Have you ever read, submitted to, or otherwise heard of Spinetingler Magazine?
If you’re a fan of horror, crime, mysteries or thrillers and you said no…you’ll definitely be interested in this post.
If you’re an AUTHOR of those and you said no…for shame.
Spinetingler Magazine is a popular online e-zine that publishes flash fiction and short stories in the genres I listed above. They aren’t just a website where everyone gets together and publishes their work…they pick the stories they want to accept and authors are paid for their contributions. It’s the real deal!
Now, here’s the important part. Spinetingler offers many awards for authors, but a new one has been opened up this year. The 2012 Award for Best Crime Fiction Novella! (For those of you who don’t know, a Novella is between short story and novel in length. Approximately 15,00 – 50,000 words)
This straight from Spinetingler Magazine:
“To honor the crime fiction novellas released in 2011 we are proud to announce the first annual Spinetingler Award for Best Novella. If the trend of novellas continues then this award will be folded in to the main awards in the future.
The polls will be open until the end of the month.
Congratulations to Raymond Embrack, Ray Banks, Fingers Murphy, Tom Piccirilli, Jack Tunney, Kio Stark, Nik Korpon, Gerard Brennan, Chuck Wendig and Nigel Bird.
California can be bought here
Everything I Tell You is a Lie can be bought here
Every Shallow Cut can be bought here
Felony Fists can be bought here
Follow Me Down can be bought here
Old Ghosts can be bought here
The Point can be bought here
Shotgun Gravy can be bought here
Smoke can be bought here
In considering the award I read every mystery/crime novella that I could find that was released in 2011. I wound up reading 40+ novellas. I’m willing to make the full list of novellas that were considered available upon request. Send me an email or leave a comment here and I’ll send it to you.
Brian [Lindenmuth] is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.
From Brian Lindenmuth:
“The writing industry is often difficult to enter as an emerging writer. Writers are routinely rejected simply because their name or work is not known. Often, exceptional manuscripts are returned unread with a rejection form letter. Many of our staff writers have faced this challenge and know the frustration of spending months or even years waiting for the big break.
We also realized that the publishing industry was not being responsive to the changes in the world. Too often an author is forced to mail a manuscript with an SASE to a magazine or publisher, required to spend time and money on a process that does not make sense in a world where doing things “online” is a normal way of doing business.
That’s why we created Spinetingler Magazine. We want to entertain our audience while we promote and enhance the profile of talented emerging writers using the forum of electronic publishing. We know there are a lot of great stories out there that should have a place where they can be told, so we are providing that venue for them.”
See? Living proof that even work published online doesn’t have to be badly edited and written like a ninth grade love letter.
Now… I have no particular interest in crime fiction. Why am I posting about this award again? Because it just so happens that one of the novellas being considered, Smoke by Nigel Bird, was published by our very own Trestle Press! The same publisher who releases my Shana Black installments each month! Congrats Nigel!!
Now, I’m not a cheater. I’m not asking you to go vote for Nigel just because you’re reading my blog (though, if you have read any of the novellas and DO want to vote, you can do so here). But if you are a fan of crime fiction (and lets face it, most of us are), there’s eight new books right there for you to check out…and their quality has already been vouched for! Isn’t this an awesome day?
I WOULD appreciate it if all you lovely bloggers and book lovers could spread the word about the award! Not only will it allow more authors to make their work known to Spinetingler magazine next year, but it might prompt those who HAVE read these novellas to give an author the award they deserve!
So: To find out more about Spinetingler Magazine: Click Here
To cast your vote for the top 2011 Crime Fiction Novella: Click Here
To reblog this post or copy anything from this post to spread the word: Go ahead! You don’t need my permission!