Weekend Road Trip: Sunset in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City Maryland 2


Soon after I said my goodbyes at Bouchercon Denene and I were standing on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland, where we enjoyed a couple of days of peace and quiet before returning to Boston. The deserted dunes, crashing waves, and screeching gulls were just what I needed after attending what Denene called the longest lasting and largest cocktail party (Bouchercon) she’d ever seen.

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* Don’t forget to enter the 200 word short story contest. Details below.

The Graveyard Shift is pleased to announce our first 200 word short story contest. The rules are simple. Write a story about the photograph above using no more than 200 words, including the title. All stories must be polished and complete, meaning they must have a beginning, middle, and a twisted ending that would make my friend Jeffery Deaver proud.

The judge for this contest is Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine editor, Linda Landrigan. The contest winner will receive a signed copy of Police Procedure and Investigation. (All entries will be screened by a panel. Only the ten best stories will be passed to the judge for her review).

*This contest is presented solely by The Graveyard Shift blog. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (AHMM) is not affiliated with The Graveyard Shift blog in any way.

Contest rules:

One entry per person.

– Send all entries to lofland32@msn.com in the body of the email ONLY. No Word Docs, photos, or attachments please.

– Emails must include the phrase ‘200 Word Contest’ in the subject line. If not, they will be deleted.

– Each entry must be 200 words or less (all entries over 200 words will be disqualified).

– Entries must be received by 8am on Wednesday October 29, 2008. The contest winner will be announced on November 13, 2008.

– Please, no profanity, horror, or erotica. The Graveyard Shift is often viewed by school children who someday hope to become police officers or forensic professionals.

– The top five entries will be posted on The Graveyard Shift at a date to be determined.

– By submitting an entry to this contest authors agree to allow The Graveyard Shift/Lee Lofland to publish the story as a part of The Graveyard Shift blog and as advertisement for the Graveyard Shift blog.

*This contest is for amusement only. All rights to all work shall remain the property of the author. The Graveyard Shift/Lee Lofland reserves the right to exclude or delete any entry without cause, reason, or explanation.

I look forward to reading your entries. By the way, there are exactly 200 words in the above listed contest rules.

Have fun!