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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Level Best Books: Best New England Crime Stories

Level Best Books: Windward
Best New England Crime Stories

Oh joy!

My short story, Giving Voice, will be included in Level Best Books Windward anthology. 

Their website describes this collection the best:

"Level Best Books publishes an annual anthology of Crime Stories set in New England each November. Well-regarded by readers and reviewers, stories published by Level Best have won the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Derringer and Robert L. Fish (Award for Best First Short Story presented at the Edgar® banquet) Awards and have been recognized as “Distinguished Mystery Stories,” by the editors of the Best American Mystery Stories series. Level Best also publishes the winning story from the Al Blanchard contest every year.

Founded by Skye Alexander, Kate Flora and Susan Oleksiw, Level Best’s goal is to publish the highest quality short fiction produced by crime writers either from or with stories set in the six New England states. From the beginning, the anthology has contained tales from established as well as previously unpublished authors."

This is the first year the publishers opened submissions to authors outside of New England, and the competition to earn a coveted slot was tough. I'm thrilled, humbled, and more than a little intimidated to be included.

(A link to the story behind the inspiration of "Giving Voice" is here.)

Stories and authors that made the cut include:

“The Burren” by Christine Bagley
“Tainted Image” by V R Barkowski
“A Good Lard Crust is Hard to Find…” by Mara Buck
“Bagatelle” by P Jo Anne Burgh
“Grateful Touring” by   Sarah M. Chen
“Tinkle Tinkle” by Frank Cook
“The Haunting at the Orleans Inn” by Daemon Crowe
“A Glutton for Punishment” by Sharon Daynard
“God of Money” by Stephen Doyle
“The Case of the Burqa-ed Busker” by Gerald Elias
“The Boston Post Cane” by Kathy Lynn Emerson
“Daybreak Dismay in Dallas” by Sanford Emerson
“Careful What You Wish For” by Kate Flora
“Three Sisters” by Kimberly Gray
“Murder at Midnight” by Janet Halpin
“Giving Voice” by Connie Johnson Hambley
“The Allagoosalum” by Jill Hand
“Yemaya’s Revenge” by Lisa Lieberman
“Family Business” by Cyndy Lively
“The List” by Ruth McCarty
“Mendicants in the Median” by Peter Murray
“The Ridge” by Rick Ollerman
“Cheap Medz” by Alan Orloff
“Fresh Start” by Anita Page
“Dead Weight” by Dale Phillips
“An Old Man’s Regret” by Verena Rose
“Seals” by Erica Ruppert
“The Mountain” by Harriette Sackler
“Snow Devils” by Brenda Seabrooke
“Look Away” by Shawn Reilly Simmons
“Clean Windows” by Gabriel Valjan
“Daddy” by Lilla Waltch