2022 Derringer Awards

The Short Mystery Fiction Society unveiled the 2022 Derringer Award winners on May 1. 

FLASH FICTION

  • John M. Floyd. “Tourist Trap.” Pulp Modern Flash.

SHORT STORIES

  • Trey Dowell. “Yelena Tried to Kill Me.” Mystery Weekly Magazine. August 2021.

LONG STORIES

  • Michael Bracken. “The Downeaster Alexa.” Only the Good Die Young.

NOVELLETTES

  • Stacy Woodson. “Two Tamales, One Tokarev, and a Lifetime of Broken Promises.” Guns + Tacos: Season Three.

EDWARD D. HOCH MEMORIAL GOLDEN DERRINGER FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

  • S.J. Rozan 

HALL OF FAME

  • G.K. Chesterton

Crime Fiction Awards Headlines

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

DASHIELL HAMMETT AWARD

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

DERRINGER AWARDS

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

FLASH FICTION

  • 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.

SHORT STORIES

  • 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.

LONG STORIES

  • 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.

NOVELLETTES

  • 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.

2019 Derringer Awards

The Short Mystery Fiction Society announced the 2019 Derringer Awards on May 1.

For Best Flash Story (ranges up to 1,000 words)

  • “The Bicycle Thief” by James Blakey, The Norwegian American, Sept. 21, 2018

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

  • “Dying in Dokesville” by Alan Orloff, Malice Domestic 13: Mystery Most Geographical, Wildside Press, April 2018

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

  • “With My Eyes” by Leslie Budewitz, Suspense Magazine, January/February 2018

For Best Novelette (ranges from 8,001 to 20,000 words)

  • “The Cambodian Curse” by Gigi Pandian, Henery Press, October 2018

Also revealed was the organization’s lifetime achievement award:

The Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement

  • Doug Allyn

 [Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]