Suspense Magazine's April issue features Andrew Gross, T. Jefferson Parker, Joshua Graham, Jeremy Robinson and Adam Baker; Lisa Gardner's writing toolbox with tips for authors; Anthony Franze interviews John Gilstrap for his next installment of his "On Writing" section; and, there's a list of the winners of the short story contest plus an announcement of the recipient of the 1st annual Armstrong Award for best short story, as picked by Suspense Magazine staff.
The latest issue, #4, of Blood and Tacos is out, and you can view it free via the website or download a copy for the Kindle. The issue marks the first-year-anniversary of the zine, and they've decided to make some changes in honor of that milestone. Gone are reviews and nonfiction pieces, giving more room for fiction. The magazine will also go from being a quarterly to more sporadically, probably twice a year, although this will ultimately mean more total stories and more pay for the authors.
This week's featured story on Beat to a Pulp is "Yusan" by Jim Wilsky. BTAP David Cranmer has also opened up submissions again, so send along your best hardboiled story of 4,000 words or under for consideration.
The next issue of Mystery Readers Journal will focus on Chicago Mysteries. Editor Janet Rudolph says that if you have a mystery that takes place in Chicago, consider writing an author! author! essay for this issue, 500-1500 words, first person, upclose and personal about yourself, your books and the "Chicago" connection. She's also looking for reviews and articles. The deadline for articles and reviews is June 1, and there are more details on the journal's website.
The Deadly Ink conference-sponsored short story contest has extended the deadline for submissions to May 1. Stories must be under 5,000 words, be set in New Jersey, and focus on a crime. The winner will received publication in an anthology, $25 and free conference registration.
In the Q&A roundup this week, Donna Leon chats with the Yorkshire Evening Post; Jamie Mason visits MysteryPeople to discuss his novel Three Graves Full, which is catching a lot of buzz; 24-year-old debut author Roger Hobbs stopped by Crime Watch; and Mark Edwards had a Q&A with Crime Fiction Lover about his partnership with Louise Voss in the self-publishing realm before they were picked up HarperCollins.
Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook for mystery authors, talked about the history of poisoning in crime fiction in an article titled "The Chemistry of the Murder Mystery" for Wired.
Another fun read for authors and fans of crime fiction is "5 Ridiculous Gun Myths Everyone Believes" (thanks to TV and the movies).