Announcing our second short story contest for Canadian writers previously unpublished in the genre of crime fiction. The winning story will be included in our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, to be published in 2019.

Judging of the stories will be done blind by a committee. You must remove all personal identifiers from the header, footer and body of your submission.
Please contact for all questions related to this contest.

Rules of Submission:

  1. Your story must be about a crime. The crime is usually murder or a significant theft or scam.

  2. Music is the theme of all the stories in the anthology. Your story may be based on a work of music or the words of a song. (Music from any time period is allowed.) Your main character may be a musician or devoted music fan. Your imagination is the only limit.

  3. Please note: song lyrics are copyright and cannot be quoted in a story unless permission has been received from the songwriter. This can be costly. The exception to this is public domain works, such as a centuries-old folk ballad where the composer is unknown. But MOST songs from the 20th century, such as anything by The Beatles, is still under copyright.

  4. You must not have had a work of prose crime fiction published (i.e. short story, novella or novel) in either print or electronic form. If you have written poetry or non-fiction newspaper or magazine articles or non-fiction books about crime, you are allowed to submit a story for this contest.

  5. You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident in Canada.

  6. Your story length should be between 2000 and 5000 words.

  7. A maximum of two submissions per writer.

  8. Formatting requirements:

    • No personal identifiers anywhere in the header, footer or body of the story

    • Include the story title and page number in the document header

    • Story file in .rtf format, double-spaced, Times New Roman (12 point) or similar, 1” margins and please, no unusual formatting.

  9. Each submission must include a title page with the story title, name of the author and the word count of the story.

  10. Deadline for submission: March 1, 2019. All submissions must be electronic and sent to

  11. The contest judges reserve the right to name more than one winner. They also have the right to not declare a winner if none of the entries meet a standard suitable for publication in the anthology.

  12. The winning author(s) must be prepared to sign a contract with Carrick Publishing. Royalties will be shared equally between all contributors to the anthology after the publisher’s expenses are recovered.

  13. GOOD LUCK! After all, thirteen is the Mesdames’ lucky number.