Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Get More Involved in SMFS





  • Want to donate toward the Derringer medals presented each year at Bouchercon? Email our vice president.


PRESIDENT (Two-year term, limited to two consecutive terms) - The president most prominently represents the Society and genre to the public. S/he moderates the group's discussion and membership roll at Shortmystery and has editorial control of The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog, where the public goes for information about the group.

Each year, the president organizes the Golden Derringer committee, deciding who should receive the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement, and the Hall of Fame committee, deciding who should be inducted into the Short Mystery Fiction Hall of Fame.

The president holds no eligibility or authority over the regular Derringer process.

The president confers with the vice president regularly, so that, should the president be unavailable, the vice president can seamlessly continue day-to-day operations.

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VICE PRESIDENT (Two-year term, limited to two consecutive terms) - Along with the president, the vice president prominently represents the Society and genre to the public, moderates Shortmystery, has editorial control of the blog, and consults on any group business. The vice president assumes all of the president's duties when the president is unavailable (other business, vacation, etc.).

The vice president serves with the president on the Golden Derringer committee and the Hall of Fame committee, and like the president, holds no eligibility or authority over the regular Derringers.

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DERRINGER AWARDS COORDINATOR (One-year term) - Independent of the officers, the coordinator oversees the proper execution of regular Derringer procedure: collecting submissions (January 1–30), coordinating the judging (February 1–March 30), announcing the finalists (April 1), conducting the group vote (April 1–29), and announcing the winners (May 1).

The coordinator serves with the president and vice president on the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer selection committee and the Hall of Fame committee and, like them, has no personal Derringer eligibility.

Ineligibility rules extend to editors/publishers seeking the office of coordinator: Candidates for 2018 Derringer Awards Coordinator cannot have edited/published any stories in 2017 and have those remain eligible for the January–April 2018 Derringer cycle s/he would oversee.

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DERRINGER JUDGE (4 for each of the following categories, 16 total, serve one submission and judging period - January 1–March 30):

  • Flash (Up to 1,000 words)
  • Short Story (1,001–4,000 words)
  • Long Story (4,001–8,000 words)
  • Novelette (8,001–20,000 words)

Any member may judge by volunteering with the Derringer Awards Coordinator. Our author/editor members may judge categories that do not include stories they wrote/edited.

The deadline to volunteer is December 31. Submissions are distributed to all judges by February 1. Judges must score all stories in their category and report their scores to the coordinator by March 30.

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DERRINGER VOTER - Anyone who joins Shortmystery prior to the January 1 start of Derringer submissions may also join the Derringers Voting group April 1–29 to read the finalists and vote for the winners.

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Important Dates
  • Derringer Submissions Period (January 1–30)
  • Derringer Judging Period (February 1–March 30)
  • Derringer Voting Period (April 1–29)
  • Nomination of Officials (May 15–30): Members may nominate themselves or other members via post to Shortmystery for the following year's Awards Coordinator and the following two years' President and Vice President (if applicable). Nominees must be seconded to become candidates.
  • Campaign Statements (May 31–June 4: Candidates are allowed one campaign statement each to Shortmystery.
  • Election of Officials (June 5–15): SMFS members use Shortmystery's Polls section to elect the following year's Awards Coordinator and the following two years' Officers if applicable.
  • Transition (June 16–30): The outgoing officials coordinate with the newly elected to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Elected Officials' Term (July 1–June 30)
  • Membership Deadline for Derringer Eligibility (December 31)
  • Derringer Judge Volunteer Deadline (December 31)

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