Tuesday, February 10, 2004

The Sara Ann Freed Award 

As reported by Publisher's Lunch:

The Mysterious Press has created the Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award for a first mystery novel, providing a $10,000 advance for publication by the Time Warner imprint. CEO Larry Kirshbaum says, "Sara Ann Freed nurtured many outstanding mystery writers at the beginning of their careers. I can think of no better way to honor her memory than the establishment of this award whose purpose is to launch the career of a talented new mystery writer." Submissions will be accepted from April 1 through July 1 only, for publication in September 2005. Details are available at MysteriousPress.com.

Well, I'm all in favor of anything that gets new voices published, so for those people who might be having some trouble getting their names out there or getting a foot in the door--this might be your chance. And I agree wholeheartedly about Sara Ann Freed--when she died last year, it was a tremendous loss to the mystery community, which needs all the champions in the publishing world it can get.

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