Monday, May 20, 2019

May is Short Story Month!

by Paula Gail Benson

Since 2013, has declared May Short Story month and has set up a website ( to recommend short stories and recognize their authors.

Indeed, May has been a month where short stories have been celebrated.

During the first weekend in May, at Malice Domestic in Bethesda, Maryland, a tie-winner was announced in the short story category at the Agatha Banquet. Leslie Budewitz and Tara Laskowski’s stories were honored.
Leslie Budewitz and Tara Laskowski
Photo by Robin Templeton
That weekend also saw the announcement of the winners of the 2019 Derringer Award sponsored by The Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Best Flash Story (up to 1000 words)
“The Bicycle Thief” by James Blakey (The Norwegian American, September 21, 2018)

Best Short Story (1001 to 4000 words)
“Dying in Dokesville” by Alan Orloff (Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical)

Best Long Story (4001 to 8000 words)
“With My Eyes” by Leslie Budewitz (Suspense Magazine, January/February 2018)

Best Novelette 
“The Cambodian Curse” by Gigi Pandian (The Cambodian Curse & Other Stories by Gigi Pandian, Henery Press)

And now, we have the Anthony awards to anticipate for October.

Anthony Nominees for Best Short Story:
“The Grass Beneath My Feet” by S.A. Cosby, in Tough (blogazine, August 20, 2018)

“Bug Appétit” by Barb Goffman, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (November/December 2018)

“Cold Beer No Flies” by Greg Herren, in Florida Happens (Three Rooms Press)

“English 398: Fiction Workshop” by Art Taylor, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (July/August 2018)

“The Best Laid Plans” by Holly West, in Florida Happens (Three Rooms Press)

Have you read a short story lately?

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