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The Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime is dedicated to helping every writer achieve the dream of publication. It is a place for men and women to find camaraderie and encouragement. Our main goal is to create an active, non-competitive atmosphere for writers, readers, and other lovers of the mystery genre.  Read more about us.

Here's hoping to see everyone at our Upcoming 2015 meetings. The first three--January 21, February 18 and March 18--will be at Daniel Boone Library, 300 Clarkson Road (just south of Clayton Road in Ellisville) on the lower level at 6:45 pm. 

Get a sneak peek at our brand new website which will have its official rollout at our February 18th meeting. Thanks to Kelly Cochran, you can now pay your dues by credit card or paypal.  Follow this link to see our great new features. If you find anything amiss, just let us know.



Benefits of Membership

Members of the St. Louis chapter receive discounted admission to special events and conferences, access to our Professional Writer's Library, invitations to member's only social events and contests, the opportunity to learn from sisters and misters with real world experience, a monthly electronic newsletter and e-mail alerts with up to date information of chapter happenings, and most of all when you join Sisters in Crime St. Louis, you make friends with people who share your passion. How do I join?

Membership is just $20 a year. Join by January 31 and receive one of our very special St. Louis SinC mugs designed by Hayes Artworks.

Professional Writers' Library

As a member you have access to a variety of resources in the SincSTL Library. The resources cover everything from writing, to editing to publishing and beyond. What's in the library?

Author Websites

Interested in viewing the websites of SINC STL authors?

Four for Forty Contest
Announcing a very special contest--exclusively for members of Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime! This contest is guaranteed to help members ramp up those all important beginnings. You'll want to win first prize--a full edit of the first forty pages of your mystery manuscript. The top three will be honored at a literary salon in July. And perhaps, your entry might attract and offer from a publishing company.


Entries must include the following:
    The first 1000 words (4 pages) of a mystery manuscript previously not submitted to this contest.
    Your entry must be double-spaced, 25 text lines maximum per page. Use a standard 12-pt font. Your name should not appear anywhere on the entry. Save the entry as a .rtf or .doc file.
    On the title line, place "Contest 2015." In the body of the email, state your name (and pen name if applicable), address, phone number, email address and title of entry. 

There is a five dollar entry fee for each entry.
Pay to Greater St. Louis SinC at a meeting or mail to our treasurer:
SinC Treasurer
10648 Charlamar Lane
St. Louis, MO 63128



Eligibility and restrictions
The contest is open only to Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime members in good standing who are unpublished in book-length mystery fiction. Only two entries per person are allowed. The previous year's First Place winning entry is ineligible for this year's contest. However, the winner may submit other entries if still unpublished. Other contestants may rewrite their entries and enter them, or they may submit other entries.

Deadline for entry
Entry and payment must be received no later than 9:00 p.m. CT on May 20, 2015 (the date of the May SinC meeting.) Any entry date-stamped after the cut-off will not be accepted. To ensure your entry is received on time, please summit early by email to Victorianwhodunit@att.net

Prizes
First, second and third place will receive certificates. The entries will also be announced and read at the July Literary Salon. The first place winner will receive a full edit of the first 10,000 words (40 pages) from a former editor and published author.

Judging
Each entry will be judged by and receive a critique from three published authors. The judges will not know the names of the writers. Results will be tabulated by the contest coordinator. Submissions will not be returned to the entrants, but all will receive brief written critiques.

Questions: Contact Fedora Amis at Fedora@fedoraamis.com




Items of Interest

Links to organizations, writer resources, conferences, forensics, and articles of interest from past meetings and conferences.

 



Chapter Meeting Schedule
Guests are always welcome!

January 21, 2015
Keep up in a World that Spins Faster with Every Passing Moment

Shirley Kennett AKA Dakota Banks is a founding member of Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime. Over the years she's held many offices and continues to support the chapter and our members. 

Shirley writes everything from Dark thrillers to Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy. Her success shows that she knows how to put readers on the edge of their seats in many genres. She promises to share a few of her techniques for creating suspense as well as her knack for reinventing herself. Shirley truly knows how to build a long-term career in writing--and writing secrets that work in all types of fiction..

Deliverance: Mortal Path Book 3



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 USA Best Book Award Winner for 2012







Usually, chapter meetings are held
-- on the third Wednesday of every month
-- at the Sachs Library off Highway 40, west of Chesterfield Mall 16400 Burkhardt Place in Chesterfield  314-994-3300.
Check the calendar for details and special events.
 
 At 6:45 pm the evening program begins and generally runs until 9:00. Following the guest speaker, there may be readings by members of their works-in-progress, a discussion of writing issues, networking, or a book discussion. Meetings are free and open to the public.

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