Submissions deadline: 1st January 2022
Author and anthology editor Mitzi Szereto is currently seeking original true crime stories for the seventh volume in her true crime franchise, THE BEST NEW TRUE CRIME STORIES: CRIMES OF THE FAMOUS & INFAMOUS.
Seeking nonfiction, true crime accounts of the “famous and infamous.” Criminal subjects can be from the performing and literary arts (including actors, musicians and composers, radio and TV personalities, authors, journalists, artists, etc.), politicians, sports figures, members of royalty, business entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and so forth. Criminal subjects must already be in the public eye when committing their crimes, not made famous after the fact. Stories can take place anywhere in the world and can cover a wide range of criminal activity/historical time frames. First-person accounts are especially welcome from writers with a connection to their cases. Add something new to the story, a different viewpoint or angle, particularly if your chosen case has received extensive coverage.
Material must be meticulously fact-checked and free of errors before submission, including names, dates, locations, etc. Do not send your material until you have cross checked your facts with several sources (don’t just rely on one source). This is a nonfiction book; everything must be 100% correct. To get an idea of the quality and variety of material I accept, please refer to the previous books in The Best New True Crime Stories series. Criminal subjects already covered in these volumes cannot be considered. Original material only; no reprints or fiction.
Important: Writers must contact me in the first instance with a pitch for their story idea—a brief paragraph is sufficient. (Note that acceptance of a proposal does not guarantee acceptance/publication of material.)
Word count: 4,000-7,000 words
One-time payment per story: USD $130, and 2 print copies of the book.
Contributor fees paid approximately one month following publication. (Preferred payment method: PayPal.)
For: Non-exclusive rights, with one-year’s exclusivity from date of publication.
Final deadline for submissions: Jan. 1, 2022
(Submissions may close earlier. I select material on an on-going basis; those who submit work in advance of the deadline usually have a better chance of acceptance.)
Email: TheBestNewTrueCrimeStories@gmail.com (not case-sensitive)
Format: double-spaced Arial 12-point Word document (sent as attachment). Do not indent paragraphs; instead enter one space between them. No irregular spacing between words or sentences. Absolutely no footnotes or endnotes. No photos/graphics. A bibliography is optional (if you wish to include one, format in Chicago Manual of Style.) American spelling and punctuation only, i.e. double quote marks, etc. Include your legal name, postal address, and an author bio of up to 100 words written in the third person. No simultaneous submissions.
In the subject line of your email: True Crime submission.
If you don’t receive an acknowledgement within a week of submitting your material, definitely follow up!
The Best New True Crime Stories: Crimes of the Famous & Infamous will be published in Winter 2023 by Mango Publishing Group, USA.
See here for further information.
About the Editor:
Mitzi Szereto (mitziszereto.com) is an author and anthology editor of fiction and non-fiction books encompassing multiple genres. Her books include The Best New True Crime Stories: Partners in Crime (Winter 2022); The Best New True Crime Stories: Crimes of Passion, Obsession & Revenge (Fall 2021); The Best New True Crime Stories: Well-Mannered Crooks, Rogues & Criminals (Summer 2021); The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns; The Best New True Crime Stories: Serial Killers; Florida Gothic; Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; and Getting Even: Revenge Stories. Mitzi has appeared internationally on radio and television and at major literature festivals, and has taught creative writing around the world, including several universities in the United Kingdom. She has the added distinction of editing the first anthology of erotica to include a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She created and presented the London-based web TV channel Mitzi TV, and also plays herself in the pseudo-documentary British film Lint: The Movie. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @mitziszereto.