Kris Neri, one of the authors in The Gift of Murder anthology, posted a lovely essay about the Toys for Tots project on her blog. http://femmesfatales.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/09/the-gift-of-holiday-joy.html
For those of you non-SMFS members, Michael Bracken has answered the Where to Submit? question over at his blog as well as posting the answer on SMFS http://crimefictionwriter.blogspot.com/2009/09/where-to-submit.html
Cormac Brown has announced the latest issue of Astonishing Adventures Magazine is now out. You can find all the details at http://cormacwrites.blogspot.com/ Cormac has also started another blog called Friday Flash Fiction. The idea here is to post a prompt every Friday then writers have until Tuesday to come up with a flash story and post it on their blogs. This sounds like a good idea to get the creative juices flowing if you're having a bit of a block, plus a great way to drive traffic to your blog. Not to mention the great fun you'll be having. Check it out at http://fridayflashfiction.blogspot.com/
The Big Adios is having an author chat with Ray Banks on September 26. You can find all the details at http://thebigadios.yuku.com/topic/913/t/September-26-author-chat-RAY-Banks.html
Fantasy Magazine is getting ready for a Halloween flash contest. The submission period will be October 1 to 16 with a word count of less than 1000. You can find the details at http://raebryant.livejournal.com/30383.html There will be more details published later at the Zine site.
And finally, Issue 5 of Pine Tree Mysteries has hit the virtual streets with short stories from Virginia Winters, Sylvia Nickels and Jack Bates. Some of you might be familiar with Jack's work from A Twist of Noir. http://www.pinetreemysteries.com