Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Derringer Award Results

As posted to Shortmystery by Awards Coordinator Tony Rudzki, the 2015 Derringer Award results. Winners bolded.

For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words)

For Best Short Story (1,001–4,000 words)
  • Cathi Stoler, "The Kaluki King of Queens" (Murder New York Style: Family Matters, August 2014)
  • 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)

For Best Long Story (4,001–8,000 words)
  • Hilary Davidson, "A Hopeless Case" (All Due Respect #4, September 2014)
  • M.H. Callway, "The Ultimate Mystery" (World Enough and Crime, October 2014)
  • Angel Luis Colón, "Separation Anxiety" (All Due Respect #3, May 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)

The Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement


Winners can obtain certificates for Web display and printout and submit acceptance videos by emailing Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM).

Winners will also be presented with Derringer medals at Bouchercon 2015 opening ceremonies or by mail if they are not in attendance.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Guidelines for Flash and Bang: An SMFS Anthology

Shortmystery members who joined by September 24, 2014 may submit to Untreed Reads' upcoming SMFS anthology.

To read editor Jay Hartman's guidelines in MS Word .doc or plain .txt format, log into Shortmystery and click on the "Files" tab. The submission deadline is January 31, 2015.

Questions? Email JHARTMAN at UNTREEDREADS dot COM.

UPDATE (March 30, 2015): Jay received more than a hundred submissions by the January 31 deadline, but a move to Nevada delayed Untreed Reads' response time into this March. Jay's target date to be be caught up is April 15.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Level Best Books Seeks New Editorial Team

The current editors of New England-based Level Best Books, publisher of several Derringer-honored anthologies, have announced the 2016 volume (on sale November 2015) will be their last.

If you are interested in carrying on Level Best Books, email LEVELBESTBOOKS at YAHOO dot COM.

The SMFS at Bouchercon 2015 (Raleigh, NC, Oct. 8-11)

During Bouchercon 2015 opening ceremonies (Thursday, October 8, 7:00–9:00 P.M.), Art Taylor will present the 2015 Derringer Award winners with medals featuring the Short Mystery Fiction Society's logo, made possible by the Award Plans subgroup.

Art is an Award Plans member, editor of the Bouchercon 2015 short fiction anthology (Murder Under the Oaks), and a three-time previous Derringer winner.

UPDATE (March 31): Awards Coordinator Tony Rudzki has announced the 2015 winners.

Art Taylor
The Short Mystery Fiction Society has awarded the Derringers annually since 1998 to outstanding published stories and people who've greatly advanced or supported the genre.

Our Bouchercon presentations date back to 2009. If you are involved in planning a Bouchercon, particularly 2016 in New Orleans, feel free to contact our officers and help ensure the Derringer presentation is included.

Members' Publication News

The following members sent in publication news this month:
  • Michael Bracken, "Quarryville, Texas", The Private Eye Writers of America Presents: 50 Shades of Grey Fedora, ed. Robert J. Randisi (Riverdale Avenue Books, March 2015)
    • "Beneath Still Waters", And All Our Yesterdays, ed. Andrew MacRae (Darkhouse Books, March 2015)
  • John M. Floyd, "Dreamland", Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (May 2015)
    • "Catch Me If You Can", Woman's World (March 2, 2015)
  • B.V. Lawson, "With Sweet Lavender", Over My Dead Body! (March 2015)
  • Andrew MacRae ed. And All Our Yesterdays, featuring stories by Jack Bates, Debra Borchert, Michael Bracken, Lillian Csernica, K.B. Inglee, Kevin Lauderdale, R.T. Lawton, Michael Allan Mallory, Susan Cummins Miller, Joe L. Murr, Lorraine Norwood, Timothy O'Leary, Dennis Palumbo, Caryn Sutorus, Anne-Marie Sutton, and Albert Tucher (Darkhouse Books, March 2015)
  • Robert Mangeot, "Two Bad Hamiltons and a Hirsute Jackson", Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (May 2015)
  • William Burton McCormick, "On Record", The Saturday Evening Post (March 13, 2015)
  • Alan Orloff, Running from the Past (Kindle Press, March 2015)
    • Alan also contributed a recipe to the Mystery Writers of America Cookbook ed. Kate White (Quirk Books, March 2015)
  • Percy Spurlark Parker, "The St. Patrick's Day Murder", Over My Dead Body (March 2015)
  • Jacqueline Seewald, "Parts", Blight Digest (Winter 2015)
  • Serita Stevens and Jo Schaffer, Against Her Will (True North Publishing, March 2015)

Email news for next month's post to Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM).

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Subgroup to maintain Bouchercon Derringer presentations

Since their inception in 1998, the SMFS's annual Derringer Awards have been certified by personal email following the public announcement. Between 2009 and 2012, former VP Jim Doherty paid for materials and constructed gift plaques that he presented to Derringer winners at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, raising the SMFS's profile and short fiction's profile at the con.

At Bouchercon 2009 (Indianapolis, IN), L to R: Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer recipient Clark Howard, Best Flash Derringer winner Ruth McCarty, AHMM's Linda Landrigan, EQMM's Janet Hutchings, SMFS VP Jim Doherty (Photo courtesy of Ruth McCarty)

On January 19, 2015, the SMFS established the Award Plans subgroup to maintain our Bouchercon presence and create a gift in the tradition of Jim's plaques without mandatory cost to main group members.

For the new gift, the subgroup is considering medals featuring the SMFS logo. While Jim's plaques were his personal gift, the subgroup is taking a team approach to its gift with an eye toward greater sustainability. Winners unable to attend Bouchercon will receive their medals by mail.

In accordance with main group structure, the medals will be ordered by our public representatives, the Officers. The funds for the purchase will be fully reimbursed by voluntary donations that can be publicly acknowledged or remain anonymous.

President Jan Christensen ordered samples of a Golden Derringer medal and a regular Derringer medal from Hodges Badge Company (Portsmouth, RI) on February 18, and they arrived March 11. Jan photographed the samples for the subgroup and mailed them to member Melodie Campbell, simulating sending medals to Derringer winners unable to attend Bouchercon.

Jan will designate a time to donate toward the approved final gifts. Like Jim's plaques, the new gifts will not constitute Derringer Awards themselves. Reception of a Derringer itself remains certified by personal email following the March 31 public announcement.

Photo: M. Campbell
SMFS Award Plans member Art Taylor will present this year's gifts to the Derringer winners at Bouchercon 2015 opening ceremonies.

You are welcome to join the subgroup as discussion continues. If you are involved in planning a Bouchercon, you can help ensure our presentation is included.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2015 Derringer Finalists

As posted to Shortmystery by Awards Coordinator Tony Rudzki, the finalists for our 2015 Derringer Awards:

For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words)

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)

Finalists may obtain certificates for web display and printout by emailing Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM).

The group vote to determine the winners takes place March 1–30. Winners will be announced March 31.