Saturday, May 29, 2021

Member Publication News: Bruce Harris

The first issue of Guilty Crime Story Magazine has been released.  It includes Bruce Harris's "Chasing 61."

Member Publication News: Debra H. Goldstein

Kensington Press has just published Four Cuts Too Many, the fourth Sarah Blair mystery by Debra H. Goldstein.


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Member Honors: Marcelle Dube


Congratulations to Marcelle Dubé, who won the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence for her short story "Cold Wave," which appeared in Crime Wave, an anthology produced by the Sisters in Crime - Canada West chapter.  You can watch her acceptance speech here.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Member Publication News: Leslie Budewitz

 Leslie Budewitz's thirteenth book is now out.  Carried to the Grave and Other Stories: A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery is a collection of short stories, most published for the first time.  More information about it here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Publication News: 4:20 Noir

Hoosier Noir has just released 4:20 Noir, stories about you-know-what.  Curtis Ippolito has "Jumping the Median," and J.B. Stevens authored  "On the Avoidance of Asset Forfeiture.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Publication News: Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem


"Passionate Crimes," the sixth issue of Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem has been released.  Among the stories are "Gacaca" by David H. Hendricksen, "Piano Girl," by Steve Liskow, and "A Quiet Neighborhood," by Annie Reed.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Member Honors: Bruce Robert Coffin


Bruce Robert Coffin's Within Plain Sight is a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.

Member Publication News: Barb Goffman


At SleuthSayers today Barb Goffman discusses how voice helps in the creation of believable characters, such as the ones in her story "James," in the new book Only The Good Die Young," 


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Member Honors: Anthony Nominations

 The nominations for the 2021 Anthony Awards were announced today and there were plenty of members of the SMFS among the story categories.

Best Short Story nominees included:

“Dear Emily Etiquette,” by Barb Goffman, EQMM (Dell Magazines)

“The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74,” by Art Taylor, AHMM (Jan-Feb) (Dell Magazines)

“Elysian Fields,” by Gabriel Valjan, California Schemin’ (Wildside Press)

“The Twenty-Five Year Engagement,” by James W. Ziskin, In League with Sherlock Holmes (Pegasus Crime)

Best Anthology or Collection nominees include:

Noiryorican, by Richie Narvaez (Down & Out Books)

The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell, edited by Josh Pachter (Untreed Reads Publishing)

California Schemin,‘ edited by Art Taylor (Wildside Press)

Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic, edited by Nick Kolakowski and Steve Weddle (Polis Books)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Member Publication News: David H. Hendrickson


Cave Creek released two anthologies today and both have short stories by David H. Hendrickson.  “Stepping into the Light” appears in Bitter Mountain Moonlight, and “The Run of her Life” in OpenEnded Threat.

Member Publication News: Pam Ebel

 Pam Ebel's poem “The Last Windmill” appears this week at the Five-Two Crime Poetry Blog. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021

SMFS Official Announcement: 2021 Derringer Award Winners


Since 1998, the Short Mystery Fiction Society has awarded the annual Derringers—named for  the popular pocket pistol—to outstanding published stories. The current awards recognize outstanding stories published during 2020. 

These are the official 2021 Derringer Award Winners:

FLASH (ranges up to 1,000 words)

Blackwell, C.W. “Memories of Fire.” Pulp Modern Flash. August 3, 2020.

Richardson, Travis. “War Words.” Punk Noir Magazine. December 3, 2020.

SHORT (ranges from 1,001 to 4,000 words) 
Jones, Eleanor Cawood. “The Great Bedbug Incident and the Invitation of Doom." Chesapeake Crimes: Invitation to Murder.    
Woodson, Stacy. “River.” The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell.

LONG (ranges from 4,001 to 8,000 words)

Chen, Sarah M. “Hotelin’.” Shotgun Honey: Volume #4: Recoil.

NOVELETTE (ranges from 8,001 to 20,000 words)

Taylor, Art. “The Boy Detective and the Summer of ’74.” Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. January/February 2020.

The Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement is annually awarded to an outstanding living writer of short mysteries, selected by a five-member panel. This year's recipient:

Brendan DuBois.
The full list of the finalists for this year can be found here. 
Due to the pandemic we can't predict yet whether there will be a Derringer ceremony at Bouchercon in New Orleans in August.  If not the winners will receive their medals through the mail. Congratulations to all!