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Joanne Hichens

@ Sunday Times Books LIVE

Call for Submissions: Crime Fiction Short Stories

With the breaking news that Deon Meyer, the King of SA crime fiction, will write a foreword, it’s time to announce a new crime-thriller anthology on the roll for 2013!

After the success of Bad Company, the crime-fiction short story anthology published 2008, which featured the crème de la crime writers of SA, it’s time for a new collection. Oh yes. So this is the call to all writers out there interested in the seamy, nasty, murderous, sometimes all too human side of life, to get writing.

The (working) title is Bloody Satisfied, and the only limit to your imagination must be that Justice is done. With so much bloody crime in South Africa, it’s time we had satisfaction – at least twenty stories worth – with killer tales glinting sharp as knives.

The collection will feature experts at the craft – internationally acclaimed Roger Smith, Sunday Times Fiction Prize shortlisted author Hawa Golakai, Edgar Award nominated Michael Stanley – but we’re looking for new voices.

Kill, steal, maim whomever, whatever, as long as you do it on the page, and as long as the baddie gets a certain comeuppance, legal or otherwise. Oh yes, set in South Africa please. Diversity, of setting and especially voice, will mean the publication of an exciting home-grown collection.

Word-count? 2500 to 5000

Deadline? 31 August 2012. Three months from today.

Submissions? via email to

Editing? October/ November

Publication date? March 2013

Publisher? Mercury

Prize? Maybe

Is that it? For now…

Oh yes – it’s worth repeating – Deon Meyer, the King of SA crime fiction, has agreed to write a foreword.

Any queries can be directed to me at


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