January 2019: Agatha Award Nominees Announced
The Malice Domestic conference has announced the 2018 Agatha Award Finalists for Best Short Story, and they include two stories from EQMM: the Edgar-nominated “English 398: Fiction Workshop” by Art Taylor from the July/August 2018 issue and the twisty, humorous, and creepy “Bug Appétit” by Barb Goffman from the November/December 2018 issue. The awards will be presented at the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, Maryland on May 4, 2019. The Agatha Awards honor the year’s best traditional mysteries.
January 2019: Art Taylor nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award
The Mystery Writers of America announced that Art Taylor's unique mystery “English 398: Fiction Workshop” is among the 2019 finalists for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Short Story. The tale, which was originally published in the July/August 2018 issue of EQMM, is told through class notes, letters, articles, and story drafts. Art Taylor is the author of the Agatha Award winning novel On the Road With Del & Louise and he has previously won three other Agathas, an Anthony Award, two Macavity Awards, and three Derringer Awards. The winner will be announced at the Edgar Awards ceremony in NYC on April 25.
January 2019: Nancy Novick announced as winner of the 2019 Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
“How Does He Die This Time?” by Nancy Novick has won the 2019 Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Short Story by an American Author, as announced by the Mystery Writers of America. The story, a twisty and darkly humorous tale featuring a mystery writer, originally appeared in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in September/October 2018 and was featured in our podcast series. Nancy Novick is a NYC based author, editor, and instructor as well as the main writer for the WestSideWords blog. The Fish Award was established in 1984, and past winners include Doug Allyn and Stephen Saylor; the award will be presented at the Edgar Awards ceremony in NYC on April 25.
October 2018: Josh Pachter celebrates 50 years after first EQMM publication
In 1968, Josh Pachter became one of the youngest authors to be published in EQMM with the Ellery Queen pastiche “E.Q. Griffen Earns His Name." (You can read more about that experience here.) In celebration, we have published a follow-up story in our current November/December issue (see “50”). You can read the first story here and listen to it in our podcast series starting November 1. On November 14, an interview with Josh will appear at Something Is Going to Happen.
May 2018: Remembering Gardner Dozois
Gardner Dozois, a major figure in the science-fiction community and friend to the Dell fiction magazines, passed away in Pennsylvania on May 27. He was a Nebula and Sidewise award winner for his short fiction, and also a novelist and prolific anthologist in the field. From 1984 until 2004, he was the editor of our sister publication Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. Before retiring as a professional editor, he won 15 Hugo Awards for his work, as well as many Locus Awards. He played an important role in the history of Dell Magazines and the world of short genre fiction, and we and our colleagues at Asimov’s share the news with sadness.
May 2018: Robert S. Levinson nominated for Shamus Award
The Private Eye Writers of America have announced their Shamus Award nominees for 2018, and the short-story category includes Robert S. Levinson’s May/June 2017 EQMM story “Rosalie Marx Is Missing.” The story is a Vegas tale featuring private investigator Vincent Riverbend, who is enlisted to track down the missing daughter of a mob boss.
May 15, 2018: Brendan DuBois wins Derringer Award for Best Novelette
The Short Mystery Fiction Society has announced that Brendan DuBois's “Flowing Waters” (from the January/February 2017 issue of EQMM) has won the award for Best Novelette. The story also won the EQMM Readers Award, and you can find out more about it here and in the May/June 2018 issue. Other winners include Robert Lopresti (Best Short Story), David H. Hendrickson (Best Long Story), and John M. Floyd, who is honored with the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Dagger for Lifetime Achievement.
May 15, 2018: Penzler Publishers, A New Publishing Company, Announces Its Inaugural Imprint
American Mystery Classics will be the first imprint from the new publishing company Penzler Publishers from president and CEO Otto Penzler (editor, founder of Mysterious Press, and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop). The imprint will reprint works by American detective-fiction writers of the genre’s Golden Age. Distributed by W.W. Norton in hardcover and trade-paperback editions, the first six titles (to be released in October) will be The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen, The So Blue Marble by Dorothy B. Hughes, Death from a Top Hat by Clayton Rawson, The Red Lamp by Mary Roberts Rinehart, Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice, and The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan by Stuart Palmer.
EQMM at the Edgars and Malice Domestic
On Wednesday, April 25, EQMM associate editor Jackie Sherbow attended the 2018 Edgars Symposium. The next afternoon, EQMM authors, editors, and friends feted the 2017 Readers Award winners as well as the Edgar Award nominees (including Jeffery Deaver for his EQMM story “Hard to Get”) at the annual Dell Magazines pre-Edgars celebration in New York City. At the Edgar Allan Poe Awards banquet, editor Janet Hutchings presented the MWA Grand Master Award to Peter Lovesey (please see below for more information). William Link also a 2018 Grand Master, was introduced by EQMM contributor and scholar Joseph Goodrich. Link and his writing partner Richard Levinson had their start writing fiction in EQMM’s Department of First Stories. The following day, Janet and Jackie traveled to Bethesda to attend the Malice Domestic conference. There, Nancy Pickard who also began her writing career in EQMM’s Department of First Stories, received a Lifetime Achievement Award. While in Maryland, the editors recorded with authors several stories that will feature in upcoming podcast episodes.
