How do you squeeze in a short story or 12?

Andrew Welsh-Huggins
Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Thank you to Andrew for another great presentation. To view the recording, click here. The passcode is V5z2hi#n.

Also, Andrew has several links in the recorded chat but for ease of use, and some additional ones, here they are:

Short Mystery Fiction Society: https://shortmystery.blogspot.com/

Short story tracking websites: Duotrope (https://duotrope.com/) and Submission Grinder (https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/). 

The William Shunn format, frequently required by magazine and anthology editors:

https://www.shunn.net/format/

And two blogs I didn’t mention but should have:

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine’s Trace Evidence blog: https://trace-evidence.net/

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s Something Is Going to Happen blog: https://somethingisgoingtohappen.net/category/ellery-queen-2/

Contributors to both the AHMM and the EQMM blogs provide interesting insights into their writing process, often focusing on short fiction. Once on the site, each page provides a sign-up option via a box that pops up in the bottom right-hand corner.

A New Year means new goals! If you’ve ever thought about writing short stories but didn’t know where to start, have we got a session for you. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, author of the Andy Hayes mystery series, also flexes his creative muscles by crafting short stories. A growing list of his works have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly Magazine, and Mystery Tribune. 

But how does he do it? When is there time and head space for smaller, though still-challenging, projects? Or is writing short pieces just what you need to kickstart your year and get you into a steady habit of writing? Andrew will share tips on how to pen an ideal balance between plot and characterization in a limited space. And writing for an anthology? He’s got you covered there too. If that wasn’t enough, he’ll also dive into how and where to submit your stories–including paying markets. 

Andrew’s latest short story, “The Delivery,” is featured in the newest Mickey Finn volume with the tagline: When a routine drop-off in an Illinois college town goes awry, it’s up to freelance mailman Mercury Carter to set things straight. 

Mark your calendars and join us, via Zoom, Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. when Andrew shares his insights.

Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir, Volume 3