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Press Release:
For immediate release, February 2, 2004

Contact: Violette Malan, 613-272-3591


Short story contest honours
Canada's first mystery writer

Wolfe Island's Scene of the Crime Festival is launching its 2004 short story contest in time to mark the birth date of Canada's first crime writer.

The contest opens Feb. 24 — the birth date of Grant Allen, Canada's first crime writer, born on Wolfe Island in 1848 — and is open to writers who are previously unpublished in the mystery or crime genre.

Organizers say the contest, first introduced last year, has seen entries from across the country.

"Last year we were delighted to see Canadians from the Maritimes to British Columbia turning to crime," jokes contest co-ordinator Violette Malan. "Since Canadian crime writing started with a Wolfe Islander, it seems fitting the Island be a centre promoting new writers from across the country."

Deadline for entries is May 15, 2004. Read the contest rules.

Winners will be announced on June 15 and will be presented with their prizes at the annual Scene of the Crime Festival on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004.

First prize is $50 and publication in the event program. Second and third prizes are $25 gift certificates from Kingston's Novel Idea bookstore.

The Scene Of The Crime Festival was launched to honour Canada's first crime writer, Grant Allen, born at his family home on Wolfe Island, the manor of the Baron de Longueuil family. The first Canadian to write crime stories, Allen invented one of the most popular plot conceits of the genre and was a good friend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Allen went on to become one of the most prolific writers of the Victorian period and invented a plot staple, the thief who is actually the hero of the story.

For more information about the short story contest, contact Violette Malan at 613-272-3591.