Several SMFS list members have stories in or are recognized in The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 edition. Edited by C. J. Box and Otto Penzler, the read is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is available in audio, eBook, and print formats from the publisher, Amazon, and other vendors. The SMFS list members in the book or recognized in it are:
John Floyd with ““Rhonda and Clyde” Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue #5.
Rick Helms with “See Humber and Die.” Originally published in The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods, edited by Michael Bracken of the SMFS.
Other Distinguished Stories of 2019
Michael Bracken with "The Town Where Money Grew on Trees." Published online by TOUGH on 11/5/2019. Editor Rusty Barnes.
Jim Doherty with "Twelve Good Men and True," Black Mask 2019 Yearbook (Vol 37, No. 3).
Paul J. Garth with “Paper Boats” in The Desperate and the Damned: A Toe Six Anthology. Co-edited by Sandra Ruttan of the SMFS.
Joseph S. Walker "Bonus Round" from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine: May/June 2019 AHMM.
A collection of the year’s best mystery short fiction selected by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award–winning author C. J. Box.
C. J. Box , #1 New York Times best-selling author of the hugely popular Joe Pickett series, selects the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year in this annual “treat for crime-fiction fans” (Library Journal).