Thursday, March 1, 2012

2012 Short Mystery Fiction Society Finalists

Voting opens today for the Derringer Awards. Below are the five stories selected by our judges as finalists in each category. Congratulations to each of the finalists for the excellent work published in 2011. I look forward to seeing more stories from all of you.

I do not envy our members the task of narrowing the stories to one winning entry in each category. In my opinion, these are all winners.

Finalists for Best Novelette:

Jeffrey Cohen, "The Gun Also Rises: an Aaron Tucker Mystery," Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2011

Toni L. P. Kelner, "In Brightest Day," Home Improvement: Undead Edition, August 2011

Doug Allyn, "A Penny for the Boatman," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2011

David Dean, "Tomorrow’s Dead," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 2011

Earl Staggs, "Where Billy Died," Untreed Reads, August 2011

Finalists for Best Long Story

Art Taylor, "A Drowning at Snow’s Cut," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May 2011

Trina Corey, "Facts Exhibiting Wantonness," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November 2011

Trey Dowell, "Ballistic," Untreed Reads, July 2011

Karen Pullen, "Brea’s Tale," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November 2011

William Burton McCormick, "Blue Amber," Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, June 2011

Finalists for Best Short Story:

Elizabeth Zelvin, "Death will Tank Your Fish," Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices, 2011

B.V. Lawson, "Touch of Death," Absent Willow Review Online Magazine, April 2011

Mary E. Stibal, "Sisters in Black," Best New England Crime Stories 2012: Dead Calm, November 2011.

Cathi Stoler, "Fatal Flaw." Beat to a Pulp Online, April 2011

Adam Renn Olenn, "Coronation," Best New England Crime Stories 2012: Dead Calm, November 2011.

Finalists for Best Flash Fiction Story:

Warren Bull, "Company Policy," Yellow Mama, August 2011

John Kenyon, "Countdown," Thrillers, Killers, and Chillers, April 2011

Al Leverone, "Lessons Learned," Shotgun Honey, July 2011

Melodie Campbell, "The Perfect Mark," Flash Fiction Online Magazine, July 2011

Kathleen Ryan, "Heat of Passion," A Twist of Noir, February 2011


Jeff Cohen said...

I'm very flattered and excited by the nomination. Thanks to those who listed The Gun Also Rises!

Clare2e said...

Congrats to all the nominees!

Art Taylor said...

Thanks so much to the judges for including me amongst this fine list of nominees!

Karen Pullen said...

This is thrilling! Thank you to the judges for including Brea's Tale! Congratulations to every one of you nominees; you are all winners.

Cathi Stoler said...

I'm so excited to be included in this awesome list of authors. Thanks to the judges for nominating Fatal Flaw. And, congratulations to all the nominees!

Trey Dowell said...

Thank you for the incredible honor--to be included with some of the wonderful authors on this list is mindboggling to me. And also, completely awesome. Good luck to everyone, and I look forward to reading all of the nominees!!

William Burton McCormick said...

I am absolutely thrilled and flattered to be a finalist. I want to thank the judges and the members of The Short Mystery Fiction Society for this honor. I've read a lot of fantastic stories in 2011. Great stuff. A toast to all the other finalists. Well done my friends!

Melodie Campbell said...

Wow - what a high! Just thrilled to pieces to be included.

Alison E. Bruce said...

Woo-hoo! I love the Perfect Mark. I'm so glad it has been so honoured.

Kenna said...

The Perfect Mark is a perfect piece of flash fiction. Congratulations, Melodie! Kenna

Donna Carrick said...

Yay for The Perfect Mark by Melodie Campbell!
Well done, Melodie.
Donna Carrick

Gerald So said...

Congratulations and good luck to the finalists. If any finalist would like a printable certificate of achievement, email me at g_so AT yahoo DOT com.