This could certainly prove beneficial to some unpublished writer hoping to make a name for him- or herself in the crime-fiction field: Scottsdale, Arizona-based publisher Poisoned Pen Press has announced its first annual Discover Mystery Award contest.
“Entries of unpublished manuscripts between 60,000 and 90,000 words must be received by the publisher by April 30th, 2012,” reports Omnimystery News, “and an entry fee [of $20] does apply. Entries will be judged by members of the Poisoned Pen Press editorial staff, along with celebrity guest judge crime novelist Dana Stabenow. The Discover Mystery Award will be presented on May 31st, 2012.” In addition to bragging rights, the winner will receive $1,000 in prize money and a publishing contract from Poisoned Pen Press.
The guidelines for entering this competition are here.