Yes, we plan to resume in-person monthly meetings in September. RMMWA will host its first hybrid chapter meeting on September 9—in-person at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) at 290 Speer Blvd in Denver, and via Zoom at your place. Our guest speaker will be award-winning author, Fleur Bradley, who will present Kidlit 101.
To attend in person, please see the link below for payment.
To accommodate our Zoom attendees, we’ve rearranged our typical schedule. The meeting at CADA will start at 6:15 p.m. (MT) with drinks and networking, and dinner will be served at 6:30. Zoom attendees may sign on shortly before 7:00, which is when we’ll begin Introductions and Member News. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request access.
- 6:15 Networking and drinks
- 6:30 Dinner
- 7:00 Introductions and Member News—Zoom attendees may sign on shortly before
- 7:30 Mystery Minute
- 7:40 Program
by Fleur Bradley
Video from the latest
Writers who can boil down a mystery into a half-dozen words are invited to enter the annual Six-Word Mystery Contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA).
Six-word “whodunits” can be entered in one or all five of the following categories: Thriller, Cozy, Romance and Lust, Police Procedural, and Hard Boiled/ Noir. See more information about the categories here.
The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. There are no residency requirements. Entries must be received by midnight, October 8, 2020
The contest entry fee is $6 for one entry (just $1 per word!); or $10 to enter six-word mysteries in all five categories. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cold, hard cash. Winners in all other categories will receive $25 gift certificates, and all winners and finalists will be featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, on our RMMWA website, and in our popular newsletter, Deadlines.
The winners of the 2020 RMMWA 6-Word Mystery Contest have been revealed!
Entrants submitted brief tales in five different categories. Finalists were selected by an esteemed panel of judges, and winners by a vote of the RMMWA chapter membership.
Smooth talking lothario found tongue tied.
by Sue Hinkin
Read on for the finalists and winners in each category:
News and Notes
by Steve Pease
We are Fellow Travelers on a similar journey through the cultural wasteland. Others have been there before us; others are nearer to us. Experience is traded. Lessons learned are loaned. Successes are shared. We warn each other about the beasts, the pitfalls and the unfriendlies. Possible solutions are flagged, routes to better days.
Our Fellow Travelers are familiar because they are like us. Whether they are ahead or behind us on this mysterious trail, they are like us and we can open up, share, learn, navigate, plot and plan. And we will discover new possibilities we never knew existed. read more…
by ZJ Czupor
He’s a Complicated Man — No One Understands Him But his Woman — Shaft
Fifty years ago, on June 23, 1971, a New York City private eye debuted on the big screen at the Palms Theatre in Detroit. His name was “John Shaft,” a tough and cool Black detective. The film starred Richard Roundtree in his first movie role and gave Gordon Parks (1912-2006) his directorial debut.
Shaft (MGM, 1971) was an American crime action film about a Black private detective who is hired by a Harlem mobster to rescue his daughter from the Italian mobsters who kidnapped her. The film also explored themes like the Black Power Movement, race, masculinity, and sexuality.
Due to Shaft’s popularity, new opportunities were created for black filmmakers, actors, and technicians. The movie set off a movement known as “Blaxploitation” which dominated cinema for the next several years. read more…