Black Orchid Novella Award

The Black Orchid Novella Award is co-sponsored by the Wolfe Pack, the literary society that celebrates all things Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout’s fictional detective) and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The deadline is May 31, 2016.

The Black Orchid Novella Award winner receives $1,000 from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine—plus, of course, publication in the magazine! And we fete them in style at the Wolfe Pack’s annual banquet in New York City on the first Saturday evening in December.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine editor, Linda Landrigan, says, “We need to stress that a novella is not a padded short story. A novella needs to be as tight and fast-paced as a short story or a novel. Authors need to ensure that the story they want to tell is properly sized for whatever format they choose.”

For complete rules, please visit the website. Any questions? You’re welcome to email me directly at

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