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What is a Mystery Short Story? I think of a short story as a piece of fiction less than around 20, words in length usually between 2, and 5, words. It often focuses on one event, one problem, and one character or a small set of characters. Others have defined it in more simple terms.
Wells said a short story is any piece of fiction that can be read in half an hour, and Chekhov said a story is a problem a writer must solve for a reader. Those definitions are also accurate. Now, what is a "mystery" short story?
It's the same thing, except that a crime of some kind is central to its plot. By that I mean the crime is a significant part of the story, to the point that if you remove the crime from the story, the plot has no meaning.
Be aware, however, that some mystery markets consider a short story to be a "mystery" if it merely involves a crime, or even the threat of a crime. If a crime plays an important part in the plot, the story should be considered appropriate for submission to short mystery markets. Of the seven stories I've sold to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, only two were true whodunits, where the identity of the murderer is withheld until the end.
The other five were just regular tales about characters directly involved in some way with a murder, robbery, burglary, etc.
And only one of the nine stories I've sold to Woman's World they buy word "mini-mysteries" was a whodunit. Again, if you build your story around a crime of some sort, it can and should be considered a mystery.
You should know, however, that there are different categories of mystery stories. This is important for two reasons: What are these different categories of mysteries?
Enough types for you? According to Sue Grafton in her introduction to Writing Mysteries: I think all of us know what a police procedural is, and a PI story, and most of the others.
The terms that always confused me were "cozy" and "hard-boiled. The hard-boiled has a professional detective, violence, and sex, and takes place on the mean streets. The cozy has an amateur sleuth, takes place among 'regular' folks, progresses through ratiocination rather than physical action, and sex is not something people do, it's what they have secrets about.
Or at least it used to be. The fact is, though, I really doubt you'll need to bother too much with trying to categorize your mystery. Just create a story about a regular person faced with a hostile or threatening situation of some kind, have him suffer a bit in the process, and then have him win.
That should do the job.
Some Short Fiction Basics Because of its abbreviated length, a short story must be focused and compact. It should contain no more information than absolutely necessary. This is extremely important to remember. Every paragraph, every sentence, every word, must be meaningful to the story. Everything that does not in some way move the story forward must be cut out.
You will probably find this kind of editing hard to do.The Raven Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.
The Raven Bookstore and Kristopher Zgorski will receive the Raven Award. The Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, Kansas, celebrated its 30 th anniversary in The Carter Brown Foundation in conjunction with Brio Books and Stark House Press is delighted to announce a new award for mystery writing.
The competition is open to all writers over the age of 18 writing novella-length adult crime/mystery fiction (around 20,–50, words).
The Agatha Awards, named for Agatha Christie, are literary awards for mystery and crime writers who write in the cozy mystery subgenre. The Awards are ha. MWA is the premier organization for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction.
Award-winning mystery writer Rendell also writes under the name Barbara Vine. Creator of the famous Inspector Wexford series, (it was adapted for television) Rendell is one of the most prolific and pioneering women in the genre.
The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense (The Daphne) is a writing contest with two divisions, one for published and one for unpublished authors. The Daphne is named for Daphne du Maurier, the author of REBECCA, a suspense.