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Sisters in Crime LA What’s New – March 2022

MARCH 2022


1) The Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime announces its 2023 anthology, “Entertainment To Die For.” Submissions open March 1 and close May 31, 2022. The judges of this blind contest will consider stories up to 7500 words in any sub-genre of crime. Guidelines will appear here soon:

2) Partners In Crime, the San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime, seeks stories of up to 5000 words for its 2023 short story collection, “Crime Under The Sun.”
The deadline is 6/15/22.

3) The International Crime Writers Association (CAA) is accepting submissions of traditional mystery short stories for its 2022 Margery Allingham Prize until February 28

4) New Arc Books, an imprint of Level Best Books, is actively seeking new
novel-length fiction in the categories of Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Literary Fiction, Romantic Suspense, etc.

5) Tempered Tales Magazine, a paid outlet, will be open to short story (up to 1500 words) submissions on the theme of “Medusa” between March 1 and March 15, 2022

6) Bouchercon’s 2023 anthology, tentatively titled “Peril Under The Palms” is open for submissions. The deadline is October 15, 2022

7) The Writer’s Digest 91st Annual Writing Competition is now open for submissions. The early bird deadline is May 6, 2022. Winners of the 2021 competition will be announced in the Nov / Dec issue of the magazine. For categories and guidelines, see


8) Sisters in Crime National is accepting applications for the Eleanor Taylor Brand Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award given annually to emerging writers of color in the genre. Deadline: March 31, 2022.


UnderLockandSkeletonKey Cover

An impossible crime. A family legacy. The intrigue of hidden rooms and secret staircases. Known for her wonderfully addictive characters, multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in this heartfelt series debut. Under Lock & Skeleton Key layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers enchanted. Out March 15 from Minotaur Books:

Out Now!
by our very own Prez,
Paula Bernstein

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Mike Befeler has a short story in the new anthology Eccentric Circles

The Wages of Sin: The ballad of Margie and Dale,” by Joan Renner, appears in The Best New True Crime Stories by Partners in Crime


Committing Suicide,” a short story by Gay Kinman, appears in the January 2022 edition of the online magazine, King’s River Life.

Lori Dillman’s story “Just One” appears in the Bould Awards Short Story Anthology 2021, Volume 2, available in print and e-book.


Gay Kinman’s new short story, The Burglaries, is out on Kindle. The wonderful cover art is the creation of Peggy Chan.



CONGRATS to Matt Coyle for his Barry Award nomination for Best Novel. His book, Last Redemption, has also been nominated for a Lefty Award. His fellow Barry Award nominees include Michael Connelly, S.A. Crosby, Stephen King, and Naomi Hirarara. (Nice company!) The winner will be announced at the opening of Bouchercon in Minneapolis on September 8, 2022.

Previously Announced Nominations:


Congrats to Gigi Pandian for her Edgar Award nomination for Best Short Story.
The Locked Room Library” appeared in the July / August issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Edgar awards in this and other categories are given annually by Mystery Writers of America. The winners will be announced at the Edgars Banquet in NYC on April 28.


Congratulations to Wendall Thomas for her nomination for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel for her 2021 book, Fogged Off. Winners of Lefty Awards will be announced at the Left Coast Crime convention in Albuquerque in April.


CONGRATULATIONS to Ellen Byron for her nomination for the Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Award for Cajun Kiss of Death. Her fellow nominees include Louise Penny and Hank Phillippi Ryan. Winners of Agatha Awards will be announced at the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda in April. The book has also been nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel.

