The Audrey Jessup Short Story Contest


Writer Guidelines

The contest is open to all residents of the National Capital Region aged 18+ and to all members of Capital Crime Writers.

  • Original unpublished fiction
  • Feature a crime
  • No more than 3500 words
  • In English
  • Typed double-spaced
  • On white paper

The judging process is blind.  Therefore the author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript or they will be disqualified.

Please include the following information in a separate cover letter.

  • Your name
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Story title
  • An accurate word count

Only one submission per author.  Deadline for submission is Monday April 2, 2018.


  •  $20.00 entry fee ONLY; or
  • $40.00 if you wish to also receive a written critique.

Payment of the contest entry fees can now be made via the PayPall button at the bottom of the page.  Submissions can be emailed in .doc or .docx format to:  Or, you can mail the manuscript and a cheque, made payable to Capital Crime Writers to:

Capital Crime Writers Short Story Contest
1452 Portal St.
Ottawa, ON


A short list of 5 stories will be announced after the contest closes.  Winners will be announced at a Capital Crime Writers event in June 2018 with winners asked to read from their stories.


  • 1st Prize:   $200.00
  • 2nd Prize:  $100.00
  • 3rd Prize:  $50.00


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