CRIME /krim/ noun- 1.) An action or omission that is punishable by law; 2.) An action or activity which, though not illegal, is considered to be shameful, evil, or wrong. 

SYNDICATE /sindikit/ nounA group of individuals or organizations combined to promote some common interest.

At Crime Syndicate Magazine, we love hard-hitting crime fiction. We love stories about violence, greed, lust, debauchery, and any combination of those things. Our goal is to find and publish the finest in short crime fiction from leading voices as well as emerging voices. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make us angry (but only at your own risk). Each new issue of Crime Syndicate features a Guest Editor who helps us to select the final stories to run in the issue alongside a story of their own. Our goal is to spread and share the love of short crime fiction. Join us, or perish.

Crime Syndicate Magazine was founded by crime fiction author Michael Pool (who serves as Editor-In-Chief) in late 2015 in an effort to provide more paying publishing markets for crime fiction short stories. It is published and distributed as a labor of love.


Michael Pool is crime fiction author and editor born behind the Pine Curtain of East Texas, educated on Colorado’s Western Slope, and initiated in various careers including private investigator, jiu-jitsu instructor, bellhop, marketing copywriter, and other more nefarious activities which will remain unnamed. His books include the crime noir novella Debt Crusher, a collection of short stories, New Alleys for Nothing Men, and his first full-length novel, Texas Two Step, which will be released on April 2, 2018 from Down and Out Books. A follow-up companion novel, Rose City, will be published by Down and Out Books in April of 2019.   Find him online at www.michaelpool.net.