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May with MWA Midwest!

I’m packed for Edgars Week in New York City! I can’t wait to spend time with my mystery colleagues from all over the country… particularly the other judges of the YA novel category with whom I spent a lot of time reading, debating, and ranking over one hundred books last year. If you’re also there at the week’s festivities, I hope you’ll stop me to say hello!

Many of our chapter members will also be on their way to Malice Domestic this week. If you’re one of them, be sure to stop by the Malice Domestic Happy Half Hour at 6pm on Saturday, April 28th at On the Rocks, Bethesda North Marriott, 5701 Marinelli Rd, Rockville, MD. Your membership gets you one free drink ticket from Lori Rader-Day and Mia P. Manansala before the Agatha Awards!

It’s a great week for mystery, but the fun continues all next month:

• Thursday, May 10th – 7 pm •

Join us in St. Louis for the 2018 Suspense Night, featuring two of our members: Nick Petrie and Lori Rader-Day!

• Friday, May 18th – 7 pm •

Facebook Virtual Potluck! If you’re not already a member of our Facebook page, search Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter and click “join.” Be sure to answer those three questions! The potluck event itself will take place on the event page at

• Saturday, May 19th – 2 pm •

The May MWA Midwest chapter meeting is a joint field trip with Sisters in Crime Chicagoland to The American Writers Museum.  Members only, with guest, drinks to follow at 4pm.  RSVP and pay in advance at this link.


• Prepare for Summer! •

Our Critique Program continues through July 15th, open to everyone! Guidelines for entering are here.

Printers Row Lit Fest 2018 returns to Chicago on June 9th & 10th. MWA Midwest will have a table for authors to sell and sign their books, a panel of mystery writers with new releases, and the return of our popular Flash Fiction contest on Saturday afternoon!  We’ll post with a schedule and more details at the beginning of May.

Do you enjoy the Summer Reading Programs at the local library that keeps kids turning pages over the hot summer months? We have our own version in the works… an MWA Midwest Summer WRITING Program to keep you creating the pages!

Be sure to check your email inboxes and this website for more information.

Midwest is Best!



2018-04-23T20:49:35+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Contests, Events, Public, Uncategorized|