Mystery Writing Contest The Mystery & Mayhem Writing Competition recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of  Cozy Mysteries and Classic Mysteries. The M&M Awards is a division of Chanticleer International Novel Writing Competitions.

More than $30,000.00 dollars worth of cash and prizes will be awarded to Chanticleer Book Reviews 2015 writing competition winners!

The M&M Awards FIRST IN CATEGORY sub-genres  are:  Amateur Sleuth, Romance, Animals, Cooking/Knitting/Hobbies, Blended Genre, Medical/Lab, Travel, Humorous, Historical, Classic British, Y/A, and Senior Sleuth.

The following titles will compete for the FIRST IN CATEGORY Positions and Awards Packages.

The Finalists Authors and Titles of Works that have made it to the Short-list of the M&M 2015 Novel Writing Contest are:

The Long December by Mark Vilela

The Returner by Mark Vilela

The Prince Charming Killer by R. Johnson

St. Jude Without by E.M. Graham

A Stitch in Time by Ann Yost

The Bleak by Keith Dixon

Iced Tee by Cherie O’Boyle

 Blood Relations by Lonnie Enox

There is Something About Marty by Wendy Delaney

Not with My Brain You Don’t by Richard Tenney

Terror in Taffeta by  Maria Cooper

Community Affairs by Michele Lynn Seigfried

Prosecco Pink and Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti

 The Hut in the Woods by VLZ

Murder Off the Beaten Path by M.L. Rowland

Ghostly Paws by Leighann Dobbs

A Stitch in Time  by Ann Yost

Stabbing in the Senate by Colleen Shogan

Brain Matters by JR Scott

Double Duplicity  by Paty Jager

Murder Beside the Salish Sea by Jennifer Mueller

 Time to Love in Tehran by C. J. Fewston

St. Louis Affair by Michael Scheffel

Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Sword Princess by Suzette Hollingsworth

Endangered Eagle  by Richard Carl Roth

Crossing Paths by Kate Vale

Organized for Murder by Ritter Ames

Fit to be Dead and Dang Near Dead  by Nancy G. West

The M&M Finalists will compete for the M&M First In Category Positions, which consists of Four Judging Rounds.  First Place Category Award winners will automatically be entered into the M&M GRAND PRIZE AWARD competition, which has a cash prize of $250 or $500 dollars in editorial services. The CBR Grand Prize Genre Winners will compete for the CBR Overall Grand Prize for Best Book and its $1,000 purse.   

  • All First In Category Award Winners will receive high visibility along with special badges to wear during the Chanticleer Authors Conference and Awards Gala.
  • First In Category winners will compete for the M&M Awards Grand Prize Award for the $250 purse and the M&M  Grand Prize Ribbon and badges.
  • TEN genre Grand Prize winning titles will compete for the $1,000 purse for CBR Best Book and Overall Grand Prize.
  • A coveted Chanticleer Book Review valued at $345 dollars U.S. CBR reviews will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews magazine in chronological order as to posting.
  • A CBR Blue Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals
  • Digital award stickers for on-line promotion
  • Adhesive book stickers
  • Shelf-talkers and other promotional items
  • Promotion in print and on-line media
  • Review of book distributed to on-line sites and printed media publications
  • Review, cover art, and author synopsis listed in CBR’s newsletter
  • Default First in Category winners will not be declared. Contests are based on merit and writing craft in all of the Chanticleer Writing Competitions.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions at 

Congratulations to the Finalists in this fiercely competitive contest! 

Good Luck to all of the M&M Finalists as they compete for the coveted First Place Category  positions.

First In Category announcements will be made in our social media postings as the results come in.

The M&M Grand Prize Winner will be announced at the April 30th, 2016 Chanticleer Writing Contests Annual Awards Gala, which takes place on the last evening of the Chanticleer Authors Conference that will be held in Bellingham, Wash. 

We are now accepting submissions into the 2016 M&M Awards writing competition. The deadline for submissions is March 30th, 2016. Please click here for more information.