The 2015 Derringer Award Finalists have been announced!

SMFS-LeagueSpartan-150x147Since 1998, the Derringer Awards have recognized outstanding published short mystery fiction and people who’ve greatly advanced or supported the genre. They are awarded by The Short Mystery Fiction Society and winners will be announced on March 31st.

This is a special year, however, since one of my reviewers, the awesome Angel Luis Colón, is ON THIS LIST for his story “Separation Anxiety”! So do give him some well deserved congrats.

(Click on the story links to read online. Those that are part of anthologies for purchase can be seen in the gallery below the finalists)

For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words)

  • Joseph D’Agnese, “How Lil Jimmy Beat the Big C” (Shotgun Honey, May 12, 2014)
  • Rob Hart, “Foodies” (Shotgun Honey, May 2, 2014)
  • Jed Power, “Sweet Smells” (Shotgun Honey, July 28, 2014)
  • Eryk Pruitt, “Knockout” (Out of the Gutter Online, August 31, 2014)
  • Melissa Yuan-Innes, “Because” (Fiction River: Crime, March 2014)*

For Best Short Story (1,001–4,000 words)

  • B.V. Lawson, “The Least of These” (Plan B Magazine, June 6, 2014))
  • William Burton McCormick, “Killing Sam Clemens” (Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #13, July 2014)
  • Britni Patterson, “The Bad Son” (Carolina Crimes: 19 Tales of Lust, Love, and Longing, March 2014)
  • Mary E. Stibal, “A Friend in Brown” (Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave, November 2014)
  • Cathi Stoler, “The Kaluki King of Queens” (Murder New York Style: Family Matters, August 2014)

For Best Long Story (4,001–8,000 words)

  • M.H. Callway, “The Ultimate Mystery” (World Enough and Crime, October 2014)
  • Angel Luis Colón, “Separation Anxiety” (All Due Respect #3, May 2014)
  • Hilary Davidson, “A Hopeless Case” (All Due Respect #4, September 2014)
  • James T. Shannon, “The Missing Money” (Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave, November 2014)
  • Cathy Wiley, “Dead Men Tell No Tales” (Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays, October 2014)

For Best Novelette (8,001–20,000 words)

  • Doug Allyn, “The Snow Angel” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, January 2014)
  • Doug Allyn, “Hitler’s Dogs” (Fiction River: Crime, March 2014)
  • Vicki Delany, “Juba Good” (Orca Books Rapid Reads, April 2014)
  • Trey Dowell, “Infernal” (Untreed Reads, June 2014)
  • Richard Helms, “Busting Red Heads” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March/April 2014)
  • Kris Nelscott, “The Monster in Our Midst” (Fiction River: Crime, March 2014)

2 Comments:

  1. Please note that “Because” by Travis Richardson was not a finalist in the FLASH category.
    Tony Rudzki
    SMFS Derringer Coordinator

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