Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Whodunnit Contest Guidelines are up!

Whodunnit 2015 Contest is underway!

Sleuths’ Ink 2015 Whodunnit Contest

Deadline:  May 31, 2015


1.    Write a short, solve-it-yourself mystery of no more than 700 words of the type published weekly in WOMAN’S WORLD magazine .  The count must include both the narrative and the solution.  (Check out an issue of Woman’s World to get a feel for the story type and presentation.  The magazine leans toward  “fun” stories rather than “dark” stories.)

2.    Submit your entries via email in an attached Word Document to whodunnitcontest2015@gmail.com.  Do NOT put identifying information (name, address, etc) on the document itself, but DO include in the body of the email your name, address, phone number, email address.IMPORTANT: Please indicate in your email your method of payment. (Check or PayPal).

Entry Fees:   Submit as many times as you like but each submission must include an entry fee of $5.00.  Make checks payable to Sleuths’ Ink and mail to :       Toni Somers
          1338 S. Fairway
          Springfield, MO  65804

or pay via PayPal click the button below

3.    Prizes:  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries as follows:
First:  $100.00   Second:  $50.00   Third:  $25.00
Fourth and Fifth place entries will each receive an Honorable Mention Certificate.

BONUS FOR ALL ENTRANTS:  Each entrant will receive feedback from one or more of the judges who are all published writers.

Email your entries to whodunnitcontest2015@gmail.com no later than midnightMay 31, 2015.

And finally, whether or not you win, consider submitting your stories to Woman’s World magazine.  Who knows? You may get published too!

Note:  This contest is sponsored by Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers of Springfield, MO and has no official affiliation with Woamn’s World magazine.                    

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

JANO 2015 Writing all done!

Thank you to all the participants! Well done on your writing!
2015 was grand. Enjoy your victories -- and starting editing. ;)


If you "win" JANO by writing 50,000 words in the next 31 days, then your name will be entered into a drawing for $100 cash prize. We will hold the drawing from all the 50,000 word winners at the party February 7th.

Thank you to our generous anonymous donor who made this additional prize available for this year!

Join in the fun. Participate by joining the janowriters yahoo. email group and start your keyboards clicking. It is free to join and you too could have a rough draft of a novel and $100 by February.

Happy writing!

About Jano
During January, 2010, Sleuths’ Ink held it’s first-ever JANO challenge. Modeled after the popular National Novel Writing Month in November, JANO begins in, you guessed it, January.
Participants are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel during January. Join us and kick off the new year with a novel in progress! 

Two good reasons we picked January 2015: 
1) You get an extra day to write. To complete 50,000 words during January, you only need to write 1,613 words a day.

2) The holidays are over. Winter has set in. What  better way to spend a long, dreary month than writing a novel?

Over the past few years, participants from across the nation entered our challenge. Many of them reached their 50,000 goal, with a few actually receiving a contract for their completed JANO project.

To celebrate JANO members’ successes, Sleuths’ Ink will sponsor a party February 7, 2015. Details are forthcoming. As always, during the party, prizes will be awarded to our JANO 2015 participants.  See categories below.  In addition, we're giving away a $100 grand prize to one lucky JANO participant at our annual December holiday party.  The winner of this grand prize must be a Sleuths’ Ink member in good standing as of February 1, 2015 and must have written a minimum of 25,000 words in 2015.

JANO Categories:
  1. First to 50,000 words in January
  2. Second to 50,000 words in January
  3. Third to to 50,000 words in January
  4. Best Title
  5. Best First Paragraph 
  6. Most Unique Character Name
  7. Best Blurb – 100 words or less  

KEEP IN MIND: a Blurb is often used in your query letter to sell your story to an editor or what is found on the back of the book to grab your potential reader’s attention.

  • Participant MUST have written at least 10,000 words to be eligible for prizes
  • Must be on the janowriters yahoo email loop.
  • No acceptances after MIDNIGHT January 31, 2015 deadline. NO exceptions!!!
Attendees of the Wrap-Up Party judge the last four categories on Saturday February 7th, 2015 and prizes awarded accordingly. You do not have to be in attendance to win, but we encourage everyone within driving distance to come join the FUN!


Sleuths' Ink will hold its SIXTH Annual JANO in 2015 beginning January 1. Please join us and kick off the new year by writing a new novel or adding new words only to a work in progress. 

Rules: There may be no actual writing on your JANO novel until January 1, but you may plot your novel and create character sketches before January 1, 2015. On that date, write like mad (no editing) the entire month in order to reach the 50,000-word goal.  This year seven prizes will be awarded to JANO participants. All donations are greatly appreciated.

