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2018 Flash Fiction Prompts

Prompts for this year's Flash Fiction contest are below. You must use at least one somewhere within your story. “Spin us a yarn,” he/she said. Seems that Granny had an alibi for that night. I told him/her we had to keep our stories straight. It was a whopper of a lie. I’ve heard of “big fish [...]

2018-06-01T23:04:41+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

2018 Printers Row Flash Fiction Info

Coming to the 2018 Printers Row Lit Fest? We hope you'll join us at the Flash Fiction contest judged by best-selling authors and MWA members Jamie Freveletti and Sara Paretsky! Information can be found here. Prompts will be posted at 9am on Saturday, June 9th. You must be present at the Flash Fiction venue to [...]

2018-06-01T22:59:11+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

May with MWA Midwest!

I'm packed for Edgars Week in New York City! I can't wait to spend time with my mystery colleagues from all over the country... particularly the other judges of the YA novel category with whom I spent a lot of time reading, debating, and ranking over one hundred books last year. If you're also there [...]

2018-04-23T20:49:35+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Contests, Events, Public, Uncategorized|

Welcome to the new MWA Midwest Web Site!

Thanks for your patience as we figured out a few technology issues. The first issue is that we aren't very technological! Many thanks to our friends at Flywheel Creative in Austin for the design and tech assistance as we took back our old site from the cobwebs and made it shiny and new! Members, log [...]

2017-02-24T13:55:52+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Tricks (and Treats!) for Writing for Young Readers, Oct. 23

Expect some treats and tricks—writing tricks, that is—as five Chicago-area mystery authors discuss writing and publishing stories for young readers in an event co-hosted by the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and Concordia University Chicago’s Center for Literacy Sunday, October 23, starting at 1 p.m. The event will be held at Concordia [...]

2017-05-25T00:15:25+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Public, Uncategorized|

2016 Holton Awards Contest announced

Unpublished crime fiction manuscript competition opens Oct. 1 Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter’s annual Hugh Holton Contest will have guest judges—agents from Browne & Miller Literary Associates September 1, 2016-Chicago The Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter is pleased to open submissions to its annual Hugh Holton Awards Contest—and to welcome guest judges for [...]

2017-05-25T00:15:25+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Public, Uncategorized|

Congrats to our Printers Row Flash Fiction winner!

Congrats to Donna Thomas, who took home a bag of Mystery Writers of America prizes for her wonderful—and very quickly written!—story during our annual Printers Row Flash Fiction contest. Donna and her daughter stopped by our booth early on Saturday morning, and Donna's daughter encouraged her to write a piece for the contest. By mid-afternoon, [...]

2017-05-25T00:15:25+00:00 June 13th, 2016|Public, Uncategorized|