Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

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Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine is a monthly fiction digest magazine specializing in crime fiction, particularly detective fiction. Created in 1941 by The Mercury Press, EQMM is named for the famous author Ellery Queen, who wrote numerous novels and short stories about a fictional detective named Ellery Queen.

In fact, Ellery Queen was the pseudonym of the team of Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee, who had been writing under the name since 1929. EQMM was created to provide a market for mystery fiction above the common run of pulp crime magazines of the day. Frederic Dannay himself served as its Editor-in-Chief (although still under the name of Ellery Queen) from its creation until his death in 1982, when Managing Editor Eleanor Sullivan succeeded to the post.

Because of its high editorial standards, EQMM was one of a relative handful of fiction magazines to survive the decline in short-fiction publication from the 1950s to the 1970s. It is now the longest-running mystery fiction magazine in existence. Throughout its history it has actively encouraged new writers, and today, when most major publications will only accept submissions through literary agents, EQMM still accepts submissions "over the transom" (that is, unsolicited submissions through the mail). The magazine's "Department of First Stories" has introduced literally hundreds of new writers, many of whom have gone on to be regular contributors.

In addition to new writers, EQMM regularly publishes short fiction from established mystery novelists such as Dick Francis, Michael Gilbert, Peter Lovesey, Ruth Rendell, Rex Stout, and Janwillem van de Wetering. It has also published both new and classic stories from authors not generally considered mystery writers, including such diverse names as A. A. Milne, Stephen King, W. Somerset Maugham, P. G. Wodehouse, Joyce Carol Oates, Theodore Sturgeon, and Phyllis Diller.

EQMM has always depended heavily on series characters and stories, such as the "Black Widowers" tales of Isaac Asimov, the "Rumpole of the Bailey" stories of John Mortimer, or the "Ganelon" stories of James Powell. Foremost among series authors is Edward D. Hoch, who has created at least a dozen independent series for EQMM since his first story appeared in 1962. Since the May 1973 issue he has had at least one original story in every issue of EQMM, a string that reached an unparalleled 31 years in May 2004; in that same period he also had about 50 stories in EQMM's sister publication, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

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