3 January 2020.





St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition 2020.

Each spring, MWA presents the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in writing competitions. This competition is a unique opportunity for creativity and suspense in the world of crime narratives.

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Mystery Writers of America, Inc was established in 1945 by a dozen or so like-minded mystery writers for the purpose of promoting and protecting the interest and welfare of mystery writers and to increase the esteem and literary recognition given to the genre.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • Competition submission will closed in 3 January 2020.
  • The competition winner will be announced at March 31, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel.
  • Employees, and members of their immediate families living in the same household, of Minotaur Books or Mystery Writers of America (or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of either of them) are not eligible to enter.
  • Only one manuscript entry (the “Manuscript”) is permitted per writer.
  • Only electronic submissions, uploaded through the online entry form, will be considered; do not mail or e-mail manuscript submissions to Minotaur Books.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents or PDFs. All manuscripts must be double-spaced, with pages numbered consecutively from beginning to end. All manuscripts must be saved as “Manuscript Title_Entrant Name.”
  • Each entrant should keep a copy of the Manuscript for his or her own protection.
  • it is important that you submit your Manuscript as early as possible. Submissions will get a more careful reading if the judge does not have to contend with a flood of last-minute entries.
  • All Manuscripts submitted: a) must be original works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language; b) must be written solely by the entrant,
  • Judges’ Criteria: originality, creativity and writing skill.

Opportunity Cost


  • The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. On the condition that the selected winner accepts and executes the publishing contract proposed by Minotaur Books, the winner will then be recognized at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City in April 2020.

How to Apply

First Step: Prepare Your novel well as Required.

Second Step: Fill the Submission Form by all Required Information.

Before uploading, please ensure that your Manuscript is formatted as follows:

  • The Manuscript must be either a Microsoft Word document or a PDF
  • Text must be double spaced
  • Pages must be numbered consecutively from beginning to end
  • The Manuscript must be saved as “Manuscript Title_Entrant Name”

Third Step: Submit The Submission Form from here.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Salma Abd El-Aziz /Egypt

Reviewed by” Hesham Galal / Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team