On May 29, Crime Writers of Canada announced that I won the Award of Excellence for Best Crime Short Story, for “Reversion,” which appeared in the April 2023 edition of Mystery Magazine, edited by Kerry Carter.

I’m honoured and delighted (and also a little flabbergasted, considering my competition: M.H. Callway, Mary Keenan, donalee Moulton, and Zandra Renwick).

Two new interviews and a blog post

It’s been a busy week! The lovely Erik D’Souza interviewed me for Crime Writers of Canada about being a finalist for this year’s Excellence Awards. Here’s the link to the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/pnOhvyu7YRc. While you’re there, take a look around. Erik has interviewed many, if not most, of the finalists.

My local newspaper, High River Times, also interviewed me about the Excellence Awards. Dan Marcinkowski dropped into Margins Bookstore in High River, where my sister authors, Lorrie Morales and Linda Rakos, and I did a book signing. https://www.highrivertimes.com/news/local-news/high-river-author-nominated-for-award

The winners of the CWC Excellence Awards will be announced on May 29.

And finally, I was featured on Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine blog, Trace Evidence, as my short story, “Chuck Berry is Missing,” will appear in the next issue. I write about the importance of interesting characters in keeping readers’ interest.

Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence

Holy cow. I’m a finalist for the 2021 Canadian Crime Writers Awards of Excellence in the short story category:

Best Crime Short Story sponsored by Mystery Weekly with a $300 prize

• Marcelle Dubé, Cold Wave, Sisters in Crime – Canada West

• Twist Phelan, Used to Be, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

• Zandra Renwick, Killer Biznez, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

• Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Days Without Name, Carrick Publishing

• Sarah Weinman, Limited Liability, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

I am in excellent company. The best part? The nomination is for Cold Wave, a story that appeared in the Sisters in Crime Canada West inaugural anthology, Crime Wave. My sister in crime, Winona Kent, is nominated in the novella category, for her Salty Dog Blues, which also appeared in Crime Wave.

You can find the complete list here: https://www.crimewriterscanada.com/awards/annual-awards/current-contest/shortlists

The winners in each category will be announced on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Wish me luck!