by Donna Andrews.
I'm going to start with an official announcement from Malice Domestic:
IF YOU’RE AN UNPUBLSHED WRITER, DON’T MISS THE BOAT!
The deadline for submission to the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers has been extended to December 15, 2014.
If you have a novel-in-progress that is a traditional mystery, be it for children, young adults, or adults, your work may be chosen for a grant. You’ll receive $1,500 for attendance at a writers’ conference, mystery convention or other opportunities to help you refine your craft or network with other writers and professionals in the world of publishing. You will also receive a comprehensive registration to Malice Domestic 27 (May 1-3 2015) along with a two-night stay at the convention hotel.
For those of you who are working on a book of non-fiction on a topic relative to the traditional mystery genre, this could be a wonderful opportunity for you, as well.
The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers is held in esteem by agents, editors, and others in the publishing industry. Recognition as a grant winner can motivate you to continue on the road to publication.
Don’t miss this terrific opportunity!
For additional information, please go to: www.malicedometic.org.
And now, back to me . . . I'm just going to list some names. Jeffrey Marks. Sujata Massey. Anne White. Elizabeth Duncan. Claire M. Johnson. Stephanie Evans. G.M. Malliet. And my fellow Femme Fatale Marcia Talley. They're a few of the writers who received Malice grants as part of their path to publication. Apologies to any published grant winners I've missed, but I've deadline brain today.
Not all the award winners have gone on to successful publishing careers, but quite a few have, and I suspect there are others, particularly recent winners, who will soon be heard from.
So, aspiring mystery writers . . . what are you waiting for?