Short stories aren’t about word count. Short stories are about making your words count!

Award-winning, short story writer, and editor Shawn Reilly Simmons talks about the basics of short story writing and making your story resonate.

Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of seven novels in the Red Carpet Catering Mystery series featuring Penelope Sutherland, chef-owner of a movie set catering company. She’s also written several short stories that have been published in various anthologies including “Burnt Orange” in Passport to Murder the 2017 Bouchercon Anthology; “The Prodigy” in Mystery Tour, the Crime Writers’ Association Anthology; and “Now is the Hour” in Writers Crushing Covid-19.


Shawn's story “The Last Word,” appearing in Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible, won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story in 2020. Shawn also won the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection for co-editing the same anthology.

Shawn serves on the Board of Malice Domestic and is co-owner/publisher and editor at Level Best Books. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and the Crime Writers’ Association in the U.K. She lives in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland, with her husband and son.

Who: Shawn Reilly Simmons
When: June 19, 2021
Time: 10:00 am PDT
Members: $10.00
Nonmembers: $15.00