Mimi Lee Cracks the Code

And we congratulate Jennifer Chow for her nomination for the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel for Mimi Lee Cracks the Code. Winners of Lefty Awards will be announced at the Left Coast Crime convention in Albuquerque in April

Upcoming Webinars and Other Online Resources

March 5, 2022, 9 am
Free to Sisters in Crime members
Register here:

This webinar is part of the SinC into Great Writing series. The event will take place on March 5, 2022 at noon ET/11am CT/10am MT/9am PT. The seminar includes three panels: Things I Wish I’d Known: Jennifer J. Chow, Jennifer Hillier, Ausma Zehanat Khan , moderated by Wanda M. Morris Publishing in the Present Tense: Michelle Addo, Jenny Chen, Samantha Fabien, moderated by Kellye Garrett Structures for Success: Gigi Pandian, Alex Segura, moderated by Sandra S.G. Wong

March 3, 2022, 3:30 pm
Free to Sisters in Crime members

The March meeting of the Upstate South Carolina chapter will feature guest speaker Carmen Amato, mystery and thriller author, who will talk about her 30 years in the CIA, her police procedural series, and her recent foray into historical fiction. Carmen has traveled the world, surviving multiple earthquakes, a persona-non-grata expulsion, a train derailment, and a Givenchy fashion show. Networking at 3:30 pm pacific time; presentation starts at 4 pm pacific time.

Free to Sisters in Crime Members


Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for Writer’s Digest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World; her newsletter was awarded Media Outlet of the Year in 2020.

Sisters in Crime LA What’s New – February 2022


NominationsNew Releases, Author Appearances, Coming Up, Call for Submissions, Invitation to Nominate, and A Gripping Experience!

Nominations! Congratulations to:

Gigi Pandian for her 2022 Edgar Award nomination for Best Short Story. Her piece “Locked Room Library” was published last year in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The winner of the Best Short Story Edgar Award and other Edgars will be announced at the MWA banquet in New York City on April 28, 2022


Jennifer J. Chow for MIMI LEE CRACKS THE CODE, her third Sassy Cat Mystery which has been nominated for Left Coast Crime’s Best Humorous Mystery Novel Lefty Award. It was also chosen as one of Kings River Life’s Favorite Books of 2021.

Mimi Lee Cracks the Code


Ellen Byron for her nomination for the Left Coast Crime Best Humorous Mystery Novel Award for her book, Murder In The Bayou Boneyard.


Matt Coyle deserves kudos for his nomination for the Left Coast Crime Best Mystery Novel Award for his book, Last Redemption.


Wendell Thomas for her nomination for the Left Coast Crime Best Humorous Mystery Novel Award for her book, Fogged Off. Fogged Off also made The Reading Room’s “Best of 2021” list.

New Releases:


Peggy Rothschild’s A DEADLY BONE TO PICK comes out this February! Visit her site for more information and other places to purchase her book!

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When Molly Madison, dog-wrangler extraordinaire, stumbles upon a murder in her new hometown she must track down a killer and sniff out the suspects in order to save the day. 

Don’t miss Nancy Raven Smith’s latest book BUSHWHACKED IN THE OUTBACK: a Land Sharks Cozy Mystery Adventure!

Lexi loves her job as a Beverly Hills bank fraud investigator. It lets her pursue scam artists and con men – known in the business as land sharks. Yet she risks everything when she follows a dead embezzler’s casket to Coober Pedy in the Australian outback. She knows it’s a desperate gamble, but it’s her last hope to recover the bank’s stolen money. Unfortunately, she’s persona non grata in that country. She needs to get in, find the money, and get out before the Australian police discover her presence. But will the unexpected appearance of an ex-lover make her linger too long?

Available on Amazon at

Author Appearances:


Laurie Stevens will be a guest February 11 on the Corks and Conversations podcast on YouTube found here: Pour yourself a glass and join the party!

Game of Books – YouTube
Christie and Cathi host a wine-filled weekly podcast book club where they speak to award winning and best selling authors of mystery books.
More appearances …


Sheila Lowe will be traveling south to her old stomping grounds (Anaheim) to speak to the California Writers Club, Orange County chapter, on February 5.

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“Reading between the lines on your path to publication” is the title of her talk. All are welcome. 9:00-11:30.


Coming up:

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the next Left Coast Crime Conference, an annual gathering of mystery readers and writers.

