If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.


Our reason for creating WWK originated as an outlet for our love of reading and writing mystery fiction. We hope you love it, too, and will enjoy our holiday gifts to our readers with original short stories to celebrate the season. Starting on 11/16 stories by Warren Bull, Margaret S. Hamilton, Paula Gail Benson, Linda Rodriguez, KM Rockwood, Gloria Alden, and E. B. Davis will appear every Thursday into the New Year.


Our November Author Interviews: 11/8--Ellen Byron, and 11/15--Sujata Massey. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


November Saturday Bloggers: 11/4 Margaret S. Hamilton and 11/11 Cheryl Hollon.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.


In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," just published, will appear in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Apply for the Malice Domestic Grant by Shawn Reilly Simmons


A common question writers get is “How did you get started in your writing career?” While that question can be answered in any number of ways, thirty-five unpublished writers and counting can say they won special recognition for their writing through the Malice Domestic Grant Program.

Founded in 1993 by Beth Foxwell, and later named for the late William F. Deeck, a long-time supporter and friend of Malice Domestic, the Malice grant program awards up to two grants per year to unpublished writers who are writing Malice literature (see definition below). The purpose of the grants is to foster quality literature and to help the next generation of Malice Domestic authors on their way to publication.

The grant committee is gearing up for the 2014 submission period, which is open from September 15th – November 15th. The committee reads every submission, vets the manuscripts, and decides as a group who will be the next grant recipients.

Many Malice grant recipients have gone on to successful writing careers after receiving their awards and recognition, and several have become bestsellers. It’s a wonderful way to launch a writing career, or gain recognition for your work while still unpublished.

The grants are $1500 each and registration to the Malice Domestic convention, which takes place at the Bethesda Hyatt from May 1-3, 2015. The registration includes two nights’ lodging at the convention hotel (an additional $700 value for hotel and registration). The grant winners will be announced at the Agatha Banquet on Saturday, May 2, 2015. 
  
So, what exactly is Malice Domestic literature? We get this question a lot. Malice fans are lovers of the traditional mystery, those best typified by the work of Agatha Christie. Malice literature contains no graphic sex or violence. There are many individual styles of books contained within this loose definition. Malice was originally founded by a small group of people, including Mary Mormon as Malice Chair, who were big fans of Christie, Robert Barnard and Elizabeth Peters.

That small group of fifty fans and authors has grown to over six hundred attendees today. We gather every year in the DC area to celebrate the traditional mystery, to remember the great writers of the genre, and to discover new writers writing in the same fashion. Those of us who attend Malice on a regular basis have come to think of it as a mystery family reunion, where we come to see our good friends and make new ones every year. We truly are a “Fun Fan” convention!

Fans are what make Malice Domestic such a strong convention every year. Our fans are such avid readers of not only writers with long and wide-ranging careers, but of new authors just starting out. Malice is a great place to meet fans of the traditional mystery in a very direct and welcoming way. Our programming promotes fan-author interaction and we hold the experience of all of our attendees in the highest regard.

We as a board meet all year long, every month at the hotel, working together and discussing things that have gone well and things that we may need to improve upon. We take your evaluation forms and comments throughout the year very seriously. While we can’t please everyone every time, we work very hard to make the Malice experience the best we can for everyone who attends.

If you’re an unpublished writer, please consider sending us your manuscript for consideration. You never know, you might have a story about how your writing career got started very soon!

For more information on Malice Domestic and for submission guidelines for the grant program, please visit our website: http://www.malicedomestic.org/grants.html

                                                   Malice Domestic grant winner, Gigi Pandian,
                                            and Harriette Sackler, Malince Domestic Grants chair.
 

9 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

So unpublished authors – what do you have to lose?

~ Jim

Paula Gail Benson said...

Shawn, your working with Malice is what makes the experience of each meeting so memorable. Congratulations on your own published book this year.

E. B. Davis said...

I appreciate Shawn's work for the Malice Domestic Conference. What would we do without her? Thanks so much for all that you do and for bringing this grant to the attention of unpublished writers.

KM Rockwood said...

Malice Domestic is such a supportive organization! And the conference is a wonderful opportunity to meet other fans and authors.

Gloria Alden said...

I have been going to Malice Domestic since 2007. It's where I learned about Sisters in Crime and the Guppies. Although I've attended some other mystery conferences over the years, Malice remains my favorite by far. Thank's Shawn for all the work you do.

Shawn Simmons said...

Thank you everyone! Malice is truly a labor of love for me and all of us on the Board. I really appreciate you helping us spread the word about the grants and Malice!!

Warren Bull said...

Useful information

Kara Cerise said...

Thank you for the information, Shawn. What a wonderful opportunity!

Susan O'Brien said...

So thankful for Malice and this grant! I'll always remember submitting the initial chapters of my book. Simply applying for the grant was a great experience. Many thanks to Shawn, Harriette, and everyone involved with Malice.