Derringer Awards Announced, Congrats to Our Cathi Stoler!

SMFSLogo-10sq-300dpiEarlier this month, we congratulated all the wonderful writers who were nominated for the 2015 Derringer Awards for short fiction in 4 different categoies, including one author who we know rather well here at Women of Mystery.




Well, we now have the especial joy to announce that the winner for Best Short Story (1001-4000 words) is our very own talented WoM Cathi Stoler, author of “The Kaluki Kings of Queens!” This story, about a young man who learns more than a game from his elders over cards, appeared in the anthology Family Matters, edited by this blog’s own Anita Page, and was published by Glenmere Books in partnership with the New York/Tri-State Chapter of Sisters in Crime, the local organization where all of us who’ve ever posted here met. You see why it’s so special?! Besides Cathi, this year, the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s Derringer Awards honor the following—

Best Flash: Joseph D’Agnese, “How Lil’ Jimmie Beat the Big C” (Shotgun Honey, May 12, 2014)

Best Long Story: Hilary Davidson, “A Hopeless Case” (All Due Respect #4, September 2014)

Best Novelette: Doug Allyn, “The Snow Angel” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, January 2014)

The Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement: James Powell

A public presentation of the awards will be made at the 2015 Bouchercon Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina in October. Congratulations to all!

9 thoughts on “Derringer Awards Announced, Congrats to Our Cathi Stoler!

  1. You don’t often hear ‘charming’ and ‘crime story’ in the same sentence, but in the case of Cathi’s “Kaluki Kings of Queens” that happens to be the case. Also, if they ever give an award for the best title in all of crime fiction, this one has to win.

  2. Thanks, Clare for posting this. And thanks to all for your congratulations.
    Anita, I’ve been an advertising copywriter for ever and have named many products,
    so thinking of a catchy title was kind of like that but really more fun.

  3. I agree about the title . . . every time I speak or write it I wonder how on earth you came up with it. We’ll all be consulting you for titles from now on! This is a well-deserved honor and I’m so glad to see both you and the story recognized this way. (It’s pretty nifty for me and Glenmere Press, too!)

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