Click over to the contest home page to watch a video in which I talk about the winners and to download a .pdf of the winning entries.
WEEK 3 [10/4 – 10/10]: Minute Mysteries
This week, it was murder, mayhem, detection, and discovery. Our contestants showed us their most compelling mini-mysteries that can be read in under a minute—and were under 250 words long. We gave them some ideas: a classic locked-room mystery; a story with numerological significance (a countdown, a pattern, a mathematical clue, etc.); the tale of the disappearance of a valuable object; a family secret comes to light; an old letter tucked in a book or hidden in plain sight.
Here are our winners!
LITERARY WINNER: Jessica Kantrowitz, “Text-based”
Literary 1st runner-up: Laura Crouse, “The Power of Innocence”
Literary 2nd runner-up: L. F. S. Alden, “The Old Man’s Will”
POPULAR WINNER: Olivia Jakobitz, “Willful Mystery”
Popular 1st runner-up: Ed McNamara, “Blueberry Manifest”
Popular 2nd runner-up (tied): Cheryl Cardoza, “Keep it Safe”
Popular 2nd runner-up (tied): Jessica Kantrowitz, “Text-based”
Here I will post links to some that didn’t win, but earned well-deserved honorable mentions.