Russell W. Johnson fiction writer
Russell W. Johnson
 fiction writer
Russell W. Johnson is a North Carolina attorney who got so sick of billable hours he began writing crime fiction. His debut story, "Chung Ling Soo's Greatest Trick," was published by ​​​ Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in January 2015 and went on to win the Edgar Award's Robert L. Fish Memorial prize for best short story by a new author.

Since then he has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the Claymore Award at the 2017 Killer Nashville conference.  Currently, Russell is working on a novel about a small town sheriff fighting crime (and her family) in the West Virginia coal fields. He is represented by Bob Mecoy of Creative Book Services. 
Mayberry Messiah -- Quarterfinalist
Russell's novel in progress, THE MAYBERRY MESSIAH has been named a quarterfinalist for Screencraft's Cinematic Book Competition.
Flash Fiction Story Published
"The Strong Arm of the Law," a flash fiction story staring Sheriff Mary Beth Cain, the protagonist of Russell's novel in progress, THE MAYBERRY MESSIAH, appears in Out of the Gutter Online's Flash Fiction Offensive  http://www.outofthegutteronline.com/2019/01/the-strong-arm-of-law.html
Pushcart Prize Nomination
"Hot Weather Hooch," Russell's short story published in the Bluegrass Writers Studio's journal  Jelly Bucket , has been nominated for the prestigous  Pushcart Prize , awarded annually to the best stories published  by small presses.
Finalist for Claymore Award
Russell's novel in progress, The Mayberry Messiah, was selected as a finalist for the Claymore Award . The finalists were honored at the 2017 Killer Nashville International Writers Conference in Nashville, TN. 
"Chung Ling Soo's Greatest Trick," featured in the January 2015 issue of ​​​​​ Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine , won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award  for the best short story by a new author. The award was presented at the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Awards in New York City on April 28, 2016. See Russell's acceptance speech . Listen to Russell read his story here
Winner of Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
Short Story Published in ​Jelly Bucket
Issue seven of ​ Jelly Bucket , the award winning literary journal by The Bluegrass Writers Studio, contains "Hot Weather Hooch," a story about a reporter in the 1970's who stumbles upon the scoop of a lifetime. The issue was published in July 2017. 
Short Story Published in ​Thuglit
"Her Brother's Keeper" can be found in Issue 20 (November 2015) of the excellent crime fiction magazine, ​​ Thuglit , available for purchase on  Amazon .
Flash Fiction Published in ​​Outta The Gutter Online
"Watch Yo Teef," a flash fiction story by Russell W. Johnson, was published in ​​ Out Of The Gutter Online , February 2016. Read the full story here
Short Story Published in ​​Universal Enigma Anthology
"The Tasmanian Solution," a story about a nurse battling a deadly disease and a deadlier government reaction appears in ​ Universal Enigma Anthology by Blueberry Lane Books . The May 2017 publication is available for purchase on Amazon .
Short Story Published in ​​​Deep South Magazine
A tale about a desparate father at the end of his rope, "​Frequent Flyers," was published in ​ Deep South Magazine , May 2016. Read the short story here .