2020 Derringer Award

The Short Mystery Fiction Society unveiled the 2020 Derringer Awards winners on May 1. The winners were determined by vote of the SMFS membership.

Best Flash Story (up to 1,000 words)

 “The Two-Body Problem,” by Josh Pachter

Best Short Story (1,001 to 4,000 words)

 “On the Road with Mary Jo,” by John Floyd

Best Long Story (4,001 to 8,000 words)

 “Lucy’s Tree,” by Sandra Murphy

Best Novelette (8,001 to 20,000 words)

 “Her Sister’s Secrets,” by Brendan DuBois

The Society also announced the recipient of its lifetime achievement award.

The Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement

Awarded to an outstanding living writer of short mysteries

  • Josh Pachter

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