Swag: A Crime and Mystery Fiction Short Story Contest
1st place $250
2nd place $100
3rd place $50
List of winners:
1. LaTrevia Myles - Fatal Obsession
2. Audrey Wierenga - The Left-Handed Letter: A Mystery Concerning Blood, Ink, Six Suspects, and a Very Unfortunate Gentleman
3. Charlotte Mazurek - A Wintery Exchange
Top Ten Teen Short Stories in no particular order:
Lauren Dumas, "Jealousy at the Joe," Academy of Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Myshel Bisard, "Escape," Grand Ledge High School, Grand Ledge, MI
LaTrevia Myles, "Fatal Obsession," Pontiac High School, Pontiac, MI
Erin Shanahan, "The Doctor's Diagnosis," Sparta High School, Sparta, MI
Emily Rondello, "The Best of the Worst, Groves High School," Beverly Hills, MI
Audrey Wierenga, "The Left-Handed Letter: A Mystery Concerning Blood, Ink, Six Suspects, and a Very Unfortunate Gentleman," South Christian High School, Grand Rapids, MI
Charlotte Mazurek, "A Wintery Exchange," Sparta High School, Sparta, MI
Sarah Wagner, "Pop! Goes the Weasel," Marian High School, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Anne Lemberg, "Wheels," Cranbrook/Kingswood, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Jaya Narain, "That Which We Seek," Houghton High School, Houghton, MI
We would like to acknowledge the great work of all of our entrants:
Edgar E. Ayala
Juan Carlos Gutierrez
Kenneth Jackson III
Deavaray L. Jackson
Manuel Lagos Jr.
Tressa C. Lopez
Chelsea M. Reyes
Roger Sherman II
Mar Rion Simms
RULES FOR SUBMISSIONS:
- Writer must be ages 13-18 and currently enrolled in school.
- The submission must be the writer’s own original, unpublished work.
- Submit entry as a Word attachment using the Withoutabox link below.
- Submission must be in a mystery or crime genre and mention a metro Detroit area landmark, building, or locale.
- Format: Double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman. Include your name, email, phone, school name and school’s address at the top of the submission.
- Only one submission per person. Submissions may be no longer than 2,000 words.
Friday, October 1 – Submission deadline.
October 31 – The winners will be announced here.
1. Does the piece meet the mystery / crime genre?
2. Does it mention a significant metro Detroit area landmark, building, or locale?
3. Does it go beyond the story length of 2,000 words?
4. Does it have its own style?
5. Does the piece have few grammar and spelling mistakes?
6. Does the piece develop a compelling story and interesting characters?
7. Does the piece use only the appropriate amount of mature subject matter?