A big congratulations to Brad Crowther, whose novella, "Politics Make Dead Bedfellows" won the 4th annual Black Orchid Novella Award Contest from the Nero Wolfe Society. And submissions are now open for the 5th contest. The deadline for this will be May 31, 2011. You can find out more about the contest and the submission details at http://www.nerowolfe.org/ Just scroll down the page for the links.
Brian Lindenmuth dropped me a note to say that Spinetingler has closed to submissions until 2011. There will be an announcement when they reopen. http://www.spinetinglermag.com
And Schlock Magazine has listed their themes for 2011. The first is Prehistory with a February 1 deadline. The other themes in order are Exploration, Gothic, and Apocalypse. You can find all the details at http://schlockmagazine.net/submission-guidelines/2011-themes/
Via Bryon Quartermous' blog post at Do Some Damage on Sunday http://dosomedamage.blogspot.com/2010/12/short-subjects.html we were advised by Popcorn Fiction's editor, Derek Haas, that Popcorn Fiction is a paying market, currently paying $20 and hopefully $25. http://www.mulhollandbooks.com/popcornfiction/submissions.html
Dark Scribe magazine has announced the finalists for the 4th annual Black Quill Awards. There's some very familiar names on the list, but what's great about these awards is short stories, single author collections, and anthologies are all included. Voting is open to the public, so stop on over and vote. http://www.darkscribemagazine.com/4th-annual-bqa-nominees/
And the Top Suspense Group's round robin contest began today. You can find the details and read the first part of the story, "The Chase", here http://topsuspense.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-suspense-round-robin-short-story.html