The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant Program

As many of you know, I am the Grant Chair for Malice Domestic. We are currently accepting submissions and reviewing works-in-progress for this year’s grant. If you’re an unpublished writer in the Malice genre (traditional mysteries), please consider sending us your submission for review.

Here is a Q & A I just did regarding the Malice Grant Program.

What exactly is the Malice Grants Program? What does the writer of the winning submission receive?

The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers is a wonderful way for unpublished writers of the traditional mystery to be recognized for the potential of their works-in-progress. The Program is designed to foster quality malice domestic literature and to help the next generation of traditional mystery writers get their first works published.
Each grant includes a $1,500 award which may be used to offset registration, travel, or other expenses related to attendance at a writers’ conference or workshop within a year of the date of the award. A comprehensive registration to Malice Domestic and two nights’ lodging at the convention hotel for the year the grant is presented is also included, but travel to the convention hotel and meals are excluded.

What are you looking for in a Malice Grant submission?

The Grants Committee is looking for a submission that is a cut above the rest. It must be consistent with the Malice Domestic genre which can be loosely described as mystery stories of the Agatha Christie type—i.e., “traditional mysteries.” These works feature no excessive gore, gratuitous violence, or explicit sex. Grants are awarded to works-in-progress that demonstrate excellent writing skills, originality, and a solid knowledge of character development and plotting.

What are the dates I can submit my manuscript?

The Grant submission period is from September 15 through November 15 each year. Any work-in-progress postmarked before or on November 15 will be accepted.

How is the winning submission(s) for the Malice Grant decided?

The three members of the Grants Committee receive a copy of the submission materials to review and evaluate. They then come together to discuss their recommendations until all three are in agreement about which submission(s) should be awarded a grant.

Can I email you my submission?

No, the Committee only accepts hard copy submissions.

What makes the Malice Grant different from other literary contests?

The Malice Grant is specific to the traditional mystery. If you are writing in any other genre, your work-in-progress will be disqualified. I am happy to report that the William F. Deeck-Malice Grant for Unpublished Writers is highly regarded by agents representing writers in this genre and how wonderful it has been to receive this feedback from a number of well-respected professionals in the field.
Where can I find more information about the Malice Grant and submission guidelines?
For a more comprehensive discussion about the Malice Domestic Grant Program please visit our website at: and click on Grants. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email me at:

Who are some past winners of the Malice Grant?

I am very proud to tell you that a few of the authors included amongst our Grant recipients are: Jeffrey Marks, Sujata Massey, Mat Witten, Marcia Talley, G.M. Malliet, Elizabeth Duncan, Stephanie Evans, and Gigi Pandian.

Can I submit more than one manuscript at a time?

No, only one submission per writer will be considered each year.

I’ve submitted a work-in-progress to the Malice Grants Program in the past and I was not a Grant recipient. Can I resubmit my revised manuscript this year for consideration?

We encourage writers to revise their manuscripts and resubmit. However, we only permit resubmission once. But we welcome the submission of a new manuscript in the future.


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