Murder mystery playwright wanted

BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library and the Seal Cove Auto Museum are looking for someone to write a murder mystery set in the museum.

The museum’s Murder Mystery Dinner is set in the early 1900s when the auto wars on Mount Desert Island were heating up. In the dinner, debate breaks out between a rusticator (who is against cars on the island) and a local resident (who is for cars), and while everyone is watching, someone dies.

It’s a classic whodunit, and this is the chance to write the murder. With a cast of 10 characters including the murderer, victim and a constable, the contest winner will provide the script, tell the back story, shape the characters and decide who really murdered the victim. The story will give guests at this special event all the information needed to question witnesses to try and unravel the mystery.

The grand prize for the winning author includes a book bundle featuring mystery books; a ticket to the Jesup’s Murder by the Book wine reception on Friday, Sept. 30, where the winner will meet and mingle with more than a dozen mystery writers, including Hank Philippi Ryan, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Dorothy Cannell and Gayle Lynds; and an invitation to the Murder Mystery Dinner at the museum.

Anyone interested in entering the contest should contact Melinda Rice ([email protected]) at the Jesup Memorial Library by Friday, July 8, at 8 a.m. by email. Include “Seal Cove Auto Museum Script” as the subject line and include your name, email and phone number in the email text. After registering, writers will receive a packet of information to help get them started on the script and an invitation to tour the auto museum on July 8. Final scripts are due on Friday, July 22, and the winner will be announced on Monday, July 25. The contest is open to writers of all abilities and experience levels. The winning script will be chosen by staff members of the library and the museum.

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