Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense

The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense is named for Daphne du Maurier, the author of REBECCA, a suspense novel with romantic and gothic overtones and a precursor to today's romantic suspense. The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense is a writing contest for published and unpublished authors of romantic suspense, mystery, suspense and thrillers with romantic subplots and mainstream mystery, suspense and thrillers.

 The contest provides helpful feedback by trained judges, and winning or placing in the competition adds a boost to the entrant's writing career. There are two divisions within the contest: Published and Unpublished. Entries are received January 15th - March 15th each year. Finalists for each division are announced in May [Unpublished] and June [Published].

The entry period for the 2017 Daphne competition is January 15th to March 15th.
Review the Rules for submission below before submitting your entry.

 

The following categories are now closed to entries for 2017:

        • Published Mainstream is now closed to entries. Unpublished Mainstream is still open! 
        • All other categories are open - both published and unpublished.

 

Get your submission in before your category closes, too!

Categories

  • Category (Series) romantic mystery/suspense: any manuscript that fits into series romance similar to those stories found in the Harlequin Intrigue or Harlequin Romantic Suspense lines.
    • Published is open. Unpublished is open.

  • Historical romantic mystery/suspense: any manuscript set in a time that predates the end of World War II.
    • Published is open. Unpublished is open.

  • Inspirational romantic mystery/suspense: any manuscript in which religious or spiritual beliefs form a significant part of the story.
    • Published is open. Unpublished is open.

  • Mainstream mystery/suspense: any manuscript where the mystery/suspense is the main plot.  
    • Published is now CLOSED. Unpublished is still open.

  • Paranormal/Time travel/Futuristic (PTTF) romantic mystery/suspense: any manuscript in which paranormal elements play a significant role.
    • Published is open. Unpublished is open.

  • Single Title romantic mystery/suspense: any manuscript where the romance is the main plot but which contains elements of mystery/suspense. 
    • Published is open. Unpublished is open.

Division Specific

 Unpublished Division

 Sample Score Sheets

 Published Division

 Previous Winners and Finalists

 

For questions, please contact the Daphne Contest Chairman here.

 

Tread Lightly

Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's warm...as blood.

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