Thursday, August 27, 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 subgroup came to a consensus to pitch Untreed Reads publisher and SMFS member Jay Hartman. Jay eagerly conceived Flash and Bang: An SMFS Anthology as having flash (300–1,000 words) and short (1,500–3,000 words) mystery, suspense, and thriller stories containing either a "flash" or a "bang".

Submissions were open September 24, 2014–January 31, 2015 to SMFS members who had joined by September 24, 2014.

A work-related move to Nevada and a friend's health crisis delayed Jay's response time, but in an August 27, 2015 post to Shortmystery, Jay announced the final author lineup:

Bobbi Chukran
Herschel Cozine
O'Neil De Noux
P.A. De Voe
John M. Floyd
Barb Goffman
Su Kopil
B.V. Lawson
JoAnne Lucas
Andrew MacRae
Sandra Murphy
Suzanne Berube Rorhus
Judy Penz Sheluk
Walter Soethoudt
Earl Staggs
Laurie Stevens
Julie Tollefson
Albert Tucher
Tim Wohlforth

The anthology is slated for an October release. Cover art should be finalized very shortly, and then Jay will have it available for preorder in ebook format at OmniLit, Apple and Amazon with both the paperback and hardcover available for preorder via Untreed Reads' website. More information on that to come soon.

Thanks, everyone, for your patience, and thank you, Jay.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Serita Stevens: Writing a Book Vs. a Screenplay...or Both?

Member Serita Stevens is conducting a seminar on the topic:

Sunday, August 23, 2015
2:00–4:30 P.M. (check-in at 1:30 P.M.).

Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC)
5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1615
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Full details and promotional discount

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Members' Publication News

The following members sent in publication news this month:
  • Nancy Brewka-Clark's story, "Just for a LARP" was accepted to Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional, which will be published in time for Malice Domestic 28, April 29-May 1, 2015.
  • Nina Mansfield, Swimming Alone (Fire & Ice YA, August 27, 2015)
  • Josh Pachter, The Tree of Life (Wildside Press, August 2015)
    • Josh translated two stories from Dutch for magazines on sale in August:

      "Joyride" by René Appel in the September 2015 Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

      "The Last Run" by Michael Berg in the September/October Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
  • Jacqueline Seewald, The Devil and Danna Webster (Clean Reads Press, August 2015 print edition)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Introducing Short Mystery Fiction Socials

SMFS Officers Jan Christensen and John R. Lindermuth today announced their approval for any members to plan local mystery & crime short fiction readings promoting the Society.

Each reading is to be promoted as a "Short Mystery Fiction Social", with that title and the Society logo featuring prominently on physical flyers and/or Web graphics. Socials may also be promoted with the hashtag #SMFSocials. The invited readers need not be SMFS members.

Beyond that, all logistics (booking a venue, inviting readers, promoting, and hosting) are up to the individual members who volunteer. Once a Social's details are set, email blog admin Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM) and the details will be posted here. Gerald can also provide the logo image in any size and resolution needed.

If you're inspired to join the SMFS to host or read at Socials, we'd be glad to have you.

Thank you and good luck.

Monday, August 3, 2015

At Queens NYC Lit Fest: Terrie Farley Moran reads from "The Sneaker Tree"

Last Saturday, at the first annual Queens NYC Lit Fest from LIC Bar, SMFS's Terrie Farley Moran, known for her Florida cozies Well Read, Then Dead and Caught Read-Handed, read from her Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices short story "The Sneaker Tree".

Today on Women of Mystery, Terrie blogged a recap of the event, including video.

Friday, July 17, 2015

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

2015 Derringer Presentation

The Short Mystery Fiction Society has hailed its Derringer winners at a Bouchercon presentation since 2009. Former Vice President Jim Doherty constructed and presented Derringer award plaques through 2012. This year, group-designed and -funded medals make up for missing plaques 2009–14 and become our new Derringer awards.

Member and three-time previous Derringer winner Art Taylor will present the 2015 Derringers during opening ceremonies (Thursday, October 8, 7:00–9:00 P.M.).

On hand to accept will be Best Flash Story winner Joseph D'Agnese; Best Long Story winner Hilary Davidson; Long Island Sisters in Crime President 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.
Art Taylor

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.

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.

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
  • Art Taylor edited the Bouchercon 2015 short fiction anthology, Murder Under the Oaks, which includes several SMFS members' stories and benefits the Wake County Public Libraries.

  • 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.


SMFS Attendees

Comment on this post or email blog admin Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM) to add your name to the list of attendees:

Paula Gail Benson, Craig Faustus Buck, Joseph D'Agnese, Hilary Davidson, Pam DeVoe, Catherine Dilts, Eve Fisher, John M. Floyd, Susan Furlong, Barb Goffman, Debra H. Goldstein, James M. Jackson, Su Kopil, Robert Lopresti, Robert Mangeot, Paul D. Marks, Terrie Farley Moran, Alan Orloff, Gigi Pandian, Karen Pullen, Travis Richardson, Kathleen A. Ryan, Karen E. Salyer, Judy Penz Sheluk, B.K. Stevens, Mary Stojak, Rebecca Swope, Art Taylor, Mark Troy.


Members' Publication News

The following members sent in publication news this month:
  • John Floyd, "Saving Grace”, The Saturday Evening Post (July/August 2015)
    • “Ball and Chain”, Woman's World, July 27, 2015
  • Susan Furlong, Peaches and Scream (Berkley Prime Crime, July 7, 2015)
  • Debra H. Goldstein, "Exotic", Kings River Life (July 4, 2015)
  • Jane Hammons, "A Park in California", Akashic Books Mondays are Murder (July 20, 2015)
  • Robert Lopresti, "Street of the Dead House", nEvermore! (EDGE Press, July 15, 2015)
  • Andrew McRae ed., Stories from the World of Tomorrow (Darkhouse Books, July 2015) including stories by members:
    • Bobbi Chukran, "Perfect Progeny"
    • Wenda Morrone, "The King's Quest"
  • Terrie Farley Moran, Caught Read-Handed (Berkley Prime Crime, July 7, 2015)
  • Jacqueline Seewald, Dark Moon Rising (Luminosity Publishing, July 24, 2015)
  • Judy Penz Sheluk, The Hanged Man’s Noose: A Glass Dolphin Mystery (Barking Rain Press, July 2015)

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