Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and The Wolfe Pack, the official Nero Wolfe society, are partnering for a new annual writing prize: the Black Orchid Novella Award will honor an unpublished mystery novella (15-20,000 words) written in the tradition of the Nero Wolfe stories, emphasizing deductive skills and eschewing overt sex and violence.
The winner gets $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The first Black Orchid Novella Award will be announced at The Wolfe Pack’s annual Winter Banquet in December. Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2007. Here are the press release and the rules.