Mystery Writers of America Southwest Chapter




In conjunction with our annual conference we also offer a short story contest sponsored by our good friends at Murder By The Book. The winners for 2006 contest were "Nineteen Going on Dead" by Sally Love, Houston, TX (first place); "Out of Bounds" by Terry Portillo, The Woodlands, TX (second place); and "The Community Garden" by Susanne Scaldino, Houston, TX (third place).


The Sleuth Sayer is published once a month (except July and August), and covers topics on writing, forensic research, publishing trends, interviews, member news and more. Articles and volunteers are always welcome and should be submitted by the 25th of the month before the month of publication. Our editor is Laura Elvebak; she can be reached at


MWA/SW offers a private online forum for members to stay in touch and discuss topics of interest. The forum is free, but the forum is reserved for MWA/SW members and all memberships are verified with National and you must have an email account. The list is available through Yahoogroups, a list service site. is the fastest way to get information about chapter activities. This is a low traffic list—rarely are more than one or two messages a day sent to the subscribers. The list is moderated to ensure that postings are appropriate and stay on topic. Recent posts have included a discussion on agents, pros and cons of using pen names, industry announcements, anthology editors seeking authors, and chapter meeting information.

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In 2001-2002, MWA/SW sponsored a publishing contest for members, with the winning manuscript to be published by Top Publications, a Dallas-based mystery publisher. The winner was Kay Finch, whose novel Final Decree was published by Top Publications in May 2003. We are in negotiations with another publisher to offer a new contest to our unpublished members.

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