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2012 Derringer Awards Finalists Announced
Date: 02 March 2012

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2012 Short Mystery Fiction Society Finalists

Voting opens today for the Derringer Awards. Below are the five stories selected by our judges as finalists in each category. Congratulations to each of the finalists for the excellent work published in 2011.

Finalists for Best Novelette:

    Jeffrey Cohen, "The Gun Also Rises: an Aaron Tucker Mystery," Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2011
    Toni L.P. Kelner, "In Brightest Day," Home Improvement: Undead Edition, August 2011
    Doug Allyn, "A Penny for the Boatman," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2011
    David Dean, "Tomorrow’s Dead," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 2011
    Earl Staggs, "Where Billy Died," Untreed Reads, August 2011

Finalists for Best Long Story:

    Art Taylor, "A Drowning at Snow’s Cut," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May 2011
    Trina Corey, "Facts Exhibiting Wantonness," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November 2011
    Trey Dowell, "Ballistic," Untreed Reads, July 2011
    Karen Pullen, "Brea’s Tale," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November 2011
    William Burton McCormick, "Blue Amber," Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, June 2011

Finalists for Best Short Story:
    Elizabeth Zelvin, "Death will Tank Your Fish," Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices, 2011
    B.V. Lawson, pen name of Bonnie Vanaman, "Touch of Death," Absent Willow Review Online Magazine, April 2011
    Mary E. Stibal, "Sisters in Black," Best New England Crime Stories 2012: Dead Calm, November 2011.
    Cathi Stoler, "Fatal Flaw." Beat to a Pulp Online, April 2011
    Adam Renn Olenn, "Coronation," Best New England Crime Stories 2012: Dead Calm, November 2011.

Finalists for Best Flash Fiction Story:
    Warren Bull, "Company Policy," Yellow Mama, August 2011
    John Kenyon, "Countdown," Thrillers, Killers, and Chillers, April 2011
    Al Leverone, "Lessons Learned," Shotgun Honey, July 2011
    Melodie Campbell, "The Perfect Mark," Flash Fiction Online Magazine, July 2011
    Kathleen Ryan, "Heat of Passion," A Twist of Noir, February 2011

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