Wednesday, May 10, 2006

2006 Derringer Awards

For Immediate Release


The Short Mystery Fiction Society recently presented its annual Derringer Awards for excellence in Short Mystery Fiction. The 2006 awards were presented to stories first published in English in 2005. The award recipients are:

Best Flash Story: “Secondhand Shoe” by Patricia Harrington (A Flasher’s Dozen)

Best Short-Short Story: “Zipped” by Stephen D. Rogers (Windchill: Crime Stories by New England Writers, Level Best Books)

Best Mid-Length Short Story: Iain Rowan for “One Step Closer”(Hardluck Stories)

Best Longer Short Story: “The Safest Place on Earth” by Mark Best (Thrilling Detective)

The annual Derringer Awards were created in 1997 by the Short Mystery Fiction Society to honor excellence in the creative art form of short mystery and crime stories. The name “Derringer,” after the palm-sized handgun, was chosen as a metaphor for a mystery or crime short story—small, but dangerous. The award is in the form of a certificate suitable for framing.

Any English-language mystery or crime short story that appeared during the previous year in a publication that has an editor and an established procedure for submission, acceptance and rejection is eligible for a Derringer. The publication does not have to pay in cash and may be a print magazine, an electronic magazine (ezine), or an anthology or collection published in book form.

The Short Mystery Fiction Society is a group of writers, editors, publishers and fans of mystery and crime fiction from all around the globe. Additional information about the Short Mystery Fiction Society is available at

Congratulations to the winners. Especially thrilled for Mark Best.

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