This past weekend was the annual Black Orchid Weekend, a fan event celebrating author Rex Stout's celebrated mystery solvers, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Three awards were handed out: The 2007 Nero Wolfe Award (for the "best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories"), to Julia Spencer Fleming, for the novel All Mortal Flesh; The 2007 Archie Goodwin Award (for lifetime achievement), to Dorothy L. Sayers, creator of Lord Peter Whimsey; and The 2007 Black Orchid Novella Award, to John Gregory Betancourt for his novella "Horse Pit."
The Black Orchid Novella Award is especially worth noting, because it is a brand-new award presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to "celebrate the Novella format popularized by Rex Stout." This year's winning entry will be published in the July/August Issue.
Deadline for entries for The 2008 Back Orchid Novella Award is May 31, 2008. Details available from The Wolfe Pack here.