EQMM Editor Janet Hutchings Presents MWA Grand Master Award
At the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards banquet on April 26, 2018, Janet Hutchings introduced Grand Master Peter Lovesey. The multiple Dagger Award winning novelist and short-story author first appeared in EQMM in 1979, and he has been a friend to the magazine for many years. Stories by Lovesey have won the EQMM Readers Award and have garnered multiple second and third-place wins in that contest.
April 15, 2018: Derringer Award Finalists Announced
The Short Mystery Fiction Society announced that “Flowing Waters” by Brendan DuBois, from EQMM’s January/February 2017 issue, has been nominated for a Derringer Award for Best Novelette. The story, the tale of a veteran and her dog facing life and loose ends after serving, won the 2017 EQMM Readers Award. You can read it here.
April 9, 2018: International Thriller Award Nominations Announced
The International Thriller Writers have included two stories from the 2017 pages of EQMM in their list of International Thriller Award finalists “What Could Possibly Go Boing?” by Mat Coward, and “Charcoal and Cherry” by Zoë Z. Dean. Two-time Edgar Award nominee Mat Coward’s darkly humorous tale taking place in the retail world of a novelty shop appeared in the July/August issue. 2017 Robert L. Fish Memorial Award winner Zoë Z. Dean’s haunting narrative about unearthing the truth about a notorious unsolved case appeared in the May/June issue.
Spring 2018: EQMM Announces 2017 Readers Award Winners
Brendan DuBois has won first place in the annual EQMM Readers Award voting, for his story “Flowing Waters” from the January/February 2017 issue. In second place is Doug Allyn, for his story “Tombstone” from the November/December issue. Dave Zeltserman took third place, for his story “Cramer in Trouble” from the March/April 2017 issue. Read about the winners and their winning tales.
Praise for Steven Saylor and THE THRONE OF CAESAR
Steven Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa series about Gordianus the Finder comprises 14 novels and 20 short stories, many of them first published in the pages of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and with this latest book he brings the series to a profoundly satisfying conclusion. His long and fruitful relationship with EQMM began auspiciously with “A Will Is a Way” in the March 1992 issue, which won the Robert L. Fish Award for best debut in the mystery genre. Steven Saylor’s most recent Gordianus short story, “The Staff of Asclepius,” was written especially for EQMM's 75th Anniversary issue (July 2016) with stories from writers who “got their break” in its pages. Read all about Steven Saylor and his thrilling conclusion to the Roma Sub Rosa series.
Introducing Kristopher Zgorski, EQMM’s new Blog Bytes Columnist
EQMM’s popular feature Blog Bytes has been running nearly continuously since 2006. The brainchild of writer Ed Gorman, its recommendations and critiques guide readers through the vast material related to mysteries found on the Web.
Remembering Bill Crider
On February 12, 2018, Bill Crider—author, critic, reviewer, and EQMM's Blog Bytes columnist—passed away in Alvin, Texas, after an eighteen-month battle with cancer. Bill was a former professor, award-winning author and writer of multiple series and in several genres, and friend to EQMM as well as many others in the mystery community who will feel his absence deeply. Editor Janet Hutchings remembers Bill at Something Is Going to Happen.
January 19, 2018: Jeffery Deaver nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award
Jeffery Deaver’s twisty spy tale “Hard to Get” from the July/August 2017 issue has been nominated for a 2018 Edgar Award for Best Short Story, Mystery Writers of America announced. The winner of the award will be announced at the 2018 Edgar Awards Banquet on April 26. Deaver is a bestselling author whose most recent book is The Burial Hour, from the Lincoln Rhyme series.
William Link and Peter Lovesey to be honored as MWA Grand Masters in 2018
Mystery Writers of America has announced that, along with Jane Langton, William Link and Peter Lovesey have received the honor of Grand Master for the upcoming year. William Link and his writing partner Richard Levinson—the duo who would go on to co-create Columbo and Murder She Wrote among other TV shows—premiered in EQMM’s Department of First Stories in 1954. Work by Multiple Dagger Award winner Peter Lovesey (seen here) first appeared in EQMM in 1979, and he has won the EQMM Readers Award and multiple Readers Award second- and third-prize scrolls.
