The Short Mystery Fiction Society has posted its 2015 Derringer Award nominations, and Women of Mystery’s own Cathi Stoler has been shortlisted in the category of Best Short Story!
For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words)
- Joseph D’Agnese, “How Lil’ Jimmie Beat the Big C” (Shotgun Honey, May 12, 2014)
- Rob Hart, “Foodies” (Shotgun Honey, May 2, 2014)
- Jed Power, “Sweet Smells” (Shotgun Honey, July 28, 2014)
- Eryk Pruitt, “Knockout” (Out of the Gutter Online, August 31, 2014)
- Melissa Yi, “Because” (Fiction River: Crime, March 2014)
For Best Short Story (1,001–4,000 words)
- B.V. Lawson, “The Least of These” (Plan B Magazine, June 6, 2014)
- William Burton McCormick, “Killing Sam Clemens” (Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #13, July 2014)
- Britni Patterson, “The Bad Son” (Carolina Crimes: 19 Tales of Lust, Love, and Longing, March 2014)
- Mary E. Stibal, “A Friend in Brown” (Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave, November 2014)
- Cathi Stoler, “The Kaluki King of Queens” (Murder New York Style: Family Matters, August 2014)
For Best Long Story (4,001–8,000 words)
- M.H. Callway, “The Ultimate Mystery” (World Enough and Crime, October 2014)
- Angel Luis Colón, “Separation Anxiety” (All Due Respect #3, May 2014)
- Hilary Davidson, “A Hopeless Case” (All Due Respect #4, September 2014)
- James T. Shannon, “The Missing Money” (Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave, November 2014)
- Cathy Wiley, “Dead Men Tell No Tales” (Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays, October 2014)
For Best Novelette (8,001–20,000 words)
- Doug Allyn, “The Snow Angel” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, January 2014)
- Doug Allyn, “Hitler’s Dogs” (Fiction River: Crime, March 2014)
- Vicki Delany, “Juba Good” (Orca Books Rapid Reads, April 2014)
- Trey Dowell, “Infernal” (Untreed Reads, June 2014)
- Richard Helms, “Busting Red Heads” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March/April 2014)
Participating members of SMFS nominate the stories, then a panel of judges whittles it down to the shortlist, then turn it over to members again, who’ll vote by month’s end to decide the winners. This year, as always, there’s a fantastic assortment of authors and stories. It’s an honor to be among them, one which we happen to think, immodestly perhaps, Cathi richly deserves. We’d also like to offer our kudos to WoM Anita Page, who–most excellently, obviously–edited the anthology where Cathi’s story appears.
The group vote to determine the winners takes place March 1–30th. Winners will be announced March 31st.
Congratulations to all the Derringer nominees!