Arrest Us: LitReactor's Crime Fiction Writing Challenge Is Open For Submissions

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The time is upon us! LitReactor's crime fiction writing challenge, Arrest Us, is open for submissions! You can learn more about the challenge by reading the announcement post, but to recap: 

This is a free, public challenge. Anyone can submit. Also, anyone can read and rate stories, and offer comments and criticism. It's designed to develop new and exciting stories for readers, while pushing writers out of their comfort zones and into new territories.  

But we're not exactly making it easy. After all, it is a challenge.

Stories should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, and CANNOT contain:

  • Italian mafia
  • Sex crimes
  • Hitmen (or hitwomen)
  • Serial killers

Why? Because these are some of the most common tropes in crime fiction. So you can't use 'em. 

Again, here's the run of show:

  • TODAY: The challenge opens, and you can begin submitting stories. The reading period opens on this date, too.
  • Tuesday, July 1: The challenge closes to submissions, but the reading period remains open.
  • Friday, August 1: The reading period ends, and we start the process of sorting out of the prizes.

Yup. We've got prizes. And they're pretty rad. Like publication in Thuglit. And reader prize packs. And critiques from industry professionals. 

Our community manager, Nathan Scalia, will help us report on this event, so expect to hear updates on how things are going. 

And we've still got some cool stuff to announce. But you're going to have to wait for that. In the mean time...

Click here to submit and read stories!

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Christian Ducharme-Gauthier's picture
Christian Ducha... from Montreal, Canada is reading A Song of Ice and Fire June 3, 2014 - 12:36am

Just wrote my first english short story for this challenge in four hours. I'll proofread it tomorrow and ask for some advice from english friends and post it here after that. Thanks for kicking my ass to do something I always wanted to try. 

Alessio Patanè's picture
Alessio Patanè from sicily is reading Winesburg, Ohio by S. Anderson June 3, 2014 - 1:37am

Just a question:

By Italian Mafia do you mean Chinese, Russian, Ukranian Mafias as well?

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this June 3, 2014 - 2:16am

By Italian mafia we mean Italian mafia. 

Jay Parekh's picture
Jay Parekh is reading Fight Club June 3, 2014 - 5:58am

Hi Rob, can writers from other countries participate aswell?

EDIT - Also are multiple entries allowed?

Thanks!

Rob's picture
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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this June 3, 2014 - 6:02am

People from other countries are more than welcome to participate. 

As for multiple stories--you can. But you're better served working your ass off and putting everything you've got into one story.

This isn't a terribly long contest--the submission window closes in a month. 

Cameron Lawrence Merker's picture
Cameron Lawrenc... from Twin Cities is reading Watership Down June 3, 2014 - 8:21am

Hi Rob. For submitting stories, what technical requirements exist or are recommended? Font and font size, word doc or pdf, headers, etc. 

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this June 3, 2014 - 8:35am

Standard formatting rules apply. 12 point, double-space, Times New Roman, etc. You won't be disqualified if you put your spacing at 1.5 or use Cambria... but always best to go with the standard. 

Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine June 6, 2014 - 7:33am

Finally at a point where I want to try writing something other than a screenplay and I can't participate because I'm staff. Sad face.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this June 6, 2014 - 8:47am

You can participate. You just can't win a prize. 

Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine June 6, 2014 - 8:57am

If I "won," could we burn the prize, so no one gets it?

James LeVan's picture
James LeVan June 25, 2014 - 5:47pm

Really happy to be a part of this. I have been working on Sinister Streets of Briston all month and I am very pleased by how it turned out.

Zack McCormack's picture
Zack McCormack from Indianapolis, IN is reading Empire of the Sun June 28, 2014 - 4:39pm

Hey Rob, just happened to notice this contest. It sounds like a lot of fun. Coming a little late to the party, I was wondering when exactly the submission date ends. When you say "July 1st" is that by midnight of June 30th or just anytime on the first?  Thanks for the help.