California is the largest agricultural producer in the nation, and this  beautiful, bountiful Sacramento region we call home, lies at the heart of it all.

Known as the Farm to Fork Capital of America, even The New York Times recognizes Sacramento as a great restaurant city because of the amazing chefs who use locally-grown, locally-sourced ingredients in their restaurants.

Central Valley farmers produce hundreds of crops each year including tomatoes, almonds, rice, wine grapes and mandarins. And we can’t forget the wonderful cafes and breweries we have here in Sacramento.

So it seems only fitting that the theme of the 2024 Capitol Crimes Anthology is Farm to Foul Play.

Maybe the gardener selling his bok choy at a farmstand in South Sac decides to off his wife. Or two farmers have a beef over water rights.

What if the obnoxious celebrity chef gets tossed off the Tower Bridge right before the gala Farm to Fork Festival dinner?

When it comes to murder in Sacramento, the possibilities are endless.

But relax,  you’ve got time.

We’re not even going to open for submissions until April, and you’ll have until the end of May to polish your short story masterpieces.

We’ll post more details later, so keep checking for updates. In the meantime, check out these wonderful suggestions from one of our guest speakers Ashley-Ruth Bernier on Short Stories That Resonate.

Be sure to read Capitol Crimes' earlier anthologies which you can find here.

For now, here are some guidelines:

  1. You must be a Capitol Crimes member in good standing, which means you’re a current member of Sisters in Crime AND Capitol Crimes.

  2. Your story must address the Farm to Foul Play theme.

  3. Your story must include a crime.

  4. AND it has to be set in the Sacramento region, or if you must stray, go no further than NorCal.

  5. Word length must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words.

We can’t wait to read your Farm to Foul Play short stories!

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