Otto Penzler, President and CEO of MysteriousPress.com, has announced the finalists for the inaugural Mysterious Press Award, which was established as a contest for a mystery novel to be published as Best E-Book Original by MysteriousPress.com and distributed in the United States and Canada by Open Road Integrated Media and published world-wide.
The finalists are:
ALIBI by Lee Goodman (represented by Janet Reid) THE DOWNSIDE by Mike Cooper (represented by Janet Reid) BRIGHT LIKE BLOOD by Leigh C. Rourks (represented by Larry Kirshbaum)
"As electronic publishing has become a significant element of the publishing world, we decided to recognize an outstanding work of mystery fiction by offering a substantial advance and a great opportunity for world-wide recognition," said Penzler. "We had an extraordinary array of outstanding crime novels submitted for the contest and will be thrilled to publish whichever one is chosen as the winner."
These top three entries have been circulated to Mysterious Press's world-wide partners for a final decision. The winner will be chosen based on a variety of criteria, including originality and literary quality.
The winning entry will receive a prize of $25,000 and guaranteed world-wide publication. The $25,000 prize will be an advance against future royalties. MysteriousPress.com will publish the winning title as an e-book original with print-on-demand copies also available. World-wide partners will have all rights (excluding dramatic rights) to publish in all formats.
The winner will be announced at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair.
The contest was open to established authors as well as first-time novelists. Submissions of complete and unpublished novels were accepted from accredited literary agents.