Crime Fiction Awards Headlines

Another pair of crime fiction awards have announced their shortlists in the past few weeks.


The finalists for the 2021 Dashiell Hammett Award for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing have been named by the International Association of Crime Writers (North American Branch). The award is given to a book, originally published in the English language in the United States or Canada, “that best represents the conception of literary excellence in crime writing.”

The finalists are:

  • Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby, Flatiron Books
  • Stung by William Deverell, ECW Press
  • Five Decembers by James Kestrel, Hard Case Crime 
  • Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead, Doubleday
  • The Sacrifice of Lester Yates by Robin Yocum, Arcade Crime Wave


The 2022 Derringer Awards finalists were unveiled by The Short Mystery Fiction Society on April 1.


  • C.W. Blackwell.  “Smoke and Consequences.” Mystery Tribune.
  • Wil A. Emerson. “An Unexpected Reunion.” BOULD Awards 2021 Short Story Anthology Vol 1.
  • John M. Floyd. “Tourist Trap.” Pulp Modern Flash.
  • Scott Von Doviak. “Millicent.” Shotgun Honey.
  • Robert Weibezahl. “Why Are You Just Sitting There?” Yellow Mama.


  • Brandon Barrows. “The Right to Hang.” On the Premises. October 2021.
  • Tina Debellegarde. “Tokyo Stranger.” A Stranger Comes to Town.
  • Trey Dowell. “Yelena Tried to Kill Me.” Mystery Weekly Magazine. August 2021.
  • Kathleen Marple Kalb. “The Thanksgiving Ragamuffin.” Justice For All.
  • Gabriel Valjan. “Burnt Ends.” This Time for Sure.


  • K.L. Abrahamson. “Chicken Coops and Bread Pudding.” Moonlight and Misadventure.
  • Michael Bracken. “The Downeaster Alexa.” Only the Good Die Young.
  • Teel James Glenn. “A Study of Death.” Mystery Weekly Magazine. October 2021.
  • Annie Reed. “Missing Carolyn.” Fiction River: Dark & Deadly Passions.
  • Mark Troy. “Burnin Butt, Texas.” Black Cat Mystery Magazine. Issue 10.


  • Jim Benn. “Glass.” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. September/October 2021.
  • Michael Bracken. “Aloha Boys.” Hallmarks of the Job / Aloha Boys.
  • Barb Goffman. “A Tale of Two Sisters.” Murder on the Beach.
  • Annie Reed. “Little City Blues.” Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem: Long Ago.
  • Stacy Woodson. “Two Tamales, One Tokarev, and a Lifetime of Broken Promises.” Guns + Tacos: Season Three.

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One thought on “Crime Fiction Awards Headlines

  1. Congrats to Mike Bracken, who some of us oldsters may remember from his fanzine-pubbing days (“One of us! One of us!”) for his Derringer nominations nominations.

    I got reacquainted with Mike via Twitter, when he tweeted me his congratulations after I had my own Derringer nomination five years ago. More recently, in an editorial capacity, Mike bought two of my stories for BLACK CAT WEEKLY (“The Return of Dodge Tombstone, Outlaw” has already appeared, in BLACK CAT WEEKLY #28 last month) and a long novelette (about 16K words) for BLACK CAT MYSTERY MAGAZINE.

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