Entries by Paula Benson

Looking Forward to Mystery in the Midlands

by Paula Gail Benson Dr. Kathy Reichs Next weekend, on Saturday, June 26, from 10:00 am to 2:45 pm ET, the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and the Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime, are proud to present their second virtual Mystery in the Midlands. Until Covid, we gathered in Columbia, S.C., for […]

Join the Tradition: Attend Mystery in the Midlands (Virtually June 26, 2021), Part One

 by Paula Gail Benson For the fourth summer, the Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime and the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America are partnering to present a mid-summer mystery writing extravaganza, featuring award-winning novelists and short story authors that represent every aspect of the genre. Originally an in-person conference, set in “Famously Hot” […]

Ted Lasso’s Message

by Paula Gail Benson   I don’t remember what finally enticed me to watch the first season of Ted Lasso (a sitcom created for Apple TV+). The premise of an American college football coach with no soccer experience hired to manage a premiere professional British football (aka soccer) team seemed intriguing. Hearing about Jason Sudeikis’ […]

Short Story Anthologies and Markets

by Paula Gail Benson First, for short story readers, here are two new anthologies: The Great Filling Station Holdup: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Jimmy Buffet (released February 22, 2021, by Down & Out Books, edited by Josh Pachter) featuring sixteen stories by Leigh Lundlin, Josh Pachter, Rick Ollerman, Michael Bracken, Don Bruns, […]

Lessons from a Year in Isolation

by Paula Gail Benson A year ago, so much of the life we were used to changed as we learned that Covid 19 not only was deadly, but spreading rapidly. I have a vivid memory of meeting with church council members and making the decision to “postpone” our bi-annual presentation of the Living Last Supper. […]

The Short Story Market

by Paula Gail Benson When I first became serious about writing short stories, I discovered a blog called My Little Corner, where author Sandra Seamans provided updates on short story markets. Sadly, we lost Sandra in 2019. A month after her passing, I compiled this message listing remembrances and her stories. Sandra was a past […]

A Musical Trend in Crime Fiction Anthologies

by Paula Gail Benson Recently, I’ve noticed a number of short story anthologies organized around the songs of a particular artist, group, or time period. Here’s a list of a few that are published or pending and two story calls: Published Anthologies: Murder-a-Go-Go’s: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of the Go-Go’s, edited by Holly […]

A New Story for the New Year

by Paula Gail Benson I felt very privileged and humbled last year when I learned my “Cosway’s Confidence” had received second place in the Bethlehem Writers’ Group’s 2020 short story contest. I have a special fondness for this Group. Seven years ago, my first published story appeared online in the Bethlehem Writers’ Roundtable. That same […]

An Interview with Hank Phillippi Ryan

by Paula Gail Benson How do you possibly describe the multi-faceted Hank Phillippi Ryan? Intrepid, award-winning investigative reporter and winner of 37 Emmys? Creator of the Charlotte McNally Mysteries and Jane Ryland Thrillers? Author of short fiction, teacher of writing craft, recipient of 5 Agathas (the only author to win an Agatha in 4 different […]

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award

 by Paula Gail Benson My first published short story, “Nectar of the Gods,” appeared as the featured story in the February 2013 issue of the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. The Roundtable, formerly a monthly and now a quarterly online publication, is the labor of love of the Bethlehem Writers Group, organized in 2006 to provide critiques […]