As posted to the SMFS list by Derringer Coordinator Dan Persinger, these are the finalists for 2017. Eligible SMFS members vote April 1-29, 2017. Winners will be announced on May 1, 2017.
For Best Flash (up to 1,000 words)
"Aftermath" by Craig Faustus Buck (Flash Bang Mysteries, Spring 2016)
"The Phone Call" by Herschel Cozine (Flash Bang Mysteries, Summer 2016)
"A Just Reward" by O'Neil De Noux (Flash Bang Mysteries, Winter 2016)
"The Orphan" by Billy Kring (Shotgun Honey, March 18, 2016)
"An Ill Wind" by R.T. Lawton (Flash Bang Mysteries, Spring 2016)
For Best Short Story (1,001 to 4,000 words)
"Beks and the Second Note" by Bruce Arthurs (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, December 2016)
The Way They Do It in Boston by Linda Barnes (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2016)
"YOLO" by Libby Cudmore (BEAT to a PULP, May 2016)
The Woman in the Briefcase by Joseph D'Agnese (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2016)
The Lighthouse by Hilde Vandermeeren trans. from Flemish by Josh Pachter (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2016)
For Best Long Story (4,001 to 8,000 words)
"Swan Song" by Hilary Davidson (Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns ed. Eric Beetner, Down & Out Books, April 2016)
"Effect on Men" by O'Neil De Noux, (The Strand Magazine, Issue XLVIII, Feb-May 2016)
"The Cumberland Package" by Robert Mangeot (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May 2016)
"Murder Under the Baobab" by Meg Opperman (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 2016)
"Breadcrumbs" by Victoria Weisfeld (Betty Fedora Issue Three: Kickass Women In Crime Fiction, September 2016)
For Best Novelette (8,000 to 20,000 words)
"Coup de Grace" by Doug Allyn (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2016)
"The Chemistry of Heroes" by Catherine Dilts (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May 2016)
"Inquiry and Assistance" by Terrie Farley Moran (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2016)
"The Educator" by Travis Richardson (44 Caliber Funk: Tales of Crime, Soul, and Payback ed. Gary Phillips and Robert J. Randisi, Moonstone, December 2016)
"The Last Blue Glass" by B.K. Stevens (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, April 2016)
Woot. Congrats Travis and everyone else on this list!!
If you want my pick, it's the best long short story, The Cumberland Package, by Robert Mangeot. Great story. Different.
I have started reading these so I can vote for my choice but they all aren't here. Where will I find the rest of the stories so I can give each a fair reading for my vote?
Only those anyone can read publicly online at other places are linked here. You certainly can't vote here through the blog. You can read them all at the Derringer voting group if you are an eligible SMFS member. Contact the Derringer Coordinator through the yahoo SMFS group list if you still have any questions.
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