For the 3rd issue of The Stone Digital Literary Magazine, we wanted to try something new and think outside of the box.
For this special issue, we are asking for your best mystery stories. We are defining mystery just as editor Otto Penzler has done for the Best American Mystery Stories anthologies. A mystery story shall be “any short work of fiction in which a crime, or the threat of a crime, is central to the theme or plot.” This broad definition gives writers a wide berth in which to navigate their imaginations. Many genres could cross over from literary fiction (our normal staple) to crime thrillers to whodunits to ghost stories. What we hope for is to uncover stories with a strong psychological bent. Characters and their psychological dimensions should remain paramount to plot and atmosphere.
Are you up to the challenge? Then what the heck are you waiting for? Follow the below guidelines and submit your mystery story to The Stone today! Continue reading