Since 1998, the Short Mystery Fiction Society has awarded the annual Derringer Awards–named after the pocket-sized pistol–to outstanding short crime fiction published the previous year, and to writers who have greatly advanced the form.
Here are the 2021 Derringer Award winners!
FLASH (up to 1,000 words): TIE. C.W Blackwell, “Memories of Fire,” Pulp Modern Flash. And Travis Richardson, “War Words,” Punk Noir Magazine.
SHORT (from 1,001 to 4,000 words): TIE. Eleanor Cawood Jones, “The Great Bedbug Incident and the Invitation of Doom,” Chesapeake Crimes: Invitation to Murder. And Stacy Woodson, “River,” The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell.
LONG (from 4,001 to 8,000 words): Sarah M. Chen, “Hotelin’,” Shotgun Honey, Volume #4: Recoil.
NOVELETTE (from 8,001 to 20,000 words): Art Taylor, “The Boy Detective and the Summer of ’74,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January/February 2020.
The Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer (Lifetime Achievement award): Brendan DuBois.