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Congratulations to our Audrey Jessop Short Story Prize winner!

Our jubilant winner, Kristina Stanley

Our jubilant winner, Kristina Stanley

Kristina Stanley walked away with the 2014 Audrey Jessop Short Story prize for her submission, “When a Friendship Fails”.

The awards dinner at The Heart & Crown in the Byward Market capped off a Capital Crime Writers’ mayhem-filled year.

A huge thanks to our judges and all participants. And it’s never too early to start working on your submission for next year.

Here’s the complete list of prize winners and honourable mentions:

FIRST PRIZE:   ‘When a Friendship Fails’ by Kristina Stanley

SECOND PRIZE:  ‘The Moment It Fell’ by Wynn Quon

THIRD PRIZE:  ‘The Ride Home’ by Linda Standing

HONOURABLE MENTION:  ‘Act the Part’ by Jennifer Jorgensen

HONOURABLE MENTION:  ‘Scapegoat’ by Nicholas Ashton

Mystery Twitter contest winners and all-stars

We had a great time reading your tweets for the first (and hopefully annual) CCW Twitter Mystery Contest.

Your super-condensed mysteries were a great lead-up to our conference, Capital Mayhem on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Thanks everyone who jumped into the fictional murder fray.

Here are our winners:

1st place:

  2nd place:

  3rd place:

All Stars:

Participants were encouraged to send in multiple entries, which explains why you may see some of these names twice. A special thanks to CCW authors Brenda Chapman and C.B. Forrest who led by example.

Twitter Mayhem: Ultimate short-short-short crime fiction story contest

twitterTo promote our upcoming crime fiction conference in Ottawa — Capital Mayhem — we’re launching a Twitter mystery contest that starts Monday, April 28. Don’t worry, you have until the end of the week to come up with a mystery that will blow our judges’ socks off. We want the opening line to a short story or novel that you haven’t yet written or wish you could read. The story must be in the crime fiction or thriller genre.

Here are the rules:
1. The complete opening sentence must be contained in a single tweet (There’s no Part 1, Part 2, etc.)

2. You can enter more than once.

3. Your tweet must contain the following hashtag: #capitalmayhem

4. To be eligible for prizes, you must live in the Ottawa/West Quebec area.

The top three tweets will be announced at Capital Mayhem. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Looking for inspiration? CanadaWrites held a contest like this a couple of years ago. Here’s a link to their winning entries in the Lawmakers/Lawbreakers Twitter Challenge.

We’ll also publish our favourite tweets on the blog, so stay tuned.

Less than a month to go for the CCW short story contest deadline

Get your crime fiction short story in by April 1.

Get that keyboard clacking to bring compelling characters to life–and the fictional unlucky to death.

Get your short story submission in for CCW’s annual cime fiction short contest–The Audrey Jessop.

Stories can be no longer than 3500 words.

The contest is open to residents of the National Capital Region and all members of the Capital Crime Writers. You must be 18 years of age or older. Cash prizes are available:

  • 1st prize: $200
  • 2nd prize: $150
  • 3rd prize: $75

Details about the contest are posted  here.

Start plotting the perfect crime for the 2014 CCW story contest

Murder you can get away with--the fictional kind.

Murder you can get away with–the fictional kind.

Plot fictional revenge on your unfavourite people and write a short story featuring the perfect crime.

Details for the 2014 Capital Crime Writers Contest are now posted.

The contest is open to residents of the National Capital Region and all members of the Capital Crime Writers. You must be 18 years of age or older. Cash prizes are available:

  • 1st prize: $200
  • 2nd prize: $150
  • 3rd prize: $75

Audrey Jessup Short List

On Thursday, April 18, CCW announced the five shortlisted stories.
In alphabetical order (so no indication of final position), with an initial “A”, “An” or “The” not counting, these are the five stories on the shortlist.
·        Amends   by   Jeff Ross
·        Bus 66 to Nowhere   by   Jennifer Jorgensen
·        An Improbable Meeting   by   Cynthia Syme
·        The Outsider   by   Wynn Quon
·        Trifecta   by   R.L. Brennan
Congratulations to those shortlisted.
The final rankings and the prizes will be presented on June 12 at the Clocktower Brew Pub (and restaurant) on Richmond Road (in the Westboro district of Ottawa). The evening will commence at 6:00 for those wishing to buy dinner. The awards ceremony will follow. Each person on our shortlist is given an opportunity to read part of his or her submission. Later, generally everyone who wishes to do so is given the chance to read from their own work.
Best of luck to those shortlisted.

2013 Short Story Contest

The 2013 Capital Crime Writers Short Story Contest

1st Prize:   $200.00         2nd Prize:  $150.00                 3rd Prize:  $75.00

  Entries must be postmarked by April 2, 2013. Contest is open to all residents of the National Capital Region. Aged 18 + and to all members of Capital Crime Writers

Stories must be: Original unpublished fiction| featuring crime | no more than 3500 words | in English  | typed double-spaced | on white paper

(Submissions that identify the author in  the pages of the story will be rejected.)
Identifying information must only be  found on a separate cover page, which must include:

Your name | mailing address | email address telephone number  | Story title | an accurate word count

There is a limit of one submission per author.
You must mail or deliver 3 hard copies of  your story submission to:

Capital Crime Writers Short Story Contest
Suite 124
393C Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K2A 0E9


Please include a cheque payable to: “Capital Crime Writers”

$10.00 entry fee ONLY or $25.00 if you wish to also receive a written critique of your work. To take advantage of the critiquing service, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope so that we are able to  return your manuscript.

A short list of 5 stories will be announced on April 18, 2013. Prizes will be awarded at a Capital Crime Writers event in June, 2013 with winners asked to read from their stories.  Those who have submitted a story will be notified of the time and place of each event by e-mail; notices will also be posted at:

Judging will be blind & conducted by a  panel of  3 knowledgeable volunteers.

For more information: E-mail:


2012 Audrey Jessup Winners

1st place: John Haas for Til Death
2nd place: Jane Watson for At Rest with the Lord
3rd place: Jennifer Jorgensen for The Neighbours

Honorable mention: Elizabeth Hosang for One Last Job
Honorable mention: Adrienne Stevenson for Rebecca sorts things out

2012 Shortlist finalists for Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest

The shortlist finalists for the Audrey Jessup short story contest were announced on Thursday April 19, 2012. They are:

“Til Death” by John Haas

“One Last Job” by Elizabeth Hosang

“The Neighbours” by Jennifer Jorgensen

“Rebecca Sorts Things Out” by Adrienne Stevenson

“At Rest with the Lord” by Jane Watson

The winners will be announced at the CCW Meeting on Wednesday June 13 at Collected Works, between 7:00-9:00. The winners are invited to read a five-minute excerpt from their work.

This final meeting of the year will offer free food and drinks… See you there!