SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2016
Al Blanchard was MWA-NE chapter president and a member of Sisters in Crime when he and then-president of Sisters in Crime New England Gin Mackey seized the initiative to organize a regional mystery conference for New England. He then served as co-chair for the first three New England Crime Bake conferences.
Al exemplified everything great about mystery writing. He was the grateful recipient of mentoring and advice from writers who came before him, and he was always ready to reach out to new and aspiring writers to share his experience and knowledge. He was a dedicated and prolific writer whose career was exploding at the time of his tragic death in 2004.
The New England Crime Bake Committee established the Al Blanchard Award in his memory to annually honor the best crime short story by a New England writer or with a New England setting.
The winner is not required to attend the conference.
Please note: This contest is separate from the short story submission process for the Best New England Crime Stories anthology published annually by Level Best Books. Aside from the Al Blanchard winning story, Level Best does not automatically publish any of the Al Blanchard contest entries. To be considered for the Level Best anthology, you must submit separately to them. You may submit the same story(ies) to each. Level Best’s submission guidelines (which have changed this year) are here. http://levelbestbooks.com/submissions/