Inspired by April’s National Poetry Month and thanks to the StoryADay in May writing challenge, May has become identified with the short story. So StoryADay.org made it official and declared May 2013 to be the first organized International Short Story Month.
The Short Mystery Fiction Society joins the celebration each year by highlighting members’ published story every day of the month.
Today, May 13, 2018, is Mother’s Day, and I’m having the best possible start to it with my story, “The New Score,” featured on SMFS!
This is one of the two stories that have been nominated for a Derringer! (My other Derringer-nominated story is "The Drive-by"). Derringer winners will be announced in just two days, on May 15th!
Short stories are exciting, moving and unexpected. They make you think. They are like little puzzles to be solved. Short stories can blow away the cobwebs of your thinking in a few short lines.
Here are the links to the other stories featured by SMFS this month so far. You will want to read each and every one!
- May 1: Patricia Dusenbury, “Family Man” at Mystery Tribune.
- May 2: Mary Reed, "The Thorn," (co-written with Eric Reed) and "Or Equivalent Experience."
- May 3: Diana Deverell, "Texas Two Step: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story."
- May 4: Gail Farrelly, "Double Trouble."
- May 5: Jacqueline Seewald, "Bacon Bits."
- May 6: William Burton McCormick, "Cleopatran Cocktails."
- May 7: Sarah M. Chen, "The Last Second Chance."
- May 8: O'Neil De Noux, "A Just Reward"
- May 9: Michael Bracken, "Itsy Bitsy Spider."
- May 10: Peter DiChellis, "Please Remain Calm."
- May 11: Gary Cahill, "The Way to a Man's Heart."
- May 12: Barb Goffman, "Whose Wine is it Anyway," and "Crazy Cat Lady."