I can't win this. Maybe you should.
St. Martin's Minotaur and Mystery Writers Writers of America remind you that the deadline for requesting an entry form is November 15, 2011. The winner of the 2012 contest will be announced at the 2012 Edgar Awards banquet on April 26, 2012.
Sponsored by St. Martin's Minotaur and Mystery Writers of America (MWA), the winner will be offered a contract with a $10,000 advance.
Full rules are at http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=Contests-Writers
and read, in part:
1. The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel.
All requests for entry forms must be received by Minotaur Books via e-mail by November 15, 2011.