Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can you tell me more about the distinction between a Novella and a Short Story?
A. Heed the words of Linda Landigran, editor-in-chief of AHMM. She says, "We need to stress that a novella is not a padded short story. A novella needs to be as tight and fast-paced as a short story or a novel. Authors need to ensure that the story they want to tell is properly sized for whatever format they choose."
Q. Do you require a submission cover letter with synopsis to enter the Black Orchid contest?
A: No, but you must include two cover sheets:
Top cover sheet should list your name, address, phone number, novella title, word count, and number of pages
The bottom cover sheet should list only the title of the manuscript, the word count, and the number of pages.
Q. I would like to know if The Wolfe Pack's Black Orchid Novella Award is an international contest.
A: Yes, international submissions are welcome -- so long as they're in English.
Q. Electronic submission?
A. No electronic submissions will be accepted, I'm afraid. Please follow the submission instructions posted on this site.
Q. In the rules, the phrase, "conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series" would be in regards to mood and general plot structure, correct? The rest of the rules seem to indicate you don't want anything that is too derivative of Mr. Stout's work, or takes place in the (for lack of a better phrase) "Nero Wolfe universe."
A. You are correct. You can't use the characters or the universe. But as long as the "feel" is such that it honors the tradition (and the meaning of that term is, of course, likely to vary by individual), you can write anything you want. Note that the detective doesn't have to be a man or a private detective; etc.
Q. I am unclear regarding ownership of submissions. Does any story I submit remain my property?
A. The winner would be required to sign a standard AHMM contract... I don't know exactly which rights that assigns to them, but I believe they would retain the right to publish an anthology (for which the author would receive additional compensation). As I said, the contract is the magazine's standard one -- in other words, the fact that this is an award co-sponsored by the Wolfe Pack is irrelevant to that fact.
Q: How are the contest winner and entrants notified? Are there finalists? How is the winner announced?
A: If a winner is selected, that person will be contacted prior to the annual Black Orchid Banquet (the first Saturday in December); we hope he or she is able to attend. No finalists are named. A press release is issued the day after the banquet to all relevant media outlets.
Q. Can a writer submit his entry via email as opposed to snail mail?
A. Submissions must be made by snail mail to the address below with all procedures followed (see top right column on this page):
Jane K. Cleland
P.O. Box 3233
New York, NY 10163-3233
|Please note that if no acceptable candidates are received, AHMM and The Wolfe Pack reserve the right to declare no winner in any given year.