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