It is also open to short original fiction. What they’re looking for in stories is a complete mystery in 1,000 words or less. No character studies or mood pieces. They'd like it to lean towards noir but ‘being a mystery -- telling a story is actually more important’.
The short stories should be no longer than 1,000 words. Payment will be 5 cents per word to a maximum of $50 (so if the story is longer you still only get $50).
They plan to publish one short story per month.
Submissions should be sent as plain text within the body of an email or as a .txt, .pdf (not password protected), .doc, or .wp attachment to email@example.com. Use the subject line "Gumshoe Short Story Submission". They will acknowledge receipt of the story immediately but it may take longer to respond about whether they will use the story in an upcoming month. Please include a short bio with the story. Submissions should be original and unpublished.
According to their Senior Editor: "We're looking for stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice."
See the website: http://www.gumshoereview.com/