Monday, July 29, 2019

Short Story Nominees for Macavity and Shamus Awards

by Paula Gail Benson

Two more award lists, with presentations to occur at Bouchercon 2019 in Dallas, have been announced and include some familiar names and titles for short story finalists. The Macavity nominees, presented by the Mystery Readers International (MRI), subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal and members and friends of MRI, are:
Gigi Pandian

"Race to Judgment" by Craig Faustus Buck Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Nov/Dec 2018
Craig Faustus Buck
"All God's Sparrows" by Leslie Budewitz Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine May/Jun 2018
"Bug Appetit" by Barb Goffman Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Nov/Dec 2018
"Three-Star Sushi" by Barry Lancet Down & Out: The Magazine Vol. 1, No. 3
"The Cambodian Curse" by Gigi Pandian The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories (Henery Press)
"English 398: Fiction Workshop" by Art Taylor Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Jul/Aug 2018

Art Taylor
Art's story won the Edgar for best short story and has been nominated for the Agatha and Anthony.

Leslie Budewitz
Barb's story also is an Agatha and Anthony nominee.

Gigi's story won the Derringer (from the Short Mystery Fiction Society) for best novelette.

Leslie's story won the Agatha (a tie with Tara Laskowski, Art's wife). Another of Leslie's stories "With My Eyes" Suspense Magazine Jan/Feb 2018 won the Derringer for best long story.
Barb Goffman
With the Macavity nod, Barry Lancet's "Three-Star Sushi" also is nominated for a Shamus award, given by the Private Eye Writers of America. Here is the complete list of Shamus short story finalists:
Barry Lancet
Twist Phelan
Elizabeth McKenzie
"Fear of the Secular" by Mitch Alderman Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
"Three-Star Sushi" by Barry Lancet Down & Out: The Magazine Vol. 1, No. 3
"The Big Creep" by Elizabeth McKenzie Santa Cruz Noir
"Game" by Twist Phelan Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"Chin Yong-Yun Helps a Fool" by S.J. Rozan Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

S. J. Rozan
Congratulations and best wishes to all these nominees! What a terrific group of writers and stories for summer reading!
Leslie Budewitz and Tara Laskowski


  1. Thanks for sharing the news and for promoting short stories, Paula!

  2. Thanks for the shout-out here, Paula!

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  4. Thanks, Barb! One correction: my story is not nominated for the Anthony.

  5. Barb, Art, and Leslie, many congratulations to you all! Leslie, please forgive the misprint. I have corrected. Grateful to you all for such wonderful stories!


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