** New deadline for submissions : Midnight EST Friday Dec 5th, 2014 **
OPEN SUBMISSIONS CALL Mystery Times 2014
Yes, we're extending the submissions deadline! Last year, we received over 200 entries from new and established authors alike. Never before published, they were gathered together in our third annual Mystery Times collection. Each story was read and rated by our judges using a single set of parameters, but each judge brought his or her own unique talents and tastes to the task at hand.
The quality of the stories was outstanding—so strong that we added two additional stories to the book—and the 2013 book hit the Top 10 on Amazon's BestSeller's lists for both paperback and kindle editions.
So we're doing it again!
Our Mystery Times 2014 seeks new mystery short stories.
Genre: Mystery—you choose the subgenre; from murder, cozy, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, paranormal. police procedural, suspense, thriller, to amateur detective.
What is a mystery? In a mystery, the main character must track down the truth about an event, often a murder. If the protagonist is in any danger, it usually becomes a problem only as the detective or protagonist approaches the truth. That's your base, how it plays out is up to you!
- No gratuitous sex, violence, or foul language.
- The competition is open to all writers in English except current employees of Buddhapuss Ink LLC.
- Submissions will be accepted from July 15th, 2014 to December 5th, 2014.
- You must be 18 or older to enter unless you have written permission from your parent or guardian.
- No previously published work(s) or simultaneous submissions please.
- Word count should be between 3000-7000.
- Send your submissions via email with the subject line “Submission for MYSTERY TIMES 2014” from
with your story as an attached file in .doc (Word) format.
PLEASE INCLUDE in the body of the email:
Your name and contact information.
NOTE: You will receive an email acknowledging our receipt of your entry within 1 business day. If you don't receive this email, first check your junk/bulk/spam folder, then if necessary please re-submit your entry and change the subject line to: "RESUBMISSION for MYSTERY TIMES 2014".
Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.
Notifications will be sent to finalists via email in late December 2014.
There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. There is no fee to enter.
Buddhapuss Ink LLC reserves the right to close or extend the competition if not enough suitable entries are received.
First Place winner will receive a Brand New Kindle, featured placement in the book, and Buddhapuss Ink swag.
Second and Third Place winners will receive featured placement in the book, and a Buddhapuss Ink t-shirt.
ALL WINNERS will receive: two (2) copies of the finished book.
Some winning entries will also be featured on our website, blog, and/or Facebook page.
The decisions of the judges will be final.
No manuscripts will be returned.
Winners will be notified in late December 2014.
Publication is scheduled for January-February 2015.
Send your best words our way!
Send to: Submissions@buddhapussink.com