Seven Days of Sleuthing OPEN CALL

Seven Days of Sleuthing OPEN CALL
Friday June 14, 2019

Edited by Tricia Kristufek

Who stole the neighbor’s jewels? Why is there a shadow lurking in the dark? Just where did that missing book go to? And how did that spot of blood end up in the living room?

Fancy yourself a detective? Put your sleuthing skills to work to bring cozy mysteries to life. We’re looking for seven lighthearted suspense novellas to publish together, giving readers an entire week of whodunits. 

Who knows? You just might end up stealing readers’ hearts!


• Jake just moved to town, so he’s unfamiliar with the local legend surrounding a certain statue. But when the statue goes missing and all eyes are on Jake, can Detective Benjamin find the real thief?

• Aunt Margaret’s jewels have gone missing, as well as several others’ in town. Mitch just wants to help, so he sets up a stake-out—but what he catches is more than he’d bargained for....

• Nate’s trip to the country was intended to be relaxing. But when a boy disappears, he jumps into action… and into Kyle’s heart.

• Mystery novels help Tony fight the loneliness his extreme shyness has caused. The new owner of his favorite mystery bookstore is intimidatingly handsome and friendly. He engages Tony in a hunt through the bookstore’s contents for the answer to a mystery left by the former owner, and in between researching for clues, romance grows.

• Sam was shocked to find that a relative he had never met had left him something in their will. He’s even more shocked to learn that he will have to engage in a sort of scavenger hunt with other contenders—some family, some not—for clues leading to the secret place where the will has been hidden. But the possible reward for success is considerable, so how can he not? Complications ensue when he falls for one of the other contenders. Can they become allies in the search, or will greed derail their romance?

• Jeremy is losing his mind. There’s no other explanation for the random disappearances—and reappearances—of his prize dahlias weeks before the state fair competition. His neighbors swear they haven’t seen anyone on his property, but he’s sure that his garden looks different, and last week all his dahlias turned pink for a day. Local garden shop owner Robert has a lot of “dirt” on the folks in town. So when adorable garden-geek Jeremy confides in him about the disturbing events he thinks he’s witnessing in his yard, Robert has his suspicions as to what’s really going on.



• Lighthearted, romantic themes are required and stories must feature happy endings.

• All stories must stand alone. No sequels to or spin-offs of previously published works will be accepted.

• Rolling submissions: Stories will be accepted until the target number (seven) is contracted.

• Story length: 60,000-75,000 words. *NEW 6/14/2019

• Manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary.

• Follow general Submission Guidelines for instructions and formatting.



Send all submissions to Please include “SEVEN DAYS OF SLEUTHING” in the subject line.

Send in the body of the email:

• Your legal name, pseudonym if applicable, and contact email address.

• Working title, series name if applicable.

• Genre and manuscript length.

• General story description in two paragraphs.

• Writing credentials.

Attach to the email:

• A short but complete story summary and/or synopsis.

• The complete manuscript, for all lengths of works.



Please follow these simple formatting guidelines. Our editors will thank you.

• Submissions will be accepted in .docx, .doc, .rtf, and .txt formats.

• Standard 12 pt Times New Roman, 1 inch margins, .5 indent for the first line of each paragraph. 1.5 line spaces between lines. No tabs or spacing to indent, please! Page numbers in the upper right corner, author name in the upper left corner with the title of the work following. Example: Stephen King / The Shining

• All submissions must be spellchecked and edited for American English grammar and spelling. Regional words and slang are acceptable when appropriate.

• Dreamspinner Press edits using The Chicago Manual of Style as its primary reference. Editing your work to these standards prior to publication will greatly facilitate the publication process.



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Answering this call for submissions does not guarantee an offer of contract for publication.