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Press Release:
For immediate release, February 14, 2007

Contact: Violette Malan, 613-272-3591


Wolfe Island Short Story Contest Honours Canada's First Mystery Writer

Wolfe Island's Scene of the Crime Festival is launching its 2007 short story contest in time to mark the birth date of Canada's first crime writer.

What better way to celebrate Feb. 24 — the birth date of Grant Allen, Canada's first crime writer, born on Wolfe Island in 1848 — than to give other Canadians a chance to publish their first crime or mystery stories?

Organizers say the contest, introduced four years ago, has seen entries from across the country, and is open to writers who are previously unpublished in the mystery or crime genre.

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

Deadline for entries is May 15, 2007. For contest rules visit

Winners will be announced June 30 and presented with their prizes at the annual Scene of the Crime Festival on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007.

First prize is $50 and publication in Kingston Life magazine. 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 — the thief who is actually the hero of the story. He was a good friend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of the Victorian period.

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

Information and tickets for the Scene of the Crime Festival are available by email at