The Writer’s Arena Short Story Challenge #3 – The Butler Did It

WhodunnitThis week we have Albert Berg facing off against Donald Uitvlugt in a head-to-head battle for the best short story in The Writer’s Arena.

The results of this contest will be available to read next week.

Now, arena spectators, we release onto the sands of our battlefield… Challenge #3:

Like all good stories, this one will start with someone being shoved off their mortal coil. This will be followed up by someone tracking down, to use a portmanteau, whodunnit.


Was it the Yellow King? Did he kill Colonel Mustard in the swamp shack with the candle stick? Maybe it was the sexy mystery woman sitting at the bar? Perhaps it was the alternate personality of our hero?

All shall be revealed in time.

The challenge is to write a murder mystery.

There are no limits on the setting or genre.

Try to keep it under 5,000 words.

This story will be posted on 5/28/14.

Best of luck, contestants.

On a side note, we are paying our authors a base level rate at the moment, but if you really enjoyed their story and want to help us make sure these awesome people get paid, please donate below. 75% goes to the author, the rest goes to keeping this place up and running.

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  1. Such a wide open, seemingly simple prompt for a couple of authors who like to reveal the things that are lurking behind the thin veil that is reality… Yeah, this is going to be fun.

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  3. It was the Yellow King. For sure. I have a feeling about it.

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