In memory of Al Blanchard, co-chair of the first three New England Crime Bake Conferences, NEMWA President, and member of Sisters in Crime; the New England Crime Bake Committee is sponsoring the Al Blanchard Award.

The prize: $100 plus publication in Level Best Books' third anthology of Crime Fiction.


    The Story:
  • Story must be a crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting.
  • Story must be previously unpublished (in print or electronically).
  • Story must not be more than 5,000 words in length.
  • Story may include the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror. (No torture/killing of children or animals.)
    The Submission:
  • Send your submission to
  • Type "Al Blanchard Award" in subject line. (Without it, attachments will not be opened).
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as your story title and word count in the main body of your e-mail.
  • Send your story as an attachment in Word format, double-spaced.
  • We will promptly acknowledge the receipt of your submission. The attachment will be coded to insure anonymity and be sent on to the judges. Therefore, your name should not appear anywhere in the attachment.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Deadline for submission is May 31, 2005.
  The Al Blanchard Award will be presented to the winner in person at the 2005 New England Crime Bake in November. Contest winner must be able to attend the conference.