Sunday, January 24, 2010

Globe & Mail cancels print edition of Crime Fiction Review

The Globe & Mail has decided to stop including Margaret Cannon's wonderful Crime Fiction review column in its print edition. Instead they will only publish it online. We believe this will have a detrimental impact on the mystery fiction readership and in particular Canadian crime fiction, since Margaret is one of the few reviewers that does review Canadian works. We believe most people would only read Margaret's column as part of their Saturday perusal of the printed version of the newspaper and would not take that extra step of reading it online. Moreover many readers of mysteries are in their senior years and aren't necessarily nimble with computers and the internet.

If you are a fan of Margaret Cannon's column and don't see yourself taking that extra step, we're asking that you let the Globe & Mail know. You can show your support by joining the facebook group Don't Let the Globe & Mail Bury Canadian Crime Fiction and by sending e-mails to the editors, John Stackhouse, and Erika Lang, Hopefully if enough people let them know they want her column back in the print edition, they will pay attention.

Vertigo Theatre Forensic Friday

Vertigo Theatre's upcoming production: The Woman In Black

Forensic Friday is an engaging post-show discussion with Vertigo Theatre's Artistic Director Mark Bellamy. Accompanied by a member of the Calgary Police Service, the audience is taken through the forensic "truths" found in each production.
 Next Forensic Friday is February 12, 2010.

Ink does not have a block of seats booked but anyone wishing to book along with other Inksters can make their interest known in the comments section of this blog.

Debut Dagger Deadline fast approaching!

Go on, take a stab at it, send us the opening chapter(s) – up to 3000 words – and a short synopsis of your proposed crime novel, and you could be a published crime writer.

Debut Dagger Deadline is February 6th, 2010

AWCS Killer Thriller


Weekend Writing Intensives 
January 29-31, 2010
How to Write a Killer Thriller with Mike Harrison
This course covers the A to Z of writing a first-class mystery. All great stories take you on a journey and this course shows how to build yours to a shattering climax. It teaches character development from a unique perspective and shows how to keep your story entertaining. It also deals with the pitfalls of over-plotting and answers the writer's nagging questions about descriptive narrative: how much is enough and how much is too much. It's great fun, interactive and you'll learn more than you ever thought possible.

FreeFall 20th Anniversary Prose & Poetry Chapbook Contest

Get your work published here in Calgary

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

FYI - January Speaker's contact info

The speaker at our January meeting was Cpl. Lloyd Schoepp, in the Commercial Crime Section of the RCMP. He is attached to the International Anti-Corruption Unit. He said he would be willing to field questions from INK members. If you're working on a plot that includes an element of commercial crime--he's the expert you're looking for!

For obvious reasons we don't want to post his phone number or email address out in public. If Ink members want his contact information, email and we'll send it out to you.

New England Crime Bake Short Fiction Contest

The Al Blanchard Awards Committee of the New England Crime Bake is currently accepting submissions for the 2010 contest.

Your entry should be a crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting, previously unpublished (in print or electronically), no more than 5,000 words in length, and may include the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror (no torture or killing of children or animals.) We will accept two submissions per author, and are willing to look at a previous submission, provided we have only read it once before. For New England authors, it´s fine to submit the same story to both the contest and the current Level Best Books´ anthology.

The prize includes: a $100 cash award, publication in Level Best Books´ Crime Fiction anthology for 2010, admission to the Crime Bake contest, and a handsome plaque. The award is presented at the Crime Bake conference in November, but the winner is not required to attend the conference.

There is no entry free, and the deadline for submission is April 30, 2010. For details on how to submit, visit the crime bake website:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010



The winner to be announced and the prize to be presented at BRISTOL CRIME FEST 2010
At the Gala Dinner 22nd May 2010. Held at the Marriot Hotel, Bristol

Prize: £100
Winning entry to be published in the Mystery Women magazine
Conference ticket for CrimeFest 2011

Judges are :
Martin Edwards - author of the Harry Devlin and the Daniel Kind series
Ayo Onatade – CWA Dagger Judge.


1. Open only to unpublished writers.
2. Write a crime story on 1000 words - no more, no less, entitled

MYSTERY WOMAN or MYSTERY WOMEN. (Entries non-returnable)

1. £10 per story - Max 2 stories per person
2. Please give yourself a pseudonym, your name must not appear on your script. Please write your pseudonym on your script and in the right hand corner of your envelope.
3. Closing date 28 February 2010

See their website for complete details and the entry form

Sunday, January 17, 2010

MWIS January Announcements:


POSTCARD PERPS - FATAL FAMILY REUNION deadline is 10 pm February 11, 2010

Details are further down the blog.


Calgary Public Library's Writers' Weekend
February 6 and 7, 2010
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.
Central Library, 6161 Macleod Trail SE

Author readings, local publisher panel, Blue Pencil Cafe (where Eileen Coughlan will represent Ink), and representatives of local writers' organizations.

For a complete lineup of programs, see the CPL's blog at:

REMINDER: Ink still needs a second volunteer to help man the Ink table on Saturday from 12-1:30 p.m. Chat with potential members, encourage them to enter the draw for an Ink mug, and hand out our business card. See or email Jayne (Treasurer) if you can help out before the afternoon’s exciting programs.


Please note that the Myster-E Press newsletter is being suspended for this calendar year to make better use of valuable volunteer hours.

For current information on speakers, field trips and other opportunities related to writing crime fiction, we will be regularly updating the Ink blog.

If you have information on events or opportunities to share with your fellow Inksters, please email them to and they will be included in the blog at the next scheduled update.