Crime Fiction Awards – No Fooling


Congratulations to Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Michael Bracken who are among the 2024 Derringer Awards finalists unveiled by The Short Mystery Fiction Society on April 1.


  • SLEEP ROUGH by Brandon Barrows (Shotgun Honey, September 19, 2023)
  • THE REFEREE by C. W. Blackwell (Shotgun Honey, October 12, 2023)
  • TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN by Serena Jayne (Shotgun Honey, January 9, 2023)
  • TEDDY’S FAVORITE THING by Paul Ryan O’Connor (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Sept/Oct 2023)
  • SUPPLY CHAINS by Andrew Welsh-Huggins (Black Cat Weekly #89)


  • DENIM MINING by Michael Bracken (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, May/June 2023)
  • DOGS OF WAR by Michael Bracken & Stacy Woodson (Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir Volume Four, Down & Out Books)
  • LAST DAY AT THE JACKRABBIT by John Floyd (The Strand, May 2023)
  • I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS by Josh Pachter (Mystery Magazine, July 2023)
  • JUDGE NOT by Twist Phelan (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, May/June 2023)
  • A TAIL OF JUSTICE by Shannon Taft (Black Cat Weekly #114)


  • HARD RAIN ON BEACH STREET by C. W. Blackwell (Killin’ Time in San Diego, Down & Out Books)
  • REVERSION by Marcelle Dubé (Mystery Magazine, April 2023)
  • BACK TO HELL HOUSE by Nick Kolakowski (Vautrin, Fall 2023)
  • TROUBLED WATER by donalee Moulton (Black Cat Weekly #75)
  • IT’S NOT EVEN PAST by Anna Scotti (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Sept/Oct 2023)
  • GOOD DEED FOR THE DAY by Bonnar Spring (Wolfsbane: Best New England Crime Stories, Crime Spell Books)
  • IGNATIUS RUM-AND-COLA by Andrew Welsh-Huggins (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2023)


  • VENGEANCE WEAPON by James R. Benn (The Refusal Camp: Stories by James R. Benn, Soho Press)
  • MRS. HYDE by David Dean (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March/April 2023)
  • THE CASE OF THE BOGUS CINDERELLAS by Jacqueline Freimor (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, July/Aug 2023)
  • MADAM TOMAHAWK by Nick Kolakowski (A Grifter’s Song, Down & Out Books, 2023)
  • CATHERINE THE GREAT by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (WMG 2023 Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories)


High contrast image of a bloody crime scene with knife and evidence markers on the floor

A sinister story involving a Scottish recipe for ‘stovies’ and a grisly tale about the strange sheep of Greshornish have been chosen as the winning and runner-up stories in The Glencairn Glass crime short story competition this year.

Over 140 stories were entered into the 2023/24 competition and the winner and runner-up were selected by a panel of three judges including Callum McSorley, a Glasgow based writer whose debut novel Squeaky Clean won this year’s Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year. He was joined by Kate Foster; the Edinburgh based national newspaper journalist and author, whose debut novel The Maiden won this year’s Bloody Scotland’s Debut Prize. The third judge was Glencairn Crystal’s marketing director and experienced crime writer Gordon Brown.


  • “A Recipe For Stovies” by Philip Wilson


  • “The Strange Sheep of Greshornish” by Elisabeth Ingram Wallace

The first prize of £1,000 goes to Philip Wilson and runner up Elisabeth Ingram Wallace receives £500. Both writers also receive a set of six bespoke engraved Glencairn Glasses. The winning story will be published in the May issue of Scottish Field Magazine (on shelf from 5th April) and the runner up story will then be published on Scottish Field Magazine’s website; Both stories will also be available to read on the Glencairn Glass website:

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