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2024 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee

EQMM is proud to congratulate Rob Osler, our nominee for the 2024 Edgar Allan Poe Award for his story “Miss Direction.” Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Awards honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television. The awards will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 1 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. You can read the nominated story below.

“Miss Direction” by Rob Osler (Sept/Oct 2023)
Rob Osler made his fiction debut in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 2021 with the Robert L. Fish Award winning story “Analogue.” In 2022 his first novel, Devil’s Chew Toy, appeared. It was a nominee for the Agatha, Anthony, and Left Coast Crime awards for best first novel.

2024 Robert L. Fish Memorial Award Nominees

EQMM is thrilled to congratulate our five nominees for the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award, sponsored by the estate of the late writer and awarded annually by the Mystery Writers of America for the best first short story by an American author: Bill Bassman (“Errand for a Neighbor”), Sean McCluskey (“The Soiled Dove of Shallow Hollow”), Kate Hohl (“The Body in Cell Two”), Meghan Leigh Paulk (“It’s Half Your Fault”), and Gabriela Stiteler (“Two Hours West of Nothing.”). You can read the nominated stories below.

“Errand for a Neighbor” by Bill Bassman (Jan/Feb 2023)
Bill Bassman is a software engineer and a former teacher. He’s a lifelong fan of crime fiction, but the closest he ever came to real detective work was a year as health inspector for the city of Philadelphia.

“The Soiled Dove of Shallow Hollow” by Sean McCluskey (Jan/Feb 2023)
Sean McCluskey is a federal agent on a fugitive task force in New York and appeared briefly on a reality TV show about it, experiences that convinced him that he much prefers fictional to real crime.

“The Body in Cell Two” by Kate Hohl (May/June 2023)
Kate Hohl lives in New Rochelle, New York, and teaches writing at Pace University. She has a special interest in historical fiction and often writes about the period surrounding World War II.

“It’s Half Your Fault” by Meghan Leigh Paulk (July/August 2023)
Texas writer Meghan Leigh Paulk is also an attorney. She was a finalist in the 2019 Writers’ League of Texas manuscript contest for her novel Hollywood Down Low, which was also selected for Pitch Wars 2022.

“Two Hours West of Nothing” by Gabriela Stiteler (Sept/Oct 2023)
Gabriela Stiteler is a writer and educator based in Portland, Maine. She grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania on a steady diet of paperbacks from the Golden Age of detective fiction, classic noir films, and Spaghetti Westerns, all of which contributed to her interest in writing stories with twisty plots.

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