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Craft a Curious Cast of Miscreants

Tuesday, July 18 – July 28th, 2023


Register for the challenge and join us on YouTube for live streams and discussions geared toward mastering the Mystery genre.

The Foundations

You'll receive helpful information on how characters in mystery can effectively misdirect the audience. Regular tips will guide your journey as the challenge progresses.

Round Up the Suspects

Put your character building skills to work and use our character template to craft a memorable cast of suspects, each with their specific motivations... and potential guilt!


Submit your finished worksheet for a chance to win.

Got Questions?

Answers to common questions about the challenge.

No, and no. The Mystery Writing Challenge is open to everyone. There is no fee to join, and you don’t need to be an active AutoCrit member.

If you choose to, yes! By the end of the challenge, we hope you’ll have crafted a cast of characters based on the template we provide. Submit your work to our judges, and we’ll choose a selection to make it to the finalists where the audience will vote on a grand winner.

Absolutely not. All our challenges are built to engage and inspire our community – that’s it. We make absolutely no claim to anything you create during the challenge. In fact, we hope you develop it further and go on to sell plenty of books!


Challenge Opening Stream: July 18th, at 1 pm Eastern US

Making a Cast of Suspects: July 25th, at 1 pm Eastern US

Challenge Finale: July 28th, at 1 pm Eastern US

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