Registration is open. Check out

Call for submissions:


Run Amok Crime is seeking submissions for a new crime-fiction anthology to be entitled Jacked. They are looking for both genre and non-genre pieces. The only criteria is that somewhere in there, a law needs to be fractured. “We will be considering short-shorts, novelettes of up to 10,000 words, and everything between. While we will lean towards unpublished works, reprints will be considered so long as you, the writer, retain copyright. (In the case of reprints, please provide complete publication information.)” The Submission window will close on Feb. 15, 2022. Include a one-paragraph bio and submit your story to Jacked editor Vern Smith via the Submittable button on the runamokbooks website. Authors whose stories are accepted will receive a modest payment and book copies.


For more information about contests and publishers seeking submissions in the crime genre, check out these websites:,,

Invitation to Nominate:

The Shamus Awards
The Private Eye Writers of America

for private eye novels & short stories first published in 2021

Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2022.
No extensions can be given.

Eligible works must feature as a main character a person PAID for investigative work but NOT employed for that work by a unit of government. These include traditionally licensed private investigators; lawyers and reporters who do their own investigations; and others who function as hired private agents. These do NOT include law enforcement officers, other government employees, or amateur, uncompensated sleuths. Independently published books (“Indies”) may be submitted to the Best Original Paperback PI Novel category.

Here are the categories:

See for details on categories and submissions.

And now, for a truly gripping experience ….

The Hillside Strangler True Crime Historic Tour
Saturday, February 12, 2022 2 – 5 pm
See eventbrite for tickets

Hop on a tour bus and be taken back to 1977-78 when the Hillside Stranglers terrorized Eagle Rock, Highland Park and the surrounding communities. Local Crime Historian Joe Walker (ERHS Class of ’78) will take you to see the scenes of the crimes, from abduction sites to body dump sites to the house of horrors where the Hillside Stranglers tortured and murdered their victims.

Drinking will be allowed on the bus! BYOB, NO GLASS BOTTLES (pour that booze into a plastic container.) We will supply the ice, cups and mixers. Pace yourself, we will be drinking a toast/tribute to each of the victims. All CDC gathering guidelines will be followed.

Buy your tickets NOW — the event is sure to sell out!

If you know of an enticing call for submission, an intriguing webinar, or an opportunity to nominate one of our talented sisters or misters for an award, please let us know so that we may spread the word. This column comes out on or about the 25th of every month. You may contact us at [email protected]

SinC/LA Members: Have a new book coming out? Find details on how to submit your upcoming releases in the Members Only section of the chapter website:

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Sisters in Crime LA Member Appearances and News – August 2020

Find out where our members in person this coming month (and subsequent months), or where you can find them – or their content – in media outlets such as podcasts or Zoom conferences! Or, maybe you have time on your hands for a good read and there’s something new you should know about!

We’ve consolidated all the “hot off the press”  news to know here – this list is updated throughout the month with last minute additions and changes, so keep checking back!



Craig Faustus Buck‘s “2 is For Taboo”, “Cuppa Joe” and “Heavy Debt”, have all been accepted for reprint in the 2020 BOULD Awards Anthology, which will be published in late November.


Tori Eldridge‘s book, THE NINJA DAUGHTER,  is a Macavity Award nominee for Best First Mystery. Tori’s debut novel was also nominated for an Anthony Award (Best First Novel) and a Lefty Award (Best Debut Mystery). Her next book in the Lily Wong series, THE NINJA’S BLADE, releases September 1st!


Sheila Lowe spent 3 hours in front of a camera for Burden of Proof, a documentary to be aired on HBO this fall. She figures that will get her about 30 seconds of screen time. The show is about a 1987 cold case where a 15 year old girl disappeared, leaving some mysterious handwriting.

Gary Phillips has a short story, “High Sheriff Blues” in Low Down Dirty Vote II, profits from sales to go to the Southern Poverty Law Center to fight voter suppression and another, the Twilight Zone influenced “No Room! No Room!” in Stop the World: Snapshots from a Pandemic. Those profits to benefit a charity as well.

Sisters in Crime LA Member Appearances and News – July 2020

Find out where our members in person this coming month (and subsequent months), or where you can find them – or their content – in media outlets such as podcasts or Zoom conferences! Or, maybe you have time on your hands for a good read and there’s something new you should know about!

