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The winner is selected by the Best Short Story committee for the best published mystery short story by a previously unpublished American author.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