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December 9, 2015
The Wolfe Pack
P.O. Box 230822
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

Stephannie Culbertson, Nero Award Chair, (NeroAwardChair@nerowolfe.org
Jane K. Cleland, Black Orchid Novella Award Chair (BlackOrchidAward@nerowolfe.org

2015 NERO AWARD & BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD WINNERS

The Nero Award is presented each year to an author for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. It is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City. The "Nero" is considered one of the premier awards granted to authors of crime fiction. This year, the winner is John Verdon's Peter Pan Must Die (The Crown Publishing Group, A Division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company).

The Black Orchid Novella Award
 is presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the novella format popularized by Rex Stout. This year's winner is Mark Thielman, for "A Meter of Murder."

About the Wolfe Pack|
The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 500 members worldwide. For further information, please see www.nerowolfe.org.


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December 7, 2014
The Wolfe Pack
P.O. Box 230822
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

Stephannie, Nero Award Chair (NeroAwardChair@nerowolfe.org)
Jane K. Cleland, Black Orchid Novella Award Chair (BlackOrchidAward@nerowolfe.org)

2014 NERO AWARD & BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD WINNERS

The Nero Award is presented each year to an author for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. It is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City. The "Nero" is considered one of the premier awards granted to authors of crime fiction. This year, the winner is David Morrell, for Murder as a Fine Art (The Permanent Press). 

The Black Orchid Novella Award is presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the Novella format popularized by Rex Stout. This year's winner is K.G. McAbee for “Dyed to Death.”

About the Wolfe Pack
The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 500 members worldwide.

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June 28, 2014
The Wolfe Pack
P.O. Box 230822
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

Stephannie, Nero Award Chair (NeroAwardChair@nerowolfe.org)
Jane K. Cleland, Black Orchid Novella Award Chair (BlackOrchidAward@nerowolfe.org)

2014 NERO AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The "Nero" is an annual award presented to an author for literary excellence in the mystery genre. The award is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City; this year the banquet will be on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

This year, the finalists are:
  • Ask Not, Max Allan Collins, Tor & Forge Books
  • Three Can Keep a Secret, Archer Mayor, St. Martins Press
  • Murder as a Fine Art, Charles Morrell, Little, Brown & Company
  • A Study in Revenge, Kieran Sheilds, Crown Publishing Group
  • A Question of Honor, Charles Todd, William Morrow/Harper Collins

This year's nominees join a procession of fine writers including Lee Child, Walter Mosley, and Linda Fairstein, all of whom have been honored with the prestigious "Nero."

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NINTH ANNUAL BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD CONTEST

The Wolfe Pack & Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (AHMM) proudly announce the Ninth Annual Black Orchid Novella Award Contest, to celebrate the novella format popularized by Rex Stout.

Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series, and:

  • Contains no overt sex or violence
  • Emphasizes the deductive skills of the sleuth
  • Does not include characters from the original series

First prize: $1,000 and publication in ALFRED HITCHCOCK MYSTERY MAGAZINE*

Contest Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and must be postmarked by May 31, 2015. The winner will be announced at The Wolfe Pack's Annual Black Orchid Banquet in New York City, Saturday, December 5, 2015. To enter, please read the official rules and procedures to submit your novella: http://www.nerowolfe.org/htm/literary_awards/black_orchid_award/Black_Orchid_award_proc.htm.

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 500 members worldwide.

To learn more, visit www.nerowolfe.org or send mail to Stephannie at NeroAwardChair@nerowolfe.org or Jane K. Cleland at BlackOrchidAward@nerowolfe.org.

*If no acceptable submissions are received, AHMM and The Wolfe Pack reserve the right to declare no winner in any given year.


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December 8, 2013
The Wolfe Pack (founded 1977)
P.O. Box 230822
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

2013 LITERARY AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS

NERO AWARD

BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD

The Nero Award is presented each year to an author for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. It is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City. The "Nero" is considered one of the premier awards granted to authors of crime fiction. This year, the winner is Chris Knopf for Dead Anyway (The Permanent Press).

