Friday, May 04, 2007

2007 Derringer Award Nominees

Alas, I realized today that it's been 10 days since I last posted here. I've had several topics in mind to write about, but have been tied up taking care of matters in Daily Life. Rather than let my blog go empty another day, I'm posting an entry, which I started several weeks ago and hadn't quite finished. (I can't remember now what else I planned to add, so I hedged by adding a final sentence or two.)

Some of my writing friends bemoan the fact that short fiction has lost so much popularity and is hard to sell nowadays
. Fortunately, there still is a market for short fiction in the mystery genre. Below is the list of nominees for the 2007 Derringer Award, presented by the Short Mystery Fiction Society:


(For Stories Published in 2006)


"Matched Set" by Jan Christensen (Winter 2006, Long Story Short)

"Vigilante" by Barry Ergang (Summer 2006, Mysterical-E)

"Snowflake Therapy" by Michelle Mach (June 2006, Thereby Hangs a Tale)

"Flight School" by Jill Maser (August 28, 2006, Flashshots)

"Home Entertainment" by Sandra Seamans (July/August 2006, A Cruel World)


"Even Steven" by Gail Farrelly (Winter 2006,Mouth Full of Bullets)

"Four For Dinner" by John M. Floyd (Seven by Seven)

"Interview" by Justin Gustainis (October 2006, Cape Fear Crime Festival)

"Elena Speaks of the City, Under Siege" by Steven Torres (September/October 2006, Crimespree Magazine)

"The Worst Door" by Frank Zafiro (January 2006, Dispatch)


"Eden's Bodyguard" by David Bareford (September 2006, Thuglit)

"Shadow People" by Rex Burns (June 2006,Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)

"Cranked" by Bill Crider (Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir)

"Uncle Blinky's Corner of the World" by Robert S. Levinson (March/April 2006, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

"Shanks on the Prowl" by Robert Lopresti (May 2006, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)


"Signature in Blood" by Annette Dashofy (Winter 2006, Mysterical-E)

"Strictly Business" by Julie Hyzy (These Guns for Hire)

"Daphne MacAndrews and the Smack-Head Junkies" by Stuart MacBride (Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir)

"See Also Murder" by Larry Sweazy (December 11, 2006, Amazon Shorts)

"The Valley of Angustias" by Steven Torres (October 2006, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)

The SMFS website does not indicate when the winners for 2007 will be announced. The website also lists past winners, beginning from the first year of the contest in 1998.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

It is good to see these awards, and to see that they come from a variety of markets. Good to know that people are paying attention.