We’ve consolidated all the “hot off the press”  news to know here – this list is updated throughout the month with last minute additions and changes, so keep checking back!



Tori Eldridge, debut author of THE NINJA DAUGHTER and upcoming THE NINJA’S BLADE (out 9/1/20), appears in three video events for Virtual Thrillerfest XV July 6-14.

  • ITW Author Videos – “Action Thrillers: Driving the Pace and Keeping It Real” with Award-Winning Authors Karen Dionne, K.J. Howe, Zoë Sharp, and Tori Eldridge (July 8-10, free to view)
  • Debut Author Presentation (July 11, 12pm EDT, free to view)
  • Mega Craftfest Conversation with #1 International Bestselling Author Karen Dionne (July 6-10, registration required)

Tori Eldridge—author and former actress of Broadway, television, and film—performs her action-thriller short story “Tough as Stone” for The Poisoned Pen, the first chapter of THE NINJA DAUGHTER for Vroman’s Bookstore, and two excerpts from her debut novel for Book Soup!


Glen Erik Hamilton will join national bestsellers Jeff Abbott and Ellison Cooper in a Facebook Live event, July 14 at 6:00pm with Poisoned Pen, as part of book tour for Glen’s fifth Van Shaw thriller A DANGEROUS BREED.

Details and more of Glen’s upcoming appearances at:

Shannon Muir‘s mystery/action backlist of short stories are featured in the charity volume WHO’S WHO IN NEW PULP, with all proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It is a directory of 222 authors, artists, editors and reviewers in the “new pulp” movement, writing tales today that evoke the styles of the mystery and action pulps of old. This title is currently available from Amazon.

Sisters in Crime/LA Member Appearances and News – April 2020

Even though we have “safer at home” order in place here in Los Angeles, that doesn’t mean our members aren’t staying active! Find out where our members in person this coming month (and subsequent months), or where you can find them – or their content – in media outlets! Or, maybe you have time on your hands for a good read and there’s something new you should know about!

This list is updated throughout the month with last minute additions and changes, so keep checking back!



Paul D. Marks is interviewed by Frank Zafiro on the Wrong Place-Write Crime podcast on April 15th.  So after you’re done crying about your taxes, please check it out:





A second printing for HERE COMES THE BODY, the first book in the Catering Hall Mysteries (written by Ellen Byron  under her pseudonym Maria DiRico) was announced two weeks after the book officially launched.


Don’t miss the 9th book in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, by Daryl Wood Gerber SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE, coming April 21 in trade paperback and e-book.


Alison McMahan‘s short story (thriller), “Harlem in Havana,” is part of the anthology The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell, edited by Josh Pachter. April 7, 2020 release date from Untreed Reads.

Member Notes and News – November 2019

To get the latest on New Releases from our members, subscribe to the WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH newsletter from the right hand side of any page on the website.

MEMBER NOTES AND NEWS lets you in on other types of releases and items of interest about our members.


Dead Write, the fourth book in Sheila Lowe’s Forensic Handwriting series will be released as an audiobook around the end of October, beginning of November. The fabulous Anna Crowe, who has given voice to three of the other books in the series, is the narrator.




“A Matter of Options” is Gary Phillips’ short story riffing on the Great Gatsby meets Chester Himes in the new anthology From Sea to Stormy Sea.  Each story is inspired by a painting.  In this case it was Reginald Marsh’s Depression-era “Why Not Take the L.”  From Pegasus Books, November 19.

Congratulations to Sisters in Crime/LA Members Chosen for MURDER MOST THEATRICAL

Congratulations to the members of Sisters in Crime/LA selected to be in the Malice Domestic Anthology 15: MURDER MOST THEATRICAL! Two of these members (Beverly Graf and Alexandra Jamison) also have stories in our most recent chapter Anthology, FATALLY HAUNTED.

Anne Louise Bannon – “Perfectly Awry”
Daryl Wood Gerber –  “No Final Act”
Beverly Graf –  “Deus Ex Machina”
Alexandra Jamison – “The Nine Deaths in Hamlet?”

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