Every year we look forward to reading the entries. We read hundreds of stories and the talent and imagination of the young authors never cease to amaze us. The majority of the stories are well written but some were so much better than others. Why and what are the ingredients of a winning MYSTERY STORY? Many stories start out with a bang, but they never really pull it off. The ending of the story is as important as the beginning. Also, winning mystery stories have strong characters, clues and suspects.