I mention this because I got an email from LBB yesterday announcing the line up in their new collection:
The Selected Stories for Windward
We are very pleased to announce the selected stories for Windward: The Best New England Crime Stories 2016! We received a record 225 submissions for the anthology, which were read blindly by the editors. We are so pleased at the response we received for Windward and are very much looking forward to its publication this November, in time for The New England Crime Bake.
Windward will be available for purchase in paperback as well as electronically via online book retailers. Congratulations to the contributing authors and many thanks to those who submitted their work for consideration.
The Selected Stories Are:
“The Burren” by Christine Bagley
“Tainted Image” by V R Barkowski
“A Good Lard Crust is Hard to Find…” by Mara Buck
“Bagatelle” by P Jo Anne Burgh
“Grateful Touring” by Sarah Chen
“Tinkle Tinkle” by Frank Cook
“The Haunting at the Orleans Inn” by Daemon Crowe
“A Glutton for Punishment” by Sharon Daynard
“God of Money” by Stephen Doyle
“The Case of the Burqa-ed Busker” by Gerald Elias
“The Boston Post Cane” by Kathy Lynn Emerson
“Daybreak Dismay in Dallas” by Sanford Emerson
“Careful What You Wish For” by Kate Flora
“Three Sisters” by Kimberly Gray
“Murder at Midnight” by Janet Halpin
“Giving Voice” by Connie Johnson Hambley
“The Allagoosalum” by Jill Hand
“Yemaya’s Revenge” by Lisa Lieberman
“Family Business” by Cyndy Lively
“The List” by Ruth McCarty
“Mendicants in the Median” by Peter Murray
“The Ridge” by Rick Ollerman
“Cheap Medz” by Alan Orloff
“Fresh Start” by Anita Page
“Dead Weight” by Dale Phillips
“An Old Man’s Regret” by Verena Rose
“Seals” by Erica Ruppert
“The Mountain” by Harriette Sackler
“Snow Devils” by Brenda Seabrooke
“Look Away” by Shawn Reilly Simmons
“Clean Windows” by Gabriel Valjan
“Daddy” by Lilla Waltch
I read the list to see if included anyone I knew. Sure enough, I'd met five of the twenty writers. But then I realized, that means I did NOT know fifteen of them.
My next thought, because I am an avaricious beast was "I better buy this and read those stories to see if any of them look tasty."
What that means for you: submitting work for these kinds of open calls can be the avenue to securing the interest of an agent. I'm not the only agent who reads story anthologies with an eye for finding clients. Nat Sobel is famous for doing so (and I've read some of the books he found that way
Level Best has an upcoming open call
A lot of you are very fine writers (and I have the flash fiction contest results to prove it!) and getting your work out there is a really good idea.
You can thank me by killing me in your next novel!