Here are a few exciting news items from Richard Helms!

Richard Helms receives TWO 2020 Derringer Award Nominations!


On April 1, 2020, the Short Mystery Fiction Society announced the nominees for the 2020 Derringer Awards for excellence in the creative art form of short mystery fiction.

Richard Helms received two nominations. The first, in the Long Story category, was for "See Humble and Die", which appeared in The Eyes of Texas, an anthology published by Down & Out Books, and edited by Michael Bracken. "See Humble and Die" was previously selected as well for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's 2020 Best American Mystery Stories, edited by Otto Penzler and C.J. Box.

His second nomination was in the Novelette category, for "The Cripplegate Apprehension", which appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, edited by Janet Hutchings.

This is the third time Richard Helms has received two Derringer Award nominations in the same year. He previously did it in 2008 and 2011. In 2008, he became one of only two authors (with John Floyd) ever to win the Derringer in two different categories.

The Derringer Award winners will be announced at the end of April, and awards will be presented at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Sacramento, California, in October.

Richard Helms story in Best American Mystery Stories 2020!

Richard Helms' "See Humble and Die", from The Eyes of Texas, edited by Michael Bracken (Down and Out Books, 2019) was one of twenty short stories selected by Editor C.J. Box and Series Editor Otto Penzler for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Houghton Mifflin's Best American Mystery Stories.


"See Humble and Die" features a new character, Huck Spence, a former Texas Ranger in his seventies who decides to hang out a private eye shingle to help stave off the boredom of retirement. Most of his business involves serving legal papers, until he tries to serve a bench warrant on a butcher in former oil boom town Humble, and stumbles on a clue that can solve a murder.

Richard Helms receives prestigious SEMWA Magnolia Award!

At the Killer Nashville Mystery Conference in Nashville, TN, in August 2017, the Southeast Regional Chapter of Mystery Writers of America presented Richard Helms with its prestigious Magnolia Award, recognizing Helms' contributions to the chapter. Between 2010 and 2012, Helms was the President of SEMWA, and a member of the National Board of Directors for MWA.


The Magnolia Award is presented each year to a SEMWA member for service to the chapter.


"This is a huge honor," Helms said during his acceptance speech. "But I couldn't have accomplished anything without the contributions of the entire SEMWA Board, and the wonderful members of the chapter. 

Richard Helms named Guest of Honor at Murder in Magic City!


Richard Helms and Nashville (TN) author J.T. Ellison have been named as Guests of Honor at the Murder in Magic City Conference, to be held in Birmingham, AL, on February 3-4, 2018. 

Murder in Magic City is a two-day conference. The first day takes place in Birmingham, and features panels and presentations by published authors. The second day, Murder on the Menu, is a charity event that takes place in nearby Wetumpka, AL, to benefit the local library.

J.T. Ellison is the author of twenty novels, and most recently has collaborated with fellow NY Times Bestselling Author Catherine Coulter. She is also the co-host of the EMMY® Award-winning television series, A Word on Words, which airs on Nashville Public Television.

"I'm honored to share Guest of Honor status at Murder in Magic CIty with J.T. Ellison," Richard Helms said. "She's a top-flight author, and I highly respect her work."


At the conference, Helms will distribute free copies of his award-winning short stories as a gift to attendees. 


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