Capital Crime Writers
is made up of mystery/crime writers
at every stage of their writing career,
and readers who love the genre.


2010 Audrey Jessup Contest Shortlist

In Alphabetical Order (by story name)

Fifth Target by Bill Newman
Five-star Exploitation by Joe Italiano
Flushed by Maggie Taylor
Speedball by R.L. Brennan
That's Entertainment by Wynn Quon


The Audrey Jessup

Congratulations to the 2009 Audrey Jessup Short Story Winners!

First Prize -- Kate Jaimet for "Swisha"
Second Prize -- Mike Strong for "The Scoreboard"
Third Prize -- Caroline Wissing for "Gemini"

Honourable mentions include Sylvia Braithwaite for "Prose and Potions" and Nancy Pawelek for "The Incident in Bytown".

Kate Jaimet Mike Strong Caroline Wissing
Sylvia Braithwaite nancy Pawelek  

Capital Crime Writers thanks the judges, Michael Murphy of the Ottawa Public Library and authors R.J. Harlick and Sue Pike.  Thank you also to our sponsors Prime Crime bookstore and The Bookstop.

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2008 Audrey Jessup Contest Winners...

First Prize -- Brenda Chapman for Evening the Score
Second Prize -- Sylvia Braithwaite for Fortune's Fool
Third Prize -- William Newman for Queen's Pawn Gambit

Honourable Mentions going to
Ken Gibson for Clee Shay's Dog Day Afternoon
Ken McBeath for Hard Case

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2008 Audrey Jessup Contest Shortlist

In Alphabetical Order (by last name)

Story Title
Fortune’s Fool
Evening the Score
Clee Shay’s Dog Day Afternoon
Hard Case
Queen’s Pawn Gambit

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2008 Arthur Ellis & Audrey Jessup Shortlist Announcements

Ottawa Library, 120 Metcalfe - Wed April 30, from 7 - 9 p.m.

This year the Arthur Ellis shortlists will be announced on Wed. April 30, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Auditorium of the Main Library, 120 Metcalfe St. The evening will start with a panel of past winners, Barbara Fradkin, Mary Jane Maffini, Rick Mofina and Sue Pike. R.J. Harlick will lead them through a discussion on what it takes to write winning crime stories, be they novels or short stories. At around 8:15 or so, the shortlists for the 2008 AE awards will be announced for the 7 categories including Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished Crime Novel. We will also be announcing the shortlist for the Audrey Jessup Award for Best Crime Short Story. Please plan to come. It promises to be an exciting evening.

The Capital Crime Writers Mystery short story contest for the Audrey Jessup award is now closed for 2008. The shortlist announcements will be made at the Ottawa Library on Wednesday April 30, 2008 as follows:

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2008 Audrey Jessup Awards Night

Come join us June 11, 2008 for the annual CCW Mystery Café and Audrey Awards at Biagio's Restaurant. We’ll be announcing the awards and celebrating with the winners. Be on hand for readings from the winning stories. Bring your own writing along as well, as you’ll have the opportunity to read from your finished or in-process work.

Where: Biagio’s (
When: June 11, 2008
7:00 for Mystery Café
6:00 for dinner

If you plan to attend for dinner, please email Bev Panasky at by June 1.

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2008 Mystery Short Story Contest the Audrey Jessup Award

Here's an early heads-up for the ninth annual Capital Crime Writers' Mystery Short Story Contest for the Audrey Jessup Award, open to members of Capital Crime Writers, and all published and non-published residents of the National Capital Region, including Gatineau, aged 18 and over.

will be awarded at a Capital Crime Writers event later in the spring. First Prize - $150, Second Prize - $75, Third Prize - $50


The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2008. 
Blind judging will be done by two published mystery authors and a literary radio host.

Your story should be:
Fiction featuring a crime.
No more than 3,500 words.
In English.
Typed double-spaced on white paper, two-sided is fine.
Without any identifying information on pages containing the story.

You must send or deliver three copies of your story
submission to the following address:

Audrey Jessup Contest
  560 Roosevelt Avenue
  Ottawa, ON  K2A 2A1
Please include a cheque for
$10 as an entry fee, or
$25 if you wish your story to be critiqued

Payable to Capital Crime Writers
An e-mail acknowledgement will be sent out upon receipt of your submission.

Be sure your submission is postmarked no later than April 1, 2008.
Include your name and contact information, including e-mail address, on a separate sheet of paper — do not include your name in the headers of your manuscript.

There is a limit of one story per person.

For those taking advantage of the critiquing service, please be sure to enclose an SASE so that we can return your critiqued manuscript.

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