Sunday, March 02, 2014

Long on Shorts

Thanks to Robert Lopresti at Little Big Crimes, we now have the nominees for the 2014 Derringer Awards, to be given out by the Short Mystery Fiction Society (SMFS). They are as follows:

Best Flash Story (Up to 1,000 words):
Final Statement,” by Robert Bailey (The Flash Fiction Offensive, July 18, 2013)
“Not My Day,” by Stephen Buehler (from Last Exit to Murder, edited by Darrell James, Linda O. Johnston, and Tammy Kaehler;
Down & Out Books)
The Needle and the Spoon,” by Allan Leverone (Shotgun Honey, November 15, 2013)
“Luck Is What You Make,” by Stephen D. Rogers (Crime Factory,
May 2013)
Terry Tenderloin and the Pig Thief,” by John Weagly (Shotgun Honey, June 21, 2013)

Best Short Story (1,001-4,000 words):
“Pretty Little Things,” by Chris F. Holm (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 2013)
“The Present,” by Robert Lopresti (The Strand Magazine, February-May 2013)
“The Sweetheart Scamster,” by Rosemary McCracken (from Thirteen: An Anthology of Crime Stories, edited by M.H. Callway, Donna Carrick, and Joan O’Callaghan; Carrick)
The Little Outlaw,” by Mike Miner (Plan B Magazine,
August 9, 2013)
“The Cemetery Man,” by Bill Pronzini (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 2013)

Best Long Story (4,001-8,000 words):
“Myrna,” by John Bubar (from Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, edited by Mark Ammons, Katherine Fast, Barbara Ross, and Leslie Wheeler; Level Best Books)
“Bloody Signorina,” by Joseph D’Agnese (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine [AHMM], September 2013)
“Give Me a Dollar,” by Ray Daniel (from Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold)
“Dance Man,” by Andrew Jetarski (from Last Exit to Murder)
“A Dangerous Life" by Adam Purple (from Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold)

Best Novelette (8,001-20,000 words):
“The Serpent Beneath the Flower,” by Jack Bates (Mind Wings Audio, April 2013)
“The Goddaughter’s Revenge,” by Melodie Campbell (Orca Rapid Reads, October 2013)
“For Love’s Sake,” by O’Neil De Noux (AHMM, July/August 2013)
“The Antiquary’s Wife,” by William Burton McCormick (AHMM,
March 2013)
“Last Night in Cannes,” by James L. Ross (AHMM, November 2013)

The winners are to be chosen by a vote of SMFS members, and will be announced on Monday, March 31.

Congratulations to all of the nominees.

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