If you have a mysterious bent, you might consider entering the Mystery Short Story Contest sponsored by the Southwest chapter of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and Murder by the Book, Houston’s celebrated mystery bookstore. The entry must be postmarked by April 23, 2005. The $100 prize will be awarded at the Hardboiled Heroes and Cozy Cats 2005 mystery writing conference being in held in Houston on June 17 and 18. Writers do not have to attend the conference to enter the contest. The contest fee to enter is $15 per story. You can receive an optional written critique of stories for an additional $25. For complete details on the contest and the conference, check the MWA/SW website.