Novels Being Accepted For Tony Hillerman Prize

Staff Report

Debut mystery novels set in the southwest are now being accepted for consideration for the Tony Hillerman Prize.

Sponsored by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, the prize includes a $10,000 advance and publication by St. Martin’s Press for the best mystery set in the southwest submitted by an author who has not been published in the mystery genre before.

Deadline for submissions is June 1. For complete guidelines visit

Named after New Mexico’s best known mystery author, the Tony Hillerman Prize competition is open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published mystery.

Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with the emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.

The prize was established in 2006 to honor Albuquerque mystery writer Hillerman and has been awarded to four debut novels to date.

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