Sunday, May 1, 2016

May is International Short Story Month

In 2013, StoryADay.org proclaimed May International Short Story Month.

The SMFS spin on festivities is to highlight one or more members' online stories per day. First is "Saving Grace" by double 2016 Derringer-winner John M. Floyd, archived at The Saturday Evening Post.

If you'd like to be included, email the link to your story to G_SO at YAHOO dot COM.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Member Lori Rader-Day wins Simon & Schuster-Mary Higgins Clark Award

Announced last night at the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar® Awards, SMFS member Lori Rader-Day won the Simon & Schuster-Mary Higgins Clark Award for her novel Little Pretty Things:



The winner is selected by a Special MWA Committee for the book most closely written in the Mary Higgins Clark Tradition according to guidelines set forth by Mary Higgins Clark:

  • The protagonist is a nice young woman whose life is suddenly invaded.
  • She’s self-made and independent, with primarily good family relationships.
  • She has an interesting job.
  • She is not looking for trouble–she is doing exactly what she should be doing and something cuts across her bow.
  • She solves her problem by her own courage and intelligence.
  • The story has no on-scene violence
  • The story has no strong profanity or explicit sex scenes.

Edgar® statuettes

Short story news from the Edgars®:

  • Stephen King won Best Short Story for "Obits", appearing in Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Simon & Schuster - Scribner):


  • Russell W. Johnson won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for "Chung Ling Soo’s Greatest Trick", appearing in the January 2016 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine:



    The winner is selected by the Best Short Story committee for the best published mystery short story by a previously unpublished American author.


Congratulations to all.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Flash and Bang Trailer

As part of the ongoing effort to promote the SMFS's first member anthology, I've created a book trailer using the book cover designed by Ginny Glass and No Copyright Music's Creative Commons-licensed track "Lock & Load".

Clicking YouTube's thumbs-up icon or sharing the video on social media is a simple way anyone can help promote the book.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Waco Tribune-Herald profiles 2016 Golden Derringer recipient Michael Bracken

Michael Bracken
Texas's Waco Tribune-Herald profiled SMFS member and Waco resident Michael Bracken, highlighting his receiving the Society's 2016 Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for lifetime achievement.

One clarification: The article's caption below a photo of Michael calls us "the national Short Mystery Fiction Society". Actually, our membership is worldwide.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

SMFS Members Nominated for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards

On April 21, Crime Writers of Canada announced the shortlists for its 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards.

Among the nominees are SMFS members M.H. Callway for Best Novella, Karen Abrahamson and Hilary Davidson for Best Short Story, and Jayne Barnard for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel.

Winners will be announced May 26. Congratulations and good luck to all.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Society Members' News

The following members sent in publication news this month:
  • Jayne Barnard, Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond audiobook will go live April 30.
  • Mysti Berry, "The Johnny Depp Kickline of Doom", Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (June 2016)
  • Peter DiChellis, "Please Remain Calm", Flash Bang Mysteries #3 (Spring, April 2016)
  • Catherine Dilts, "The Chemistry of Heroes," Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (May 2016)
  • Gail Farrelly, "In Your Easter Bonnet", The Yonkers Tribune (March 28, 2016)
  • John M. Floyd, "Pros and Cons", Woman's World (April 18, 2016)
  • Debra H. Goldstein, "Lesson Learned", Akashic Books Terrible Twosdays (March 29, 2016)
    • Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery (Five Star, April 20, 2016)
  • Paul Lees-Haley, “Flash Bang”, Shotgun Honey (April 26, 2016)
  • Robert Lopresti, "Shanks Goes Rogue", Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (May 2016)
  • Terrie Farley Moran, "A Killing at the Beausoleil", Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (November 2015) has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story.
  • Jennifer Soosar, "Profane Pilgrims", Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (May 2016)

Email news for next month's post to G_SO at YAHOO dot COM.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Society Celebrates 20 Years: Kate Grilley

In the first week of April 1996, the members of shortmystery-l-digest voted to become the Short Mystery Fiction Society, with goals of better representing mystery & crime short stories in the public eye.


In honor of the Society's establishment and our twenty years increasing publication and regard for the form, President Jan Christensen has invited members' reflections on joining the Society and why they've remained members and fans of the form.

From Kate Grilley:

[First SMFS president] Margo Power was my guardian angel, my friend and the first publisher of my mystery fiction. I will forever be grateful to her for publishing my short stories in Murderous Intent. Winning a Derringer award in 1998 was a honor I will always treasure.

Happy 20th birthday to SMFS!


Kate Grilley served as SMFS vice president and publicity chief 1996–'98. She is the author of three Kelly Ryan Caribbean-set mystery novels and, under the name Kate Borden, three Peggy Jean Turner New England-set mystery novels.


Join the celebration: Email G_SO at YAHOO dot COM the text and links to be included in your blog post.