Since 1997, The Short Mystery Fiction Society's Derringer Awards have brought attention to short mystery and crime fiction. If you're a reader, writer, or publisher/editor of the genre, I urge you to join the SMFS by December 31, 2011 for full participation in the 2012 Derringer process.
Full participation includes the chance to submit your favorite stories published in 2011 for Derringer consideration, the volunteer judging opportunity to narrow the field to five finalists in each of four length categories, and the group vote determining the winners in each category.
As a past president of the SMFS, I know how much dedication goes into the Derringers, all for the love of the short mystery/crime story. Here are the Derringer rules in full.