Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Update on Flash and Bang: An SMFS Anthology

On March 26, 2014, interested members formed the SMFS Anthology Plans subgroup to explore publishing SMFS-themed anthologies.

The members came to a consensus to pitch the concept to Untreed Reads publisher/fellow SMFS member Jay Hartman, and on September 24, 2014, Jay opened submissions for Flash and Bang to SMFS members who had joined by that date.

A work-related move to Nevada and a friend's health crisis delayed Jay's response time, but as part of a June 30 post to the Anthology Plans group, Jay said he received more than two hundred submissions and had been responding in batches of ten or so for the last week/week and a half.

Thanks for your patience, and thank you, Jay, for conceiving and staying committed to Flash and Bang.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The SMFS at Bouchercon 2015 (Raleigh, NC, Oct. 8-11)


Art Taylor
During Bouchercon 2015 opening ceremonies (Thursday, October 8, 7:00–9:00 P.M.), Art Taylor will present the 2015 Derringer Award winners with medals featuring the Short Mystery Fiction Society's logo, made possible by the Award Plans subgroup.

Art is an Award Plans member, editor of the Bouchercon 2015 short fiction anthology (Murder Under the Oaks), and a three-time previous Derringer winner.

On hand to accept will be Best Flash Story winner Joseph D'Agnese; Best Long Story winner Hilary Davidson; Kathleen A. Ryan on behalf of Best Short Story winner Cathi Stoler; and Ellery Queen's editor Janet Hutchings on behalf of Best Novelette winner Doug Allyn and lifetime achievement award recipient James Powell.

As usual, feel free to share photos or video of the presentation with SMFS blog admin Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM) for posting here.

Winners unable to attend Bouchercon will receive their medals by mail.

The Short Mystery Fiction Society has awarded the Derringers annually since 1998 to outstanding published stories and people who've greatly advanced or supported the genre.

Our Bouchercon presentations date back to 2009. If you are involved in planning a Bouchercon, particularly 2016 in New Orleans, feel free to contact our officers and help ensure the Derringer presentation is included.


Also at Bouchercon 2015
  • Announced May 5, the Anthony Award nominees include SMFS members Craig Faustus Buck, Kate Flora, Barb Goffman, Paul D. Marks, Karen Pullen, Lori Rader-Day, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Art Taylor.

    Anthony nominees have received the most mentions in a poll of full-time Bouchercon registrants and those who registered for last year's event. Bouchercon 2015 attendees vote on the nominees throughout the con, and the winners are announced on the last day.

  • Announced June 9, the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award finalists include SMFS member Richard Helms for Best P.I. Short Story and member B.V. Lawson for Best Indie P.I. Novel. The Shamus Awards banquet takes place around Bouchercon, Friday, October 9, 6:30 P.M., location to be announced.

  • Announced June 18, all five Macavity Award nominees for Best Short Story are SMFS members: Craig Faustus Buck, Barb Goffman, Paul D. Marks, Travis Richardson, and Art Taylor. In addition, member Lori Rader-Day is up for Best First Novel and member Hank Phillippi Ryan for Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction.

    The Macavitys are voted on by members of Mystery Readers International, Mystery Readers Journal subscribers, and friends and supporters of MRI. MRI director and Mystery Readers Journal editor Janet Rudolph will present the Macavitys during the opening ceremonies.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Macavity-Nominated SMFS Members

The Macavity Awards are nominated on and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International, subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal, and friends and supporters of MRI. Awards will be presented at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, in Raleigh, NC at the opening ceremonies October 8.

The nominees for Best Short Story are all SMFS members:

  • “Honeymoon Sweet” by Craig Faustus Buck, in Murder at the Beach: The Bouchercon Anthology 2014, edited by Dana Cameron (Down & Out)
  • “The Shadow Knows” by Barb Goffman, in Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays, edited by Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley (Wildside)
  • "Howling at the Moon" by Paul D. Marks, in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014
  • "The Proxy" by Travis Richardson, in Thuglit #13, Sept./Oct. 2014.
  • "The Odds Are Against Us" by Art Taylor, in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014


In addition, member Lori Rader-Day is nominated for Best First Novel (The Black Hour), and member Hank Phillippi Ryan for Best Mystery Related Nonfiction (Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey).

Congratulations and good luck to all.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Members' Publication News

The following members sent in publication news this month:
  • V.R. Barkowski, A Twist of Hate (Five Star/Congage, June 2015)
  • Robert Lopresti, "Shooting at Firemen", Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (July/August 2015)
  • Gigi Pandian, "Tempest in a Teapot", Ladies' Night: Sisters in Crime Los Angeles Anthology (Down & Out Books, June 2015)
  • Jacqueline Seewald, "Glitter", Hypnos (Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring Anthology 2015)
    • First Place, Readers' Digest 2015 Poetry Contest (June 2015)
    • Dark Moon Rising (Luminosity Publishing, July 2015) (Pre-order from Amazon)
  • J.E. Seymour, "Moving On", Spinetingler Magazine (May 28, 2015)

Email news for next month's post to Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM).

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Shamus-Nominated SMFS Members

The Private Eye Writers of America have announced the 2015 nominees for their Shamus Awards, including SMFS members Richard Helms for Best P.I. Short Story ("Busting Red Heads") and B.V. Lawson for Best Indie P.I. Novel (Played to Death). Congratulations and good luck to all.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bill Pronzini, 2012 Golden Derringer Recipient

The prolific Pronzini, honored with the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement in 2012, wears his newly-arrived gold medal, made possible by the SMFS Award Plans group.