“You’ve Written a Short Story. Now What?” Mystery Writers of America panel discussion

mystrey writers of America logoSunday, April 22, 1 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library
Open to the public. No registration required!

MWA Midwest Chapter Meeting: Submitting Shorts

J. Michael Major moderates this panel about what to do after you’ve written the short story. Writers and editors Tim Chapman, Cina Pelayo, and Richard Thomas will discuss finding markets, guidelines, and other tips to getting your fiction into print on the small scale.

There is no fee for attendance, and the library is co-sponsoring the event. Books by the participating authors are available for purchase after the event in the room.

Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of seven books—Disintegration and Breaker (Penguin Random House Alibi), Transubstantiate, Staring into the Abyss, Herniated Roots, Tribulations, and The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). He has had over 140 stories in print and is the editor of four anthologies: The New Black and Exigencies (Dark House Press), The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk. He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and Thriller awards. In his spare time he writes for Lit Reactor and is Editor-in-Chief at Gamut Magazine.

Cynthia (Cina) Pelayo is the author of Loteria, Santa Muerte, The Missing, Poems of My Night, and over 20 short stories and poems. A former Chicago journalist, her nonfiction has appeared in Extra Bilingual Newspaper, Time Out Chicago, Atlas Obscura, The Richest, and others. She is an International Latino Book Award and Elgin Award nominee. Cina holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she also serves as a graduate advisor. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association. Her writing deals with Latin American themes, the urban landscape, myth, folklore, the supernatural, and psychological trauma.

Tim Chapman is a former forensic scientist for the Chicago police department who currently teaches writing and tai chi chuan. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Northwestern University. His fiction has been published in The Southeast Review, the Chicago Reader, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Printers Row Journal, and the anthology, The Rich and the Dead. His first novel, Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold, (re-released as A Trace of Gold) was a finalist in Shelf Unbound’s 2013 Best Indie Book competition. His short stories have been collected under the title, Kiddieland and other misfortunes. His latest novel, The Blue Silence, was just released.

J. Michael Major, the moderator of the panel, is the current Vice President of the MWA Midwest Chapter. He is also a member of the Horror Writers Association. His crime novel One Man’s Castle won the 2014 Lovey Award for Best First Novel. His three dozen stories have been published in such anthologies as Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths, Vol. II, Spaltterlands, DeathGrip 3: It Came From the Cinema, and New Traditions in Terror, and such magazines as Mystery Weekly Magazine, Weirdbook, Hardboiled, Pirate Writings, Into the Darkness, and many more.

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