The winner of the Hillerman Prize receives: a publishing contract with St. Martin's Press and $10,000

The Prize:

  • Is open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published mystery

  • Is awarded annually for the best mystery set in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, or Utah

  • Is for a novel with murder or other serious crime at the heart of the story

  • Rules and Guidelines

    1. Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story, and emphasis is on the solution rather than the details of the crime.

    2. The story’s primary setting is the Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

    3. All entries must be received or postmarked no later than TBD and must include:

    a) A double-spaced and neatly typed copy of the manuscript (photocopies are   acceptable), with pages numbered consecutively from beginning to end. The author’s name should appear only on the title page, and otherwise not appear anywhere on the manuscript pages.

    b) A letter or cover sheet containing the name, address, email address and telephone number of the contestant and the contestant's previous writing credits, if any.

    4. All entries must be mailed to St. Martin's Press at:
    St. Martin's Minotaur/THWC Competition, St. Martin's Minotaur
    175 Fifth  Avenue,  New York, New York 10010