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Chesapeake Crimes anthology of short stories

20 JUN 2018

I am thrilled that my short story, “RFP/RIP” was selected and will be published in the upcoming Chesapeake Crimes anthology of short stories, which is organized by the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC). The anthology, whose theme is Invitation to Murder, is the ninth short story anthology put out by Sisters in Crime Chesapeake Chapter, and will be published by Wildside Press. The stories selected were just announced:


  • “RFP/RIP” by Britt Alan
  • “The Dame and Thaddeus Birdwhistle” by Karen Cantwell
  • “The Mysterious Affair at the Escape Room” by Leone Ciporin
  • “Aumakua” by Maddi Davidson (Diane Davidson and Mary Ann Davidson)
  • “Good Morning, Green Leaf Class” by Sarah Hogroian
  • “The Great Bedbug Incident and the Invitation of Doom” by Eleanor Cawood Jones
  • “Guns and Yoga” by Maureen Klovers
  • “Make New Friends” by Jane Limprecht
  • “The Do-Gooder” by Adam Meyer
  • “Muggins” by Josh Pachter
  • “Secrets to the Grave” by KM Rockwood
  • “The Green Dress” by Joanna Campbell Slan
  • “The Killing Winds” by Mary Stojak
  • “All Tomorrow’s Parties” by Art Taylor
  • “True Colors” by Robin Templeton
  • “The Problem with Open-Ended Invitations” by Cathy Wiley
  • “Sunnyside” by Stacy Woodson

Fittingly, the entire story occurs in the war room (dedicated proposal development room) of a large technology development and systems integration firm outside the Washington, D.C. Beltway. I wrote this story while I was simultaneously running a proposal for a mid-size software development firm, having just rolled-off of a job running a large proposal at…a large technology development and systems integration firm outside the Washington, D.C. Beltway.


I can’t wait to share this story with you when its published in 2020. Until them, thank you to all my readers and to Sisters in Crime, Chesapeake Chapter, and especially the judges (G.M. Malliet, Greg Herren, and James L. Warren) and the editors (Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley) for their extraordinary hard work (both already done and looking between now and 2020) in putting this anthology together. Finally, congratulations to all my fellow authors that were selected for this anthology—I am humbled to be in your company with my first published short story and first short story in many, many decades!