Tales from the Graveyard Shift

After Midnight Cover FINAL

After Midnight Anthology

  • Publisher - Level Best Books
  • ISBN:   ISBN: 978-1-947915-11-4
  • Publication Date:  August 1, 2019
  • Edited by Phoef Sutton
  • Foreword by #1 Internationally best selling author Lee Child

About the Editor

Phoef Sutton is a New York Times Bestselling author and winner of two Emmy Awards for his work on the classic television comedy CHEERS. Phoef also won a Peabody Award for the popular legal drama BOSTON LEGAL starring James Spader, William Shatner, and Candice Bergen. Lately, he’s been writing television movies for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.

Book Description

The curtain rises on this collection of twisted tales, revealing the words of bestselling thriller author Lee Child. Child sets the stage for a series of mysterious and strange goings-on that occur between the hours of midnight and dawn ... the graveyard shift.

Contributing authors in this first anthology produced by the Writers' Police Academy include bestselling mystery and crime authors, top television writers, true crime experts, and more.

Contributing Authors

Heather Graham
Phoef Sutton
Robin Burcell
Allison Brennan
Carrie Stuart Parks
Lisa Klink
RJ Beam

Joe Bonsall
Katherine Ramsland
Denene Lofland
Michael A. Black
Mike Roche
Les Edgerton
Shawn Reilly Simmons

Rick McMahan
Marco Conelli
Cheryl Yeko
Howard Lewis
Linda Lovely
Lee Lofland

And You!

How can you add your name to this list of esteemed authors?
One sweet contest - Two lucky winners will be included!

Book Launch Party and You're Invited!

Please join Level Best Books and the Writers' Police Academy to help celebrate the launch of this thrilling new book, AFTER MIDNIGHT.

The launch party takes place at the Friday night reception at MurderCon, and books will be available for purchase at the event and by preorder starting in May, 2019. This will be the first of the Writers' Police Academy's new series of books. Stay tuned for more!

After Midnight Short Story Contest

Contest is now CLOSED.

Good luck to all who entered!

After Midnight Short Story Contest Rules

A short story contest that lands you in a traditionally published book along with a collection of bestselling mystery and crime authors, top television writers, true crime experts, and more. How's that for exciting? Write a story about mysterious happenings that occur during the hours of midnight and dawn. That dark period of time often referred to as the graveyard shift. Each story needs an original title, and be no less than 3500 words, and not more than 5000. The top two entries will be published in the Writers' Police Academy anthology After Midnight, Tales from the Graveyard Shift, publisher Level Best Books.

Let the games begin.


Entry Fee: $35 per entry

Unlimited submissions

Submission deadline: Midnight (EST) April 1, 2019

  • 3500 to 5000 Words

    No more. No less. 

  • Theme

    After midnight. Write a tale that occurs between midnight and down, during the graveyard shift.

  • Restrictions

    No graphic sex, abuse, or political hot buttons.

  • Fee

    $35 per entry. Unlimited entries.

    *Contest entry fees are used to help fund and support the Writers' Police Academy, as are all royalties and payments earned from sales of the anthology.


  • Judged blind

    All submissions will be read blindly by the judges. Your story will be coded to ensure anonymity before it is sent to the judges, therefore your name should not appear anywhere within the body of the story.

  • Original works

    All stories must be the sole, original work of the author.

  • Unpublished

    Stories must be previously unpublished in print or electronically, including self-published works to include websites and blogs.

  • Two winners

    The top two entries will be published in the WPA anthology After Midnight, Tales from the Graveyard Shift. Publisher, Level Best Books.

After Midnight Short Story Contest

Your Story

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