Monday, November 15, 2010

Tony Hillerman Prize

WORDHARVEST Writers Workshops and Thomas Dunne Books/ Minotaur Books announced today that Liberty, Indiana resident Tricia Fields' novel The Territory has won in the fourth year of the Tony Hillerman Prize.

Tricia Fields was born in Hawaii but has spent most of her life in small town Indiana, where she lives in a log cabin on a farm with her husband and two daughters. Set in West Texas, The Territory captures the Southwest's inimitable landscape and the current border issues as they affect the regular people living in a remote town near the Rio Grande.

The Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded annually to the best unpublished mystery set in the Southwest written by a first-time author.

Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mysteries, set on the Navajo reservation, were the first "regional" mysteries to become national bestsellers. Anne Hillerman, Tony Hillerman's daughter, launched the first Tony Hillerman Writers Conference: Focus on Mystery in 2004 through the business which she co-founded (with Jean Schaumberg), WORDHARVEST Writers Workshops. The conference highlights the art and craft of the mystery and features prominent published mystery writers.

Thomas Dunne Books and Minotaur Books are imprints of St. Martin's Press, which is a subsidiary of Macmillan.

The deadline for submissions to next year's competition will be June 1, 2011. For complete guidelines,  visit or

Information from Minotaur Books Publicist Hector DeJean. Thanks, Hector, for sending!

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