Murder Mystery Mayhem  November 16, 2009 - November 30, 2009

Reading and Deliberating


Nothing gets the brain fired up, the heart pumping, and the accusations flying like a proper murder mystery. Images of moving around the Clue board, of Sherlock Holmes hot on a villain's trail, and of chalk outlines on the pavement come to mind. Do you have what it takes to write a killer murder mystery? Can you do it in two weeks?

So here's the deal. Write a murder mystery based off of one of the two prompts below. The best story for each prompt will be published on, a newly created flash fiction site. Flash fiction? It's a story under 1,000 words.

Story has to be 300 to 1,000 words.
Story has to be a murder mystery.
Story has to follow on of the following prompts:
* A murder mystery that takes place in a buddy's backyard involving Karl Marx (yes, the communist dude)
* A murder mystery that takes place in a ballroom and has a lead pipe in there somewhere.

Oh, and if there aren't enough submissions by the deadline, it will be extended.

Good luck!


Get published on, a t-shirt + bragging rights


I Did It, With a Lead Pipe, In the Ballroom I Did It, With a Lead Pipe, In the Ballroom


John C. Osborn
John C. Osborn
Arcata, CA


1 Contestant
1 Submissions
Created Nov 17, 2009

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  • Any Member can Submit
  • Only Stories can be Submitted
  • Only these Genres Can be Submitted:
    • Mystery, Suspense & Thriller
  • Each Contestant May Submit 1 Piece of Writing
  • Writing may be submitted 11/16/2009 - 11/30/2009
  • Winners will be decided by the Moderator


John C. Osborn is solely responsible for the content of this contest, including all promised prizes. Take any promises of large monetary awards with a grain of salt. Contact John C. Osborn if you have any further questions.

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