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Friday, February 19, 2010

Deadfall - Short Stories of New England Mystery

Level Best books publishes an anthology of short stories by New England author and of course themed for mystery, including thriller, suspense, caper, and horror. Stories may or may not be located in New England, but do feature both recognized and first time New England authors.

There are currently seven books in the series and Our Mystery Book Club is reading Deadfall, the sixth anthology, published in 2008.

We are reading three of these short stories for each meeting of the book club in addition to our monthly novel. At the next meeting, February 26, we will be reading stories #4, 5, and 6.

A "scoresheet" is available for download. It allows us to rank order the three stories each week, as well as note what we felt were the good points and not-so-good points for each story.

Go here to order the book OR download a free copy of the scoresheet.

Al Blanchard Short Story Award - Entry Information

Like New England mysteries?  Want to write one and maybe win a prize?  The deadline for writing a short story focused on New England and mystery is here along with the chance to be the annual Al Blanchard Award Winner.

This prestigious short story award is given annually in memory of Al Blanchard, co-chair of the first three New England Crime Bake Conferences, NEMWA president, and a member of Sisters in Crime.
The deadline for submissions is April 30th (no exceptions).  The award will be presented at this year's New England Crime Bake, scheduled for November 12th-14th, in Dedham, Massachusetts (the winner is not required to attend).

  • $100 cash award.  
  • Publication in Level Best Books' eighth Crime Fiction anthology (  
  • Admission to the Crime Bake Conference.

  • Story must be a crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting.  
  • Story must be previously unpublished (in print or electronically).  
  • Story must not be more than 5,000 words in length.  
  • Story may include the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror. (Please, no torture/killing of children or animals.)

  • Send your story as an attachment in Word format, double-spaced, to:
  • Type "Al Blanchard Award" in subject line. (Without it, attachments will not be opened). 
  • Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as your story title and word count, in the main body of your e-mail.
  • We will promptly acknowledge the receipt of your submission. Your entry will be coded to insure anonymity and be sent on to the judges. Therefore, your name should not appear anywhere in the attachment.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Limit of two stories per person.
  • Deadline for submission is April 30, 2010.
Details are also available at

Please feel free to share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested in submitting a story.

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