Submissions for Crime Wave 2 – Women of a Certain Age are now open.

Anthology Submission Guidelines


To submit to the anthology, you must be a current member in good standing of Sisters in Crime (national) and of Sisters in Crime – Canada West, both at the time you submit and when the anthology is published (currently scheduled for the fall of 2022).

There is no fee to submit.The anthology editors will select the best stories from all entries to be included in the anthology.

New! Department of First Stories

We want to encourage members whose fiction has not yet been published anywhere. Send us your stories! We’d love to publish your first short story in our anthology. If you’ve got questions, contact us at

Theme and Content:

The theme is “Women of a Certain Age.” Your story must feature a woman (or women) of a “certain age,” however you define that. There must be a crime, but it need not be murder. Your story may be set anywhere.

Original Work:

Do not submit reprints or previously published work (whether in print or electronically). For our purposes, previously published includes self-published stories and those published on a blog or public forum.


Multiple submissions are fine.

Simultaneous submissions are fine as well, however please notify us promptly if your story is accepted elsewhere, so that we can withdraw it from consideration.

Submissions will be judged blind. Do not put your name or contact information anywhere on your manuscript.

Length: no minimum; 6,000 word maximum.


Double spaced; Times New Roman 12 or other standard and similar font; Word doc or docx only.

Indent each paragraph; Do not insert an extra line between paragraphs. Use symbols to indicate section breaks (such as *** or ###).

To help our judges keep track of the story pages if they print them out, please insert a header on pages 2 onward: your manuscript title (left margin) and page number (right margin), for example:

What a Fabulous Story              2


Submissions must be received by us no later than midnight, Pacific Time, October 31, 2021.

Contract and Compensation:

If your entry is selected for inclusion in the anthology, we will send you a contract (and you must withdraw your story from any other venues to which you may have submitted it). For each selected story, we ask for exclusive first world English anthology rights for three months after publication and for non-exclusive world English anthology rights in print and electronic formats. This permits us to publish your story first (and in subsequent versions of the anthology). You will retain all other rights to your stories and will be free to submit them for reprint three months after the publication date.

Author compensation per story included in the anthology is $25 Canadian. Authors will also receive a complimentary copy of the anthology.

How to Submit:

Submit your entry by emailing it (as a .doc or .docx attachment) to Please make every effort to ensure there are no viruses in your attachment.

In your submission email, please use the following subject line to help us track communications: “Crime Wave 2 Submission; [your last name]; [Title of your story]”

and provide the following in the text of your email:

  • your contact information (at least an email address and telephone number)
  • the following confirmation: “I confirm this story has not previously been published, electronically or in print.”
  • if your story is being submitted for the anthology’s First Stories Section, please let us know that in your email and confirm you have never had a work of fiction published anywhere.

We will acknowledge receipt of your submission by email.