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   The winner is selected by the Best Short Story committee for the best published mystery short story by a previously unpublished American author.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

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