Mini Mystery Contest Winners

As part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and write your own mini mystery. The puzzle presented or the crime solved could have been large (like a murder) or small (like missing possessions), but the writing must have centered around a crime or the threat or fear of one, and started with the line “Who will be next?”

All of the writers shared their stories in less than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories of intrigue, crime, redemption and more.

Our two winners are Jan Pritchard and Bennett Magnino. Honorable mentions go to Julie Kapp and Xander Kennedy.

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KFRU’s David Lile Interviews One Read Author David Grann

KFRU’s David Lile interviewed this year’s One Read author David Grann about his book “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Listen below to hear Grann talk about his research for the book, including his first experience with the Oklahoma prairie and his use of photography for this book. He also gives us a sneak peak into his newest book, “The White Darkness.”


Mini Mystery Writing Contest

“The perennial questions in the Osage land is, ‘who will be next?'”
-Daily Oklahoman reporter, quoted in “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann

Photo of William Hale

Many members of the Osage Nation in 1920s Oklahoma lived in constant fear for their lives. They lost many friends and family to murders that were seldom solved or fairly investigated. Taking inspiration from this history as presented in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” we invite you to use the line, “Who will be next?” as a springboard for — and the first sentence of — a mini mystery story of your own. While the experiences of those in our One Read book were very real, your mystery can be completely fiction. The puzzle presented or the crime solved can be large (like a murder) or small (like missing possessions), but the writing must be about a crime or the threat or fear of one. The length limit for these mini mysteries is 250 words.

Enter starting August 31 using this form. You can also mail in your entry or drop it off at any library or bookmobile stop. (See full rules below for details.) Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on this site and in the Columbia Missourian. Winners will receive a $25 bookstore gift card.

Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Read on for complete contest rules.

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Beneath the Surface: One Read Art Exhibit Call for Submissions

Beneath the Surface
A One Read Art Exhibit
Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia)

“In May, when coyotes howl beneath an unnervingly large moon, taller plants, such as spiderworts and black-eyed Susans, begin to creep over the tinier blooms, stealing their light and water. The necks of the smaller flowers break and their petals flutter away, and before long they are buried underground.”
~ David Grann, “Killers of the Flower Moon”


Hidden: woman out of focus

Inspired by the 2018 One Read selection’s many-layered mysteries, we invite Mid-Missouri artists ages 16 and older to contribute works that explore what lies beneath the surface — of land, of water, the mask of a loved-one’s face or a well-worn story. Expose something hidden.

Cash prizes will be awarded for three winners, courtesy of Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The third place winner will receive $50, the second place winner $75 and the first place winner $125. First place will also receive a one-year membership to the Columbia Art League.

Art will be displayed August 29 – September 29 at Orr Street Studios (see for hours) with a reception and awards on Friday, September 7 at 6 p.m.

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