Remembering Donald A. Yates
EQMM author, translator, and poet Donald Yates passed away in November 2017. He last wrote for us at SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN during our anniversary year about his long history with Ellery Queen. Yates brought many Latin American works into their first English translations, and translated many stories in our Passport to Crime Department from Cuba, Italy, and Argentina—most recently in our August 2016 All Nations issue.
Bestselling mystery master Sue Grafton dies in December
Famed author Sue Grafton passed away at the end of the year, the EQMM editors were sad to hear. Grafton’s last book was Y is for Yesterday (August 2017). The author and her series character Kinsey Millhone were influential to many of the writers and readers in our community. Following an afternoon photo shoot, she appeared on the August 1993 cover of EQMM.
The Center for Fiction relocating to downtown Brooklyn
The E. 47th Street location of The Center for Fiction is now closed, in preparation for a move to downtown Brooklyn in fall 2018. The Raven Award–winning mystery collection within the Center for Fiction’s New York library holds some of the first mystery and detective novels published in Britain and the United States, as well as new fiction.
EQMM expanding social-media presence
You can now find EQMM on Twitter (@eqmm) and Instagram (@elleryqueenmm), in addition to Facebook (@elleryqueenmm). The editors will be sharing photos, insight into the editorial and production processes, links of interest, fun facts, previews of upcoming issues, and more. You can also find our sister magazine AHMM at @ahitchcockmm (Twitter) and @alfredhitchcockmm (Instagram).
EQMM contributor and moderator James Lincoln Warren writes about Bouchercon short-story panel
At Sleuth Sayers, James Lincoln Warren talks about the standing-room-only panel about writing short stories that he moderated at Bouchercon 2017. EQMM editor Janet Hutchings was among the panel’s participants.
Janet Hutchings and Jackie Sherbow participate at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto
Last month, EQMM was honored for Special Contribution to the Genre at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Janet Hutchings blogged about that event and the rest of the weekend, including her participation in two panels, at Something Is Going to Happen. Associate Editor Jackie Sherbow spoke at the Nero Wolfe banquet, and both Janet and Jackie recorded podcasts with authors, the first of which is available now.
EQMM author and translator wins grand prize at D.C.’s Noir at the Bar, October 7
At D.C’s Noir at the Bar event on October 7, Josh Pachter took home the grand prize after reading his story “Selfie” from the February 2016 issue. Also featured at the reading were EQMM contributors Art Taylor and Tara Laskowski. Josh Pachter is pictured with his grand prize (an engraved sword) from D.C.’s Noir at the Bar, 10/7/17.
EQMM’s Department of First Stories featured in Toronto Star article
Editor Janet Hutchings spoke with the Toronto Star about new mystery writers ahead of Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Crime.
EQMM Participates in the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival
For the fifth year running, EQMM and the rest of the Dell Magazines fiction titles had a booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall and Plaza. Representing EQMM and AHMM was associate editor Jackie Sherbow.
Contributor and Ellery Queen Biographer Jeffrey Marks Joins the Team at Crippen & Landru
Award-winning crime-fiction biographer Jeffrey Marks—a contributor of nonfiction to EQMM and its blog and participant in our 75th-anniversary symposium—has joined Doug Greene and the rest of the Crippen & Landru Publishers team as Director of Development and Webmaster. Crippen & Landru’s collections include many short stories originally published in EQMM, including seven anthologies of work by Edward D. Hoch (including the most recent, All But Impossible), as well as collections by Doug Allyn, Peter Lovesey, James Powell, S.J. Rozan, Jon L. Breen, and more. Marks is currently working on a biography of Ellery Queen.
EQMM contributor Charlaine Harris’s latest TV adaptation wraps up first season on NBC
Midnight, Texas, the NBC prime-time show based on the series of novels by Charlaine Harris has just aired its first-season finale. In July, editors Janet Hutchings, Linda Landrigan, and Jackie Sherbow attended a screening of the show’s pilot at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. The screening and a celebration afterward were hosted by JABberwocky Literary Agency.
Editors Janet Hutchings, Linda Landrigan, and Jackie Sherbow to Speak at 2017 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto
From October 12-15 2017, EQMM will be a special guest of honor for Distinguished Contribution to the Genre at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto. An hour dedicated to EQMM is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 12, beginning with an interview of Editor Janet Hutchings by author Art Taylor and continuing with vignettes from sixteen other EQMM authors. Editor Hutchings will also be participating in two panel discussions over the weekend: a short-story panel, from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, October 13, and a panel on noir fiction on Saturday, October 14, from 5:30 to 6:30. Editor Linda Landrigan, of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, will be participating in a panel about plotting on Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m., and Jackie Sherbow, associate editor for both magazines, will be giving a toast at the annual Nero Wolfe banquet on Friday, October 13 at 6:30.
