Submissions for The Black Beacon Book of Mystery close at the end of the month. We want your most puzzling mystery short story or novella.
This anthology will combine the best new mysteries with classic reprints from yesteryear, so give us a masterful tale. You'll need an engaging and memorable protagonist who can hold his or her own against Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin. Above all, we want a clever puzzle the reader can try to solve. Throw in clues and red herrings, make our readers work their "little grey cells", as Hercule Poirot puts it. The mystery could be a crime, but it could also be a historical or archaeological investigation, a treasure hunt, getting to the bottom of a local legend... it's up to you, but it must be a mystery the reader can delve into and try to solve before your protagonist. Think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, even Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, but be damned clever about it! Get moving! The game's afoot!
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Sunday 21 July 2019
David Schembri has so very kindly offered to give an independent publisher a helping hand by donating a brand new logo. We asked that the letter B be an integral part of the design and suggested that a lighthouse would reflect the atmosphere of mystery and suspense that envelops us. We've managed to narrow it down to two finalists, but we need you to choose which will become our official logo. It's all happening on Facebook. If you have an account, hop over there and vote. If you don't, which is perfectly understandably, ask a friend to cast a vote for you: Logo 1 or Logo 2. The more votes we get, the better. There's also an ebook to win, or a print book if we reach 100 votes.