The Black Orchid Novella Award is presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the Novella format popularized by Rex Stout. This year's winner is Susan Thibadeau for "The Discarded Spouse."

About the Wolfe Pack

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 500 members worldwide.


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June 15, 2013
The Wolfe Pack (founded 1977)
Stephannie,
Literary Awards Chair (NeroAwardChair@nerowolfe.org)
P.O. Box 230822
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

2013 NERO AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The "Nero" is an annual award presented to an author for literary excellence in the mystery genre. The award is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City.

This year, the finalists are:

  • Antiques Disposal, Barbara Allan
  • Truth of All Things, Kieran Shields
  • Burning Midnight, Loren D. Estleman
  • Dead Anyway, Chris Knopf

This year's nominees join a procession of fine writers including Lee Child, Walter Mosley, and Linda Fairstein, all of whom have been honored with the prestigious "Nero."

The Wolfe Pack, the literary society that celebrates all things Nero Wolfe, also presents the Black Orchid Novella Award (BONA) in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the Novella format popularized by Rex Stout. The BONA is also announced at the Black Orchid Banquet in December.

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 500 members worldwide.

To learn more, visit www.nerowolfe.org or send mail to Black Orchid Novella Award.


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December 2, 2012
The Wolfe Pack (founded 1977)
P.O. Box 230822
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

2012 LITERARY AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS

NERO AWARD

BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD

The Nero Award is presented each year to an author for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. It is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City. The "Nero" is considered one of the premier awards granted to authors of crime fiction.

This year, the winner is Dana Stabenow for Though Not Dead (Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group). Her award was presented by Jane K. Cleland, chair of the Wolfe Pack's literary awards.

The Black Orchid Novella Award is presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the Novella format popularized by Rex Stout. This year's winner is Robert Lopresti for "The Red Envelope."

About the Wolfe Pack

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 500 members worldwide.


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June 11, 2011
The Wolfe Pack (founded 1977)
P.O. Box 230822
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

2011 NERO AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The "Nero" is an annual award presented to an author for literary excellence in the mystery genre. The award is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City.

This year, the finalists are:

  • Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen -- Ballantine Books
  • The Book of Spies by Gayle Lynds -- St. Martin's Press
  • Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny -- Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group
  • The Midnight Show Murders by Al Roker & Dick Lochte -- Delacorte 
  • Think of a Number by John Verdon -- Crown

This year's nominees join a procession of fine writers including Lee Child, Walter Mosley, and Linda Fairstein, all of whom have been honored with the prestigious "Nero."

The Wolfe Pack, the literary society that celebrates all things Nero Wolfe, also presents the Black Orchid Novella Award (BONA) in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the Novella format popularized by Rex Stout. The BONA is also announced at the Black Orchid Banquet in December.

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 450 members worldwide.


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December 4, 2011
The Wolfe Pack (founded 1977)
P.O. Box 230822
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

2011 LITERARY AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS

NERO AWARD


BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD

The Nero Award is presented each year to an author for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. It is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City. The "Nero" is considered one of the premier awards granted to authors of crime fiction.

This year, the winner is Louise Penny for Bury Your Dead(Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group). Her award was presented by Jane K. Cleland, chair of the Wolfe Pack's literary awards.

The Black Orchid Novella Award is presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the Novella format popularized by Rex Stout. This year's winner is James Lincoln Warren for "Inner Fire."

About the Wolfe Pack

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 500 members worldwide.


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June 11, 2011
The Wolfe Pack (founded 1977)
P.O. Box 230822, Ansonia Station, New York, NY 10023

2011 NERO AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The "Nero" is an annual award presented to an author for literary excellence in the mystery genre. The award is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City.

This year, the finalists are:

  • Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen -- Ballantine Books
  • The Book of Spies by Gayle Lynds -- St. Martin's Press
  • Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny -- Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group
  • The Midnight Show Murders by Al Roker & Dick Lochte -- Delacorte
  • Think of a Number by John Verdon -- Crown

This year's nominees join a procession of fine writers including Lee Child, Walter Mosley, and Linda Fairstein, all of whom have been honored with the prestigious "Nero."

