Holy cow. I won.

I guess it’s official. They announced it on YouTube and everything. I won the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence for my short story, “Cold Wave.”

Forgive me for bragging a little. The judges called “Cold Wave” a “mini masterpiece,” and said the story had “pitch-perfect pacing” and that “the humour is delightful.”

To say I’m pleased is an understatement.

The best part is that the story was published in Sisters in Crime – Canada West’s inaugural anthology, Crime Wave. And not only that, one of my chapter sisters, Winona Kent, was also nominated for her novella, “Salty Dog Blues.” Now that’s a feather in our cap.

Thank you all for your kind congratulations. It’s much appreciated. I would like to congratulate the winners in the other categories. You will find them all listed in the Crime Writers of Canada news release.

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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!

My first podcast!

The wonderful Joanna Vander Vlugt, host of the From the Dressing Room podcast, is featuring the authors of the Sisters in Crime Canada West Crime Wave anthology, which includes my own “Cold Wave.” It was my very first podcast and it was a lot of fun to meet the other authors in the anthology: K.L. Abrahamson, J.E. Barnard, Alice Bienia, Debra Henry, Winona Kent, Charlotte Morganti and Merrilee Robson.

Pop in and listen, if you have a moment.

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