Call for Entries: CRIME UNDER THE SUN, an anthology by Partners in Crime (San Diego)

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In celebration of Bouchercon 2023, Partners in Crime: The San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime welcomes you to submit a short story to their second anthology titled CRIME UNDER THE SUN. Submissions are free.

Stories will be chosen in a blind-read process and edited by Matt Coyle, best-selling author of the Rick Cahill crime novels; Naomi Hirahara, best-selling author of several mystery series and short stories; and Tammy Kaehler, award-winning author of the Kate Reilly mystery series.

CRIME UNDER THE SUN will be an official Sisters in Crime Anthology. Partners in Crime will market the anthology with press releases and social media. In addition, Partners in Crime will host an anthology signing party at Bouchercon 2023, which will take place August 30-September 3, 2023 in San Diego.

All proceeds from the sale of the anthology will support the ongoing efforts of Partners in Crime to bring workshops of interest to crime writers and readers.

Why CRIME UNDER THE SUN? Southern California offers a wide variety of settings. Beaches, mountains, deserts. We’re urban. We’re rural. We have something for everyone. All under the sun. We’d love to see stories set in SoCal that reflect the California experience. Mysteries of all genres, suspense, thrillers and true crime are encouraged.

Please keep in mind:

  1. Stories must be in Word docs up to 5,000 words using Times New Roman 12 or another commonly used business font.
  2. Stories must contain a crime.
  3. Stories must be original and not previously published anywhere, in print, electronically or online.
  4. Stories must be anonymous, including file identification.
  5. Stories must be emailed to by midnight PT, JULY 8, 2022. Please use “Crime Under the Sun Anthology Submission in the subject line.
  6. Authors will be notified of the results by mid-September, 2022.
  7. If your story is selected, one of our editors will contact you regarding revisions.
  8. If your story is selected, you will be sent a contract giving Partners in Crime first print and e-book publication rights to your story for a specified period of time. Upon receipt of the signed contract, Partners in Crime will pay the author $25 US. Upon publication, authors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology.
  9. More than one story can be submitted by an author but only one story will be printed.
  10. Authors must be current members of national Sisters in Crime and current members of either Partners in Crime San Diego, Sisters in Crime-LA, or Sisters in Crime Orange County. Obviously, we’d love for you to be a member of our chapter but any of these chapters will be accepted and it will not affect your chances of getting in.

Feel free to email with any questions. Good luck!


Board of Directors

Partners in Crime

(the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime)