All Due Respect: The Anthology, edited by Chris Rhatigan, is out now in ebook form, with a print version coming soon. Twenty-eight authors have contributed stories "filled with thugs, grifters, dope dealers, and killers who make no apologies about who they are or what they do. All Due Respect is about crime, not the solving of crime, not the bemoaning of crime, just the bad things that bad people do."
The Left Coast Crime Conference announced nominations for its annual awards, including The Lefty for most humorous novel; The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award; The Rocky, for the best mystery novel set in the Left Coast Crime Geographical Region; and The Watson, for the mystery novel with the best sidekick.
NPR is once again sponsoring its Three-Minute Fiction contest. The premise: write a piece of original fiction (in any genre) in the form of a voice-mail message that can be read in about three minutes (no more than 600 words). Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 10. The winning story will be read on the air and will be published in the summer issue of The Paris Review literary magazine.
Janet Rudolph, editor of Mystery Readers Journal, has a call for Environmental Mysteries. If you have a mystery that concerns the environment, consider writing an "Author! Author!" essay for this issue of between 500 and 1500. Janet is also looking for reviews and articles, with a deadline of March 1.
Gerald So has three crime poems up at Beat to a Pulp in honor of the fifth annivesary of the online 'zine helmed by publisher/editor David Cranmer.
Soho Press has partnered with San Francisco based Tea Garden Travel LLC to offer a sweepstakes in association with Cara Black's Paris-based Aimée Leduc mystery series. One lucky fan will join Cara Black and 15 fellow travelers for a trip to Paris October 15 to 22. Entry forms can be found inside the limited, signed first edition of the print copies of Black's next Aimée Leduc mystery, Murder Below Montparnasse (due in stores (March 5); in the ebook edition; and for free at participating libraries and bookstores. Fans can also enter to win at any of Cara Black's official tour events around the country. For more information, check out www.parisisformurder.com.
The Q&A roundup this week includes Brenda Bauer, talking with the Independent about her background, her writing, and her latest book featuring a protagonist with Aspberger's; The Dark Phantom Review welcomes former police detective Chris Karslen, talking about her romantic supense books; and Rebecca M. Hale chats with Scene of the Crime about her Mystery in the Islands and Cats and Curios series.