The Wolfe Pack, the literary society that celebrates all things Nero Wolfe, also presents the Black Orchid Novella Award (BONA) in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the Novella format popularized by Rex Stout. The BONA is also announced at the Black Orchid Banquet in December.

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 450 members worldwide.


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December 5, 2010
The Wolfe Pack
PO Box 230822
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

2010 LITERARY AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
NERO AWARD
BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD

The Nero Award is presented each year to an author for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. It is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City. The "Nero" is considered one of the premier awards granted to authors of crime fiction.

This year, the winner is Brad Parks for FACES OF THE GONE, Minotaur Books, an imprint of the St. Martin's Publishing Group. His award was presented by Jane K. Cleland, chair of the Wolfe Pack's literary awards.

Mr. Parks also won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel this year. While authors Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Walter Mosley and SJ Rozan, have all been honored with both the "Nero" and the "Shamus," Mr. Parks is the first person to ever with the Nero and the Shamus Award in the same year. Mr. Parks' next Carter Ross novel, EYES OF THE INNOCENT, will be available Feb. 1, 2011.

The Black Orchid Novella Award is presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the Novella format popularized by Rex Stout. This year's winner is Bradley Crowther for "Politics Make Dead Bedfellow." Brad Crowther's novel, THE NINTH MAN, will be published by Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc., in November, 2011.

About the Wolfe Pack

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has more than 500 members worldwide.


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June 13, 2009
The Wolfe Pack (founded 1977)
P.O. Box 230822
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023

2009 NERO AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The "Nero" is an annual award presented to an author for literary excellence in the mystery genre. The award is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City.

This year, the finalists are:

  • THE DARK TIDE Andrew Gross, Harper Collins
  • THE TENTH CASE Joseph Teller, MIRA
  • THE FAULT TREE Louise Ure, Minotaur Books

This year's nominees join a procession of fine writers including Tess Gerritsen, Lee Child, Walter Mosley, Linda Fairstein, former U.S. Senator, Fred Harris, Dennis Lehane, and Laurie B. King, all of whom have been honored with the prestigious "Nero." The first "Nero" was awarded in 1979 to author Lawrence Block for THE BURGLAR WHO LIKED TO QUOTE KIPLING.

Rex Stout (1886-1975) was the author of over seventy novels and stories featuring the brilliant, irascible, and corpulent private detective Nero Wolfe, a lover of food, beer, and orchids. Stout was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1959 and his Nero Wolfe stories continue to be popular throughout the world.

Founded in 1978, The Wolfe Pack celebrates all things Nero Wolfe. For example, the society publishes a semi-annual Gazette and sponsors a variety of activities with Wolfean themes including a regular book discussion group and tours of locations mentioned in the corpus. The group has been holding its annual Black Orchid Banquet for more than thirty years.


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The Wolfe Pack
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New York, NY 10023

December 6, 2008

2008 AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
NERO AWARD
BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD

The Nero Award is presented each year to an author for the best American Mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. It is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City.

This year, the winner is Jonathan Santlofer for ANATOMY OF FEAR, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. His award was presented by Jane K. Cleland, chair of the Wolfe Pack's literary awards. Mr. Santlofer's next book, THE MURDER NOTEBOOK, is now available.

Mr. Santlofer joins a procession of fine writers including Lawrence Block, Tess Gerritsen, Lee Child, Walter Mosley, Linda Fairstein, former U.S. Senator Fred Harris, and Dennis Lehane, all of whom have been honored with the prestigious "Nero."

The Black Orchid Novella Award is presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to celebrate the Novella format popularized by Rex Stout. This year's winner is Michael Nethercott for O'NELLIGAN'S GLORY.

About the Wolfe Pack

The Wolfe Pack, founded in 1977, is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and novellas written by Rex Stout. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to the study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin. The organization has 450 members worldwide.