The annual Derringer Award for excellence in the field of short stories was created in 1997 by the Short Mystery Fiction Society. The name “Derringer,” after the palm-sized handgun, was chosen as a metaphor for a crime short story–small, but dangerous. The Derringer was created to fill a void in the arena of American mystery awards, which tend to concentrate on novels. Any story published (in print or online) in a given calendar year is eligible for a Derringer.
The 1999 Derringer Awards will be announced June 1st.
Best Short Story Nominees
- “The Bread of Affliction” by Michael Kahn – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, September/October 99
- “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Chris Huntington – Blue Murder Magazine #9
- “Taking Care of Frank” by Antony Mann – Crimewave #2
- “The Way to a Man’s Heart” by Elizabeth Dearl – MysteryNet Twist, February 10, 1999
- “One More Kill” by Matt Hughes – Blue Murder, December 99
Best Novella Nominees
- “Annie’s Dream” by Bentley Dadmun – Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 1999
- “Death in the Dales” by C. M. Chan – Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January 1999
- “Saint Bobby” by Doug Allyn – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, April 1999
Best Short Shorts Nominees
- “Absent-Minded” by L. C. Mohr – FUTURES, June/July 1999
- “When in Rome” by Dorothy Francis – Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine, December/January 2000 issue
- “Blind Justice” by Lynda Douglas – Novel Advice, August 15, 1999
- “Just a Man on the Sidewalk” by Carol Kilgore – MysteryNet Flash, March 12-18, 1999
- “The Armored Car” by Tim Myers – MysteryNet Twist, August 4, 1999
Best First Short Mystery Story
- “Death in Full Bloom” by Ray Wonderly – FUTURES, August 1999
Special Award Winners
- The Golden Derringer for Lifetime Achievement in Short Mystery Fiction goes to Henry Slesar for his extensive and outstanding body of short mystery fiction.
- The Derringer Award for Reader Support is shared this year by two people who have each made outstanding contributions in aid of the short mystery fiction reader.
- Robert Foster, the long-time editor of The Short Order, the online newsletter serving the Short Mystery Fiction Society
- Jiro Kimura, the Short Mystery Fiction Society Historian, and Producer/Author of The Gumshoe Site