2021 Anthology Submissions


After much deliberation, due to the stress and hardships that recent local and national events have brought us all, the anthology committee has decided to extend the submission deadline for the 2021 Desert Sleuths anthology, Love Kills, to October 1st. We want to thank and commend everyone who submitted their stories by our September 1st deadline and ask that you extend compassion and understanding to our sisters and misters who may be struggling to write during this time. Write on, sisters and misters! We can’t wait to read your story! 

**SUBMISSIONS OPEN  June 1- Sept  Oct 1, 2020**

SoWest: Love Kills

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Anthology – Book 9

Lead Editor: Maegan Beaumont.

The 2021 Desert Sleuths anthology, So West: Love Kills will feature 20 mysteries and crime short stories with an emphasis on romantic suspense and domestic suspense/thriller genres.


  • The mystery, crime or murder must feature a family unit – spouses. Long-term lovers. Parents and children. Siblings. Long-time friends.
  • The story must be no longer than 3k words.
  • The story must be set in Arizona.
  • Author must be a current Desert Sleuth member as well as a current member of the Sisters in Crime national chapter, both in good standing. [Not a member? Join Now!]
  • These guidelines will be strictly followed. If any submission does not meet ALL criteria, it will be automatically disqualified from consideration. No exceptions.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: 3000 words maximum. Use Times New Roman or Georgia in 12 point font. Double spaced with paragraph indents. Only use .doc or .rtf format. These are blind submissions, please only put your name on the first page. Subsequent pages must be numbered.

SUBMIT: The deadline is Midnight, Sept  October 1, 2020. Email your properly formatted submission to our anthology coordinator at DesertSleuthsAnthology@gmail.com You may submit up to 2 stories, but if both are selected, only one of them will be included in the anthology.

AUTHOR COMPENSATION: Ten dollars ($10) or one (1) copy of the printed anthology.

PUBLISHING RIGHTS:DS Publishing, on behalf of the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter, retains the first publishing rights and non-exclusive worldwide printing and electronics rights to the accepted stories. The copyright remains with the author.

PUBLISHING FORMAT: The anthology will initially be published in print with copies available for authors to purchase and give as gifts. Later they will be available in eBook format. Both formats will be posted on Amazon.

Submissions Open June 1 & Close Midnight sept Oct 1, 2020.

Send submissions to DesertSleuthsAnthology@gmail.com.