Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 Derringer Award Winners

The Short Mystery Fiction Society announces the recipients of its 2014 Derringer Awards as determined by a vote of the SMFS membership. Winners bolded:

For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words)
  • "Final Statement" by Robert Bailey (The Flash Fiction Offensive, July 18, 2013)
  • "Not My Day" by Stephen Buehler (Last Exit to Murder, Down & Out Books, June 2013)
  • "The Needle and the Spoon" by Allan Leverone (Shotgun Honey, November 15, 2013)
  • "Luck is What You Make" by Stephen D. Rogers (Crime Factory, May 2013)
  • "Terry Tenderloin and the Pig Thief" by John Weagly (Shotgun Honey, June 21, 2013)

For Best Short Story (1,001–4,000 words)
  • "Pretty Little Things" by Chris F. Holm (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2013)
  • "The Present" by Robert Lopresti (The Strand Magazine, February-May 2013)
  • "The Sweetheart Scamster" by Rosemary McCracken (Thirteen by the Mesdames of Mayhem, August 2013)
  • "The Little Outlaw" by Mike Miner (Plan B Magazine, August 9, 2013)
  • "The Cemetery Man" by Bill Pronzini (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2013)

For Best Long Story (4,001–8,000 words)
  • "Myrna!" by John Bubar (Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, Level Best Books, September 2013)
  • "Bloody Signorina" by Joseph D'Agnese (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September 2013)
  • "GIVE ME A DOLLAR" by Ray Daniel (Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, Level Best Books, September 2013)
  • "Dance Man" by Andrew Jetarski (Last Exit to Murder, Down & Out Books, June 2013)
  • "A Dangerous Life" by Adam Purple (Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, Level Best Books, September 2013)

For Best Novelette (8,001–20,000 words)
  • "The Serpent Beneath the Flower" by Jack Bates (Mind Wings Audio, April 2013)
  • "The Goddaughter's Revenge" by Melodie Campbell (Orca Rapid Reads, October 2013)
  • "For Love's Sake" by O'Neil De Noux (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2013)
  • "The Antiquary's Wife" by William Burton McCormick (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March 2013)
  • "Last Night in Cannes" by James L. Ross (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, November 2013)

EDWARD D. HOCH MEMORIAL GOLDEN DERRINGER FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
  • Ed Gorman

Recipients may obtain award certificates by emailing SMFS Vice President Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM). Recipients will be publicly recognized at the opening ceremonies of Bouchercon 2014, Thursday, November 13, in Long Beach, CA.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

SMFS Anthology Plans

Interested members are exploring how SMFS-themed anthologies might be published. If you would like to participate or just hear the plans as they develop, please join the dedicated SMFS Anthology Plans Yahoo! Group.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Members' Publication News

The following members sent in publication news this month:
  • Paula Gail Benson, "Confidence in the Family," Murder Times Ten 2013 (Buddhapuss Ink, December 2013)
  • Paula Gail Benson, "Ghost of a Chance," A Tall Ship, a Star and Plunder (Dark Oak Press and Media, January 2014)
  • Nancy Sweetland, "The Middleman", The Saturday Evening Post, March 7.

To send news for next month's post, email Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM).

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Derringer Presentation set for Bouchercon 2014


Bouchercon 2014 (Long Beach, CA) Chair Ingrid Willis has approved a short Derringers presentation as part of the opening ceremonies Thursday, November 13.

The winners will have been announced by March 31, and the next SMFS President and Vice President will have taken office July 1, but the Bouchercon presentation allows the winners recognition from the wider mystery/crime fiction community.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014

2014 Derringer Awards Voting

The 2014 Derringer Finalists have been announced.

Shortmystery members who joined by December 31, 2013 may subscribe to the 2014 Derringers Voting group, where reading of the finalists and voting runs March 1–30.

From the voting group's homepage, click on "Files" to read the finalists in each category, or on "More" to bring up "Polls":


To vote in each category, click on the circle to the left of the finalist you believe should win the Derringer. This fills the circle with a white checkmark against a green background and increases the vote count by one:


If you want to change your vote before polling ends, return to the poll page and click on the circle to the left of your new choice. The white checkmark and green background will move accordingly.

When the polls close, the breakdown of votes is shown, your choice highlighted green:


The results will be visible March 31 but will not be official until Awards Coordinator Tony Rudzki announces them on Shortmystery.

If you remain a member of both Shortmystery and the Derringers Voting group, there is no need to re-subscribe to vote each year.

2014 Derringer Finalists

The Short Mystery Fiction Society announces the finalists for its 2014 Derringer Awards as determined by SMFS member volunteer judges:

For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words)
  • "Final Statement" by Robert Bailey (The Flash Fiction Offensive, July 18, 2013)
  • "Not My Day" by Stephen Buehler (Last Exit to Murder, Down & Out Books, June 2013)
  • "The Needle and the Spoon" by Allan Leverone (Shotgun Honey, November 15, 2013)
  • "Luck is What You Make" by Stephen D. Rogers (Crime Factory, May 2013)
  • "Terry Tenderloin and the Pig Thief" by John Weagly (Shotgun Honey, June 21, 2013)

For Best Short Story (1,001–4,000 words)
  • "Pretty Little Things" by Chris F. Holm (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2013)
  • "The Present" by Robert Lopresti (The Strand Magazine, February-May 2013)
  • "The Sweetheart Scamster" by Rosemary McCracken (Thirteen by the Mesdames of Mayhem, August 2013)
  • "The Little Outlaw" by Mike Miner (Plan B Magazine, August 9, 2013)
  • "The Cemetery Man" by Bill Pronzini (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2013)

For Best Long Story (4,001–8,000 words)
  • "Myrna!" by John Bubar (Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, Level Best Books, September 2013)
  • "Bloody Signorina" by Joseph D'Agnese (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September 2013)
  • "GIVE ME A DOLLAR" by Ray Daniel (Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, Level Best Books, September 2013)
  • "Dance Man" by Andrew Jetarski (Last Exit to Murder, Down & Out Books, June 2013)
  • "A Dangerous Life" by Adam Purple (Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, Level Best Books, September 2013)

For Best Novelette (8,001–20,000 words)
  • "The Serpent Beneath the Flower" by Jack Bates (Mind Wings Audio, April 2013)
  • "The Goddaughter's Revenge" by Melodie Campbell (Orca Rapid Reads, October 2013)
  • "For Love's Sake" by O'Neil De Noux (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2013)
  • "The Antiquary's Wife" by William Burton McCormick (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March 2013)
  • "Last Night in Cannes" by James L. Ross (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, November 2013)

Finalists may obtain certificates of achievement by emailing SMFS Vice President Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM).

SMFS members who joined by December 31, 2013 vote to determine the winner in each category March 1–30, 2014. The winners will be announced Monday, March 31, 2014.