Locked Room Mystery Writing Contest

Locked Room Mystery Writing Contest

Competition, Rules, and Regulations

TheNextBigWriter Locked Room Mystery Writing Contest

Official Competition Rules and Regulations

1.     OPEN ONLY TO MEMBERS OF THE THENEXTBIGWRITER PREMIUM

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Members of theNextBigWriter.com may enter the Competition by:

  • Becoming a Member of theTheNextBigWriter Premium Group
  • Posting the SHORT STORY to this group.
  • Submitting the entry using the Contest tab. 

·        The work is officially considered entered if it appears on official entry list visible here:

https://www.thenextbigwriter.com/contest-entries/Locked+Room+Mystery+Writing+Contest-16

The challenge of this competition is to post the most original, creative short story that contains the following characteristics:

  • It must be a locked room mystery. A locked room mystery is one in which the perpetrator commits a crime, usually a murder, under circumstances in which it seems almost impossible they would have been able to commit the crime. There is usually a crime scene with no indication of how the perpetrator could have entered or exited, or committed the crime. For more of an explanation as well as examples, please visit the following links:

Wikipedia - Locked-room mystery

TV Tropes - Locked Room Mystery

You can find additional examples by Googling the term.

  • The mystery cannot take place on Earth.
  • One of the characters must be deaf, dumb, or blind. 

There is no minimum length. The maximum length is 5,000 words.

Two entries will are allowed per member. In the case of more than two entries, the first two entries submitted will be judged.

All work posted to the site by members is the sole responsibility of the submitting person. Entrants are entirely responsible for all content posted or otherwise made available via the site. Sponsor reserves the right to declare any entries determined to not be in accordance with the stated terms of theNextBigWriter Member Agreement ineligible for entry.

2. Winner Selection: There will be three winner.s The editorial staff of TheNextBigWriter will choose the winning entries. Sole discretion for choosing the winners rests with the editorial staff. All editorial decisions and procedures relating to this Contest are final.

3. Writing Awards: The first place winner will receive $100 cash. Two second place winners will receive $25 cash.

No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. No transfer or substitution of prizes permitted. By accepting a prize, each winner agrees to the release of his/her name, pen name, likeness, and city and state of residence for potential publicity purposes, where permitted by law.

4. Eligibility: Void where prohibited by law or regulation. Contest is not open to employees and their families (spouses, parents, children/siblings and their respective spouses, and those living in the same household) of theNextBigWriter, LLC, its affiliates, advertising and production agencies. Entrants consent to the use of their registration information in accordance with theNextBigWriter privacy policy. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. All rights to any work submitted by Writing Members are retained by the submitting member in accordance with the stated terms of theNextBigWriter Member Agreement. Any entries that are currently or have previously been published or protected by a copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right other than the entrant’s may be entered, with the permission of the publisher or copyright holder, only. Entries must be original and conceived and created entirely by the entrant. Sponsor may prohibit any entrant from participating in this Contest or any future promotion offered by the Sponsor, if, in the sole opinion of theNextBigWriter, LLC such entrant (i) has tampered with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website, (ii) repeatedly shows a disregard for the rules, or (iii) acts (a) in an unsportsmanlike manner, (b) with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass theNextBigWriter, LLC or any other entrant, or (c) in any other disruptive manner. Entrants must be a Writing Member or Review Member of theNextBigWriter.com site, as appropriate, in good standing as of the end of each segment of the Contest period to be eligible to win. The Contest may be terminated at any time after its commencement without prior notice; however if such termination should occur, all prizes will be awarded to winners according to the rankings of the editorial staff.

5. Limitation of Liability: Sponsor is not responsible for typographical errors in any contest-related materials; or for any individual's inability to enter this contest, including but not limited to unavailable network, server, telephone, or other connections; failed software or hardware transmissions; other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or electronic, including lost, late, incomplete, damaged, or misdirected entries; or for any damage to any computer related to or resulting from participation. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or modify contest if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity of the contest as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event that the contest is terminated, all eligible entries received before termination will be ranked. Entrants agree that the Sponsor, its promotion partners, related companies, agencies, and their respective employees or officers shall not be liable for injury, losses, damages or costs of any kind resulting from participation in this contest or acceptance of or use or misuse of a prize or parts thereof. By entering, participants agree to be bound by these official rules.

6. Winners List: For a list of winners send a postcard, only, with your name and address to: theNextBigWriter Awards Winners List, P.O. Box 610383, Newton, MA 02461. Winners will also be posted on theNextBigWriter.com website as they are determined.

7. Sponsor: theNextBigWriter, LLC, P.O. Box 610383, Newton, MA 02461.

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