Mystery Writer's Markets
It shouldn't be a mystery who to send your latest short story or non-fiction
article to. Below you'll find guidelines to today's popular mystery mags.
Read the guidelines carefully and don't forget to mail a SASE. If you're a
magazine publisher and would like your magazine's writer's guidelines
included in this list, email them to: Netera@aol.com in the style below.
MYSTERY READERS JOURNAL
PO Box 8116
Berkeley, CA 94707
Facts: 17 years old, reaches 2,000 international mystery readers. Not
interested in fiction. Avoid "Why I Write Mysteries About (subject).
Don't use caps for the entire article. Each quarterly issue focuses on a
Dec. 2001 - Oxbridge (Oxford & Cambridge) DL: Nov. 15.
Seeks short reviews and articles focusing on the theme of the issue. Reviews
of a single book should be 200 words or less, articles about 1,000 words.
Address articles to the Editor, Janet A. Rudolph.
Formats: typed, double spaced. On a 3.5" disk in Macintosh Word 98,
Windows Word 97, or ASCII text format. Submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment: You will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which your
ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE
475 Park Ave. South,
New York, NY 10016
Sample copies: $5.
Fact: No need to query first. Send the entire manuscript. Wants only
fiction. No actual crime stories. Does not accept simultaneous submissions.
Stories submitted to AHMM are considered only for this publication.
Interested in nearly every mystery: stories of detection of the classic
kind, police procedurals, private eye tales, suspense, courtroom dramas and
espionage. Asks that the story be about a crime threat or fear of one.
Prefers stories not be longer than 14,000 words. Most stories chosen are
shorter. Looking for manuscripts that have not be published elsewhere, are
well-told and absorbing.
Format: typed on plain white paper, double-spaced, name and address at the
top of the first page. The title of the story and your byline should be on
the first page of the story. No separate title pages. Do not justify the
right-hand margin. Number pages on the upper right-hand corner. Don't use
italics, large-size or boldface characters. You can underline to indicate
italics. Leave 1" line spaces between paragraphs. Mail stories flat
with the pages bound only with a paper clip. Use a SASE or IRCs if you want
the manuscript returned.
CHARACTER TRAITS: AN AUTHOR'S PERSPECTIVE
by Patricia Harrrington
Readers want to identify with the protagonist in the story.
Equally important, so does the protag's creator. One way for an author to do
this is to look at his or her own character traits. What ones will
work over the long haul to sustain the main character's persona and keep
readers coming back?
Most experienced fiction writers know that their lead characters,
particularly those in mysteries, embody some aspect of a writer's alter
ego. Of course, most authors are also quick to add that readers
shouldn't assume the protagonist is the author in fictionalized form.
Usually readers are given glimpses of the author's personal attributes
through the protagonist reacting to situations. Oftentimes a kind of
wistfulness on the part of the author shows through. The "I wish
I were more like this" quality which results in the creator's
protagonist being braver, sexier, smarter. Well, you get the idea.
This is certainly true for me and my mystery series amateur sleuth Bridget (Bridg)
O'Hern, age 48. But it is also true for two other amateur sleuths I
have created: Clarabelle Gilley, 74-years young, and Stacie Mercer, 25, who
is a paraplegic as the result of a skiing accident. In looking at
"myself," I came up with three character traits that I admired or
coveted. Unfortunately, I don't have them in abundant supply. In
fact, there are days, when I couldn't chase down one of these admirable
qualities for love, money or the life of me. So I make do by
giving them to Bridg, Clarabelle, and Stacie.
INTUITIVE POWERS -- My powers of intuition have been blunted by early
negative conditioning. I never developed the ability to speedily
assess and compare situations using a combination of the intellectual and
visceral. I'm a plodder, not a skilled guesser. But I admire the
attribute of intuition. Bridget has this quality in the tradition of
early detective intuitionists.
GUTSY/IN YOUR FACE TOUGHNESS -- My senior sleuth, who was an army
nurse during the Korean War, does not take guff. Not from
anyone. I, on the other hand, am congenitally committed to
politeness. I'll make peace at all costs. Not Clarabelle.
She has backed down colonels, bureaucrats, the police and irascible seniors
in the low income senior residence she runs. While her attitude gets her
into scrapes, it also helps her to get out of them.
COURAGE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY – I suppose, given a lifetime of living,
I've had moments of "courage." Not the kind where you face
down a mugger, but the kind where you endure through and then overcome the
heartache of a seriously ill child or a loved one who betrays you. It
takes courage to take on life and live it to the fullest. My youngest
sleuth is doing just that–in a wheelchair. Stacie's had her year of
grief, mourning the fact that her legs are paralyzed and holing up to avoid
pitying stares. Now she's turned her competitive spirit and her
analytical mind to racing in sports-on-wheels events and solving mysteries.
Just slipping into these characters' personas is fun for me. I suspect
other authors do the same with their creations. Undoubtedly, there is
a little of the "Walter Mitty" dreamer in each of us.
Death Stalks the Khmer, ISBN # 1-58851-350-5
A mystery set near Seattle but with roots in Cambodia's "Killing
"Khmer Rouge war crime trials to begin by year end" ---Hun Sen,
Prime Minister, Cambodia