Derringer Award

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The Derringer Award was launched in 1998 and is the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s annual award honoring excellence in short mystery fiction of varying lengths. The awards were created in 1997 and named Derringer after the palm-sized pocket handgun, chosen as a metaphor for a short Mystery or Crime story. It honours outstanding published mystery and crime stories up to 20,000 words, as well as those people who have greatly advanced or supported the short story form.

Awards[edit]

Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Best Story 1000 words or fewer
  • Best Story 1001 to 4000 words
  • Best Story 4001 to 8000 words
  • Best Story 8001 to 20,000 words

In addition to the above awards, SFMS give a Lifetime Achievement award called the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement, named for legendary short crime fiction writer Edward D. Hoch, which honors short mystery fiction writers who have had significant careers.

The Derringer Award is awarded by members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society (SMFS) and from Publishers and Editors of mystery and crime fiction. The author does not have to be a member of the SMFS, however, submissions for award consideration will be accepted only from SMFS members and from Editors and Publishers who publish mystery and crime fiction. To be considered, submissions must be a mystery or crime story. The publication must have been one with an editor and an established procedure for submission, acceptance and rejection. The publication may be a print magazine, an electronic magazine (Ezine) or an anthology of mystery and/or crime stories in book form. The publication does not have to pay cash.

The author does not have to be a member of SMFS to be considered. The publication does not have to be one published in the USA. It must, however, have been published in the English language. Works previously published in any language other than English are eligible based on the date of their first publication in English.

Awards issued[edit]

2015 awards[edit]

Awards were given in four categories on March 31, 2015.[1] Medals will be presented at Bouchercon 2015 to those recipients in attendance.

Best Flash Story:

Best Short Story:

Best Long Story:

  • Hilary Davidson, "A Hopeless Case" (published in All Due Respect #4, September 2014)

Best Novelette:

  • Doug Allyn, "The Snow Angel" (published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, January 2014)

Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement:

2014 awards[edit]

Awards were given in four categories on April 1, 2014.[2]

Best Flash Story:

Best Short Story:

Best Long Story:

  • Ray Daniel, "Give Me a Dollar" (published in Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold, September 2013)

Best Novelette:

  • Melodie Campbell, "The Goddaughter's Revenge" (published in Orca Rapid Reads, October 2013)

Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement:

2013 awards[edit]

Awards were given in four categories on March 31, 2013:[3]

Best Flash Story:

Best Short Story:

Best Long Story (TIE):

  • Art Taylor, "When Duty Calls" (published in Chesapeake Crimes: This Job Is Murder, 2012)

Best Novelette:

Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement:

2012 awards[edit]

Awards were given in four categories on April 1, 2012:[4]

Best Flash Story:

Best Short Story:

Best Long Story (TIE):

Best Novelette:

Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement:

2011 awards[edit]

Awards were given in four categories on March 31, 2011:[5]

Best Flash Story (TIE):

Best Short Story:

Best Long Story (TIE):

Best Novelette:

Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement:

2010 awards[edit]

Awards were given in four categories on May 1, 2010:[6]

Best Flash Story:

Best Short Story:

Best Long Story:

Best Novelette:

Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement:

2009 awards[edit]

Awards were given in four categories on May 1, 2009.[7]

Best Flash Story:

  • Ruth McCarty, "No Flowers for Stacey" (published in Deadfall: Crime Stories by New England Writers)

Best Short Story:

Best Long Story:

Best Novelette:

Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for Lifetime Achievement:

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