JANO is sponsored by Sleuths’ Ink, a mystery and suspense writers’ non-profit organization in Springfield, Missouri. Contact: S.K. Jarkins  JANO 2015 Chair jano2015 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Body of Evidence

Sleuths’ Ink is pleased to announce:

 Body of Evidence

 Workshop Presented by
 Ron Yoder,
Southwest Missouri Forensics
 Former Greene County Deputy Medical Examiner

Topics Include:

Basics of Homicide Investigation
and Related Autopsies
Learn what you need to make your writing more factual and realistic.
October 11
9 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
The Library Station,
Santa Fe Room
for more information
email:  sleuthsink95@gmail.com
 Registration $10
Deadline October 4th
Space Limited
 Mail Check to:
 Sleuths’ Ink
6911 N. 23rd Street
Ozark, MO 65721
Snacks, Coffee & Tea included
Speaker subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mark Your Calendar: Writing Basics Workshop Opportunity August 30th

This is a heads-up about a Workshop on Writing Basics:
Details: August 30th at the Springfield Library Center on South Campbell, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30-5:00 p.m. in the Kid's Story Room. Sharon Kizziah-Holmes and Kathleen Garnsery, presenters. Price is thirty dollars registration fee.

For more information: contact Sharon Kizziah-Holmes skizholmes@ymail.com or Kathleen kgarnz@yahoo.com.

Note: While this is not a Sleuths' Ink event, Sharon and Kathy are Sleuths' Ink members.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Guest Blogger, Shirley McCann

http://www.amazon.com/Anonymously-Yours-Shirley-McCann-ebook/dp/B00J9QO8HW/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1395923895&sr=1-4&keywords=shirley+mccannAnonymously Yours has gone through several rewrites over the years. What started out as a YA novel finally evolved into more of a cozy mystery for readers of all ages. Truth be known, it was actually the first book I ever wrote. I’d put it aside for many years, thinking it was time to move on and forget about it, but something wouldn’t let me do that. Every once in a while, I’d pull it back out and work on it a bit.

Then when I pitched the book to an Avalon editor who seemed very interested in it, my hopes of publishing it escalated. I sent in the first three chapters, and was soon asked for a full. But as most of us know, Avalon is no more, and the book didn’t make it to publication.

It was during a Savvy Authors pitch that I once again attracted the interest of two editors. I won’t mention the second one, but I’m so happy to be associated with The Wild Rose Press. I loved the experience of going through several editing phases to make the book as perfect as could be.  I’m enclosing an excerpt below. Please enjoy.
EXCERPT:  The blood drained from my face. My body numbed from the shock of Justin’s words. There had to be some mistake! How could the police have found nothing at Michael Black’s house this morning? I was there! I had witnessed a woman’s lifeless body slide onto the living room floor in a crumpled heap.
It didn’t make sense.
Despite the warmth of the day, a shiver shook my body. If Michael Black’s wife had died ten years earlier, then who did I see at that house?
Something was terribly wrong. But what could I do? How could I explain a missing corpse?
Here's the link if you'd like to purchase a copy.  Reviews are always welcome. 
Anonymously Yours
Got Time? 13 Solve It Yourself Mysteries
 A Collection - 13 Short Mysteries
 The Necklace - A Middle Grade Mystery
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mark Your Calendars-- Sleuths' Ink Speaker

Dr. Larry Shaw will speak to Sleuths' Ink at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 12th.

Dr.  Shaw was introduced to Chiropractic care in 1958. Entered Chiropractic College in 1964 and moved to Buffalo, Missouri to start his practice in 1967. Early on he became aware that a license to practice is just "practice" with a seed of knowledge to start you on your way.

Thirsting for more knowledge in other areas of helping people to heal, he studied Kinesiology, and then Acupuncture under 5 masters at Columbia Institute of Acupuncture, and later under Eric Tao, one of the "Old barefoot doctors of China in the 40's through the 60's."

He studied Orthopedics at the Cleveland Chiropractic College and mastered Applied Kinesiology under the supervision of the father of that science, Dr. George Goodhart who originated applied kinesiology in 1964, He also studied under Dr. Walther who wrote the book Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Shaw added blood work and electrocardiographs to his practice and some things he felt were necessary, but didn't fall under description of the license.

He professes his greatest realization was that Acupuncture paralleled Chiropractic with the philosophy of both being almost identical. The only difference was Chiropractic addressed the spinal system and Acupuncture addressed the "electromagnetic system". He learned to do things with Acupuncture that could not be done with Chiropractic alone.

Dr. Shaw retired in 1995 due to bad health, hence his quest for better health progressed. He continued to study Acupuncture, and is quoted as saying, “I learned more about the science of Acupuncture in the last 18 years than I did in all my years of practice.” Currently Dr. Shaw has discovered holographs which have helped to improve his health, and at 81 years young he says he has never felt as well in general in his life.

For those of you with a curiosity about UFO’s, Dr. Shaw will also be sharing his personal extraterrestrial experience with us his