Alaric Hunt, a jailed convicted murderer wrote a serial killer thriller… inspired by watching Law and Order.. and crime novels. He then submitted it to a writing contest… and won the $10,000 award, AND a publishing contract.
Hunt and his brother pleaded guilty in 1988 to murder and arson, after they set off fires during their burglary of a jewelry store. A student died of smoke inhalation.
Contest Sponsor Minotaur Publishing was not put off to learn of Hunt’s incarceration. The publisher commented, “he’s allowed to write, to submit, and to publish. He’s not writing a memoir of his crimes and trying to make money off that.”
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