The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers will award one grant to an unpublished writer in the malice domestic genre at each year’s convention. Founded in 1993 by Beth Foxwell, a former Malice Domestic Board Chair, it was later named for the late William F. Deeck, a long-time supporter and friend of Malice Domestic, Ltd. and an advocate for unpublished writer. The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers is designed to foster quality malice domestic literature and to assist the next generation of malice domestic authors on the road to publication.
Malice Domestic, Ltd. awards the grant based on a demonstrated commitment to the malice domestic genre. The grant may be used to offset registration, travel, or other expenses related to attendance at a writers’ conference or workshop within a year of the date of the award. In the case of nonfiction, the grant may be used to offset research expenses. The grant includes a $2,500 award plus a comprehensive registration for the upcoming convention and two nights’ lodging at the convention hotel, but does not include travel to the convention or meals.
A DEFINITION OF THE MALICE DOMESTIC GENRE: The genre is loosely described as mystery stories of the Agatha Christie type—i.e. “traditional mysteries.” These works usually feature no excessive gore, gratuitous violence, or explicit sex.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Writers must not have published a book, short story, or dramatic work in the mystery field, either in print, electronic, or audio form. Members of the Malice Domestic, Ltd.’s Board of Directors and their families are ineligible to apply. Previous winners of the Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers are ineligible to reapply for the grant. Malice Domestic, Ltd. encourages application from minority candidates.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINE: Candidates must submit an email attachment containing the following required materials to the Grants Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline: a letter of application explaining the writer’s qualifications for the grant and the conference or workshop to be attended o the research to be funded; a short bio; the candidate’s preferred postal address, email and telephone number(s); a plot synopsis of no more than 300 words; three consecutive chapters of the writer’s Malice Domestic genre work-in-progress, preferable the first three chapters. In addition, an applicant must be prepared to submit a copy of his/her entire work-in-progress if requested by the Grants Chair.
Deadline for receipt of materials is November 1. Materials will be accepted between May 1 and November 1.
Address grant questions to email@example.com.
APPLICATION REVIEW: Applications will be reviewed and a winner chosen by Malice Domestic Ltd.’s Board of Directors or its designated representatives. The Board reserves the right to reject any incomplete, inappropriate, or late applications. In the event there are no qualified candidates, the Board reserves the right to make no award at all. The decision of the Malice Domestic Ltd.’s Board of Directors is final.
NOTIFICATION: The winner and all other applicant for the grant will be notified in March of the status of their submissions.
GRANT PRESENTATION: The grant winner will be announced at the Malice Domestic convention. The winner will be required to submit within one year, a report to the Board (via the Grants Chair) on the use of the grant award.
1994: Jeffrey Marks, The Scent of Murder
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