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June 23, 2014

AJ Hayes Writing Contest at Noir @ the Bar L.A.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 3:20 pm

The essence and style of AJ Hayes was very evident last night as crime writers and readers hoisted toasts at the bar, read excerpts of his work, and celebrated the winners of the first annual crime writing contest named after him. It was an event within an event, hosted by Noir at the Bar L.A. and held at the Mandrake Bar in Los Angeles. First, the Hat…

To the side of the stage, a battered chair sat with a brown fedora on the seat. This was the designated place of honor for AJ's hat.

To the side of the stage, a battered chair sat with a brown fedora on the seat. This was the designated place of honor for AJ’s hat. Just a few seats away, in the front row, sat Thury Hayes, AJ’s beautiful wife, anxiously waiting to hear the names of the winners.

Thury & Nestle

Eric Beetner(L) announced the talented recipients of cash prizes made possible by the excellent promotion and publicity of Steve Weddle and the Do Some Damage crew.

Angel Luis 
1st Place: Angel Luis Colon SHOTGUN WEDDINGJen Conley

2nd Place: Ray Nessly THE BALLAD OF BILLY HAYES  (Ray is pictured above with Thury Hayes)

3rd Place: Jen Conley THE REPAIRMAN (right)


Winners will be featured on DO Some Damage and also Col Bury’s Thrillers, Killers & Chillers site. CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!

Richard Godwin sent a recording of a poem that was played out loud and Josh Stallings read some of AJ’s work to the audience:

AJ Josh


Josh 2

Below: Travis Richardson, Christa Faust, Eric Beetner (far right)

AJ Travis + Krista

Organizer Stephen Blackmore has an expressive moment with Christa Faust and friend.

AL Krista Stephen

Also reading were IVY POCHODA (L), CRAIG FAUSTUS BUCK (r),














TRAVIS RICHARDSON (shown above, seated) and SAMUEL GAILEY (L) The Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore staff ably crewed the book table.


Another terrific Noir @ the Bar organized by Eric Beetner and Stephen Blackmore. Thanks guys!






  1. Reblogged this on Angel Luis Colón and commented:
    Couldn’t be more proud about this. I unfortunately never got to know AJ Hayes in person, but I am honored.

    Comment by angellcolon — June 23, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

  2. Hi Angel, and congratulations on winning the competition. I’m sure I speak for lots of people when I say your story will be anxiously awaited. –Elaine

    Comment by ashedit — June 23, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

  3. looks like a great time.

    Comment by charlesgramlich — June 23, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

  4. Congrats, Angel. That’s very cool 🙂

    Comment by emilyslaney — June 24, 2014 @ 12:52 am

  5. so good to hear from you again!

    Comment by Margaret November — June 24, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

  6. Likewise Margaret!

    Comment by ashedit — June 24, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

  7. Reblogged this on Col Bury's New Crime Fiction and commented:
    A fitting tribute to the great, late Bill ‘AJ’ Hayes…

    Comment by Col Bury — June 28, 2014 @ 4:32 am

  8. Would love to have been there. Aj was a great man who helped a lot of people in the writing scene, from newcomers to established. Congratulations to the winners. RIP, Bill.

    Comment by TKnC — June 28, 2014 @ 4:39 am

  9. Reblogged this on THRILLS, KILLS 'n' CHAOS and commented:
    Updates on the Aj Hayes Writing Contest. It looked a great night…

    Comment by TKnC — June 28, 2014 @ 4:43 am

  10. Great to hear from you Col. Elaine

    Comment by Anonymous-9 (@_Anonymous_9) — June 29, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

  11. Congrats to the winners! Sounds like a fun event.

    Comment by Oscar Case — July 1, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

  12. Hi Oscar! Just like old times seeing you here. –Elaine

    Comment by Elaine Ash — July 1, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

  13. You are nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, Elaine.

    Comment by Oscar Case — July 19, 2014 @ 10:20 am

  14. Having seen the first photo on this post; from South Africa I take my hat off to you!

    Comment by capecurrents — August 3, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

  15. Hi I’m new to this blog. I am also moving to LA soon and would love to come check this event out, as it seems very interesting! I think it is great to celebrate all the writing that was celebrated at this event. Just wanted to say I have so far enjoyed this blog very much as well. Thanks so much for posting this!

    Comment by Derek Vasconi — October 3, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

  16. Hi Derek, nice to have you visit Ashedit. If you are moving to L.A. and interested in crime writing, check out Sisters in Crime (SoCal chapter) and the Mystery Writers of America. They both have free evenys from time to time. Also, find Noir at the Bar L.A. on Twitter and sign up for their alerts for the next event. You’ll meet everybody there.

    Comment by ashedit — October 4, 2014 @ 5:38 am

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