The Short Mystery Fiction Society was a bit slow about releasing its official announcement of the 2011 Derringer Award nominees for best crime-fiction shorts. The majority of contenders’ names were known on Tuesday. But today’s announcement from the SMFS does bring something new to the table: the previously unknown list of nominees in the Short Story (1,001-4,000 words) category.
Here, finally, are those candidates:
• “My Asshole Brother,” by Eric Beetner (A Twist of Noir, May 7, 2010)
• “Seventy-two Hours or Less,” by Michael J. Solender (A Twist of Noir, April 23, 2010)
• “Broken Down on the Bonneville Flats,” by Jack Bates (Beat to a Pulp, October 17, 2010)
• “Angel of Mercy,” by David Price (Beat to a Pulp, January 31, 2010)
• “Pewter Badge,” by Michael J. Solender (Yellow Mama, August 2010)
The winners in all categories will be announced on March 31.