Joyce Carol Oates and Paul D. Marks nominated for the 2017 Macavity Award for best short story
When the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto, Canada, convenes on October 12, the opening ceremonies will include presentation of the annual Macavity Awards, sponsored by Mystery Readers International and Mystery Readers Journal. Nominated in the best short story category are two EQMM stories, “The Crawl Space” by Joyce Carol Oates (from our September/October 2016 issue) and “Ghosts of Bunker Hill” by Paul D. Marks (from our December issue). Read “The Crawl Space” and “Ghosts of Bunker Hill” in full.
Joyce Carol Oates Wins the 2017 International Thriller Award for Best Short Story
On Saturday, July 15, at the annual awards banquet of the International Thriller Writers in New York City, Joyce Carol Oates, one of America’s most important literary writers, was honored for her work in the field of crime fiction. For the second year in a row, she received the award for best short story for work that first appeared in EQMM. This year’s winner, “Big Momma,” from EQMM’s March/April 2016 issue, is the chilling story of an adolescent who falls in with dangerous company. In total, EQMM stories claimed three of the five award nominations. The other nominees were “The Peter Rabbit Killers” by Laura Benedict, Edgar-nominated author of six novels, and “The Man From Away” by Brendan DuBois, author of more than twenty novels.
Derringer Award Winners include EQMM’s Linda Barnes
The Short Mystery Fiction Society established the Derringer awards in 1998 to honor the year’s best short mystery fiction. For 2017, celebrated novelist Linda Barnes won in the best short story category for her gritty EQMM September/October 2016 tale “The Way They Do It in Boston.” Barnes is the author of the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series, and she has also won the Anthony and American Mystery awards.
EQMM Readers Award Winners Honored
At the Dell Magazines pre-Edgars Cocktail Party held on April 27, 2017 , the EQMM and AHMM family of authors, editors, agents, publishers, and others feted the EQMM Readers Award winners. In first place was L.A. native and Shamus Award winner Paul D. Marks, and snagging second and third prizes was Doug Allyn, a prolific, award-winning short-story specialist. Since 1985, EQMM readers have selected their favorite stories of the year. See the complete list.
E. Gabriel Flores wins the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
On April 27, 2017, at our annual pre-Edgars party and at the 2017 Edgars ceremony, Seattle author E. Gabriel Flores was celebrated for winning the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best first short story by a new American author. Her winning tale from EQMM’s December 2016 issue, “The Truth of the Moment,” portrays a father-son relationship in a small Dominican town and the balance of power there.
Spring 2017: Mystery Week in NYC and Bethesda, MD
Janet Hutchings, along with AHMM editor Linda Landrigan, attended the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, MD, immediately following the Edgar week festivities in NYC at the end of April 2017. For more information and a photo gallery of events, visit the Something Is Going to Happen blog.
EQMM story “The Village That Lost Its Head” nominated for Lou Allin Memorial Award – Spring 2017
The Crime Writers of Canada’s Lou Allin Memorial Award for Best Novella (named for a former CWC board member) is in its third year. EQMM is the source of one of the nominated stories, Peter Robinson’s “The Village That Lost Its Head” (from the September/October 2016 issue)! Robinson’s DCI Alan Banks series has been adapted into a popular television show. In the story, Banks heads the investigation into a strange, grisly murder that draws him into the dark inner workings of a small town.
EQMM story “The Granite Kitchen” nominated for Arthur Ellis Award – Spring 2017
The Crime Writers of Canada have nominated David Morrell’s EQMM story “The Granite Kitchen” (July 2016) for an Arthur Ellis Award! The chilling tale of misdeeds and obsession unfolds through the words of an unreliable narrator as she talks to a realtor about selling her home. Morrell is well known as the author of First Blood, which became the Rambo film franchise.
EQMM story “The Ascent” nominated for Arthur Ellis Award – Spring 2017
Scott Mackay’s “The Ascent,” from the August 2016 issue, has been nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story by the Crime Writers of Canada! In this short work by the multi-award-winning novelist, a bird watcher takes an excursion to the Andes, and in a suspenseful, dangerous climb finds her fellow adventurers may pose as great a threat as the environment.
A Diamond Anniversary
Throughout 2016, EQMM celebrated its 75th anniversary with special issues and a symposium and exhibition hosted by Columbia University featuring pillars of mystery fiction, art, scholarship, and criticism such as Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Santlofer, Otto Penzler, and Sarah Weinman. Learn more about the year-long celebration and watch or listen to the symposium here.
EQMM Honored by the Baker Street Irregulars
In 2016, EQMM was honored by the Baker Street Irregulars with A Tip of the Deerstalker for its annual Sherlockian issue and for its attention to reviewing Sherlockian titles in the magazine’s column, The Jury Box. Founded in 1934, the BSI is the oldest literary society dedicated to the study of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Victorian World.