1998, the Short Mystery Fiction Society has awarded the annual Derringers—after
the popular pocket pistol—to outstanding published stories. The awards
recognize outstanding stories published during 2020.
late last night to our list by 2020 Derringer Awards Coordinator Tony Rudzki,
these are the official 2020 Derringer Award Winners:
FLASH (ranges up to 1,000 words)
Josh Pachter, The Two-Body Problem, Mystery Weekly
Magazine: October 2019.
SHORT (ranges from 1,0001 to 4,000 words)
John Floyd, On the Road with Mary Jo, Ellery Queen Mystery
Magazine: Jan/February 2019
LONG (ranges from 4,001 to 8,000 words)
Sandra Murphy, Lucy’s Tree, The
Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods Editor Michael Bracken
NOVELETTE (ranges from 8,001 to 20,000 words)
Brendan Dubois ,with His Sister’s Secrets, Ellery