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#1 The Doctor

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 12:53 AM

Have a "thrilling" resource you are dying to share. Share the love here!

Some great places to start: (List will be updated sporadically)

Mystery Writers of America
International Thriller Writers
The Big Thrill
Stop Your Killing Me

How To Write a Damn Good Thriller
Writing the Thriller

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:42 AM


Mystery Writers of America
Mystery Writers of America, Inc. is the premier organization for mystery writers and other professionals in the mystery field. Be sure to check out their regional chapters -- and its one of the best ways to network locally within the genre.

International Thrillers Writers
Thriller authors created ITW to celebrate the thriller, to enhance the prestige and raise the profile of thrillers, and to create opportunities for collegiality within the thriller community. ITW offers a three-in-one resources, including their annual ThrillFest conference and their online magazine The Big Thrill in addition to their official ITW website and members-only section.

Sisters in Crime
Sisters in Crime is an international organization of readers and writers dedicated to raising awareness of women's contributions to the mystery genre. Sisters in Crime also offers the helpful online forum SinC Guppies, a cyber fishtank for aspiring writers working in the genres of mystery/crime/thrillers/suspense.

The Criminal Element
Major publisher Macmillan has created a new online community for crime fiction and nonfiction readers, and it looks like a great resource for online networking and tracking industry news as well as submitting your crime fiction short stories for publication.

CrimeSpree Magazine and Blog
After 7+ years, this print-only magazine is still a formidable indie rag dedicated to the ins-and-outs of the mystery and crime publishing market. It may have a garage band feel, but their coverage is topically current, and their industry connections provide them with the insider scoop. Look for it in your local bookstore. You'll probably be surprised when you actually find it on the magazine shelves.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 02:29 PM

I can personally vouch for how awesome the Sisters in Crime newsletter is, and the benefits of membership are VERY cool.

I can also personally vouch for how awesome Criminal Element is because, well, I blog there, lol. :biggrin:

The first Mark Mallen novel, Untold Damage, is now available via Midnight Ink! Look for the second Mark Mallen novel, Critical Damage in April of 2014 (Should we all be here, natch).


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 03:43 PM

Try going into the web pages or blogs of some of your favorite mystery writers. They sometimes offer links to resources.

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 01:44 PM

Hey there Group!  I know I haven't been particularly active in this group, but I've been working on a few things lately and I found myself here again.  Why, you ask?  I want to know if there are any awards for Novellas in the Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, and Crime genres.  I've been having a little trouble finding novellas in these genres (novellas being, essentially, 'short novels' with <40k words, but more than 17.5k or so).  Or at least a solid recommendation page somewhere.


So, in the spirit of keeping with the purpose of this thread, here is a great resource for awards in our particular genres. 


Stop, You're Killing Me!

This site has an Awards page that lists most of the major awards in the Mystery, Crime, Thriller, and Suspense genres.  Most of them have awards for novels and short stories, with many also including other categories like Young Adult, Best First Novel, and so on.


Crime Fiction Awards

Similar website to the above.  There is some overlap but 'Crime Fiction Awards' has an exceptional listing of international novel awards (French, Swedish, Japanese, etc.).


...The problem, however, is that most of the above don't mention Novellas at all.  I understand why.  It's not as much of a 'thing' in these genres as in some others, and it's more likely they'd just be called 'novels' and commented upon as being shorter than average.  The only one I've found is the Black Orchid Award, which is done in honor of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe (those stories were predominantly 'novellas').


Regardless of whether or not I find what I'm looking for (even an ability to search by word count would be lovely, if anyone knows of such a database), I hope you all find something new to read from some of the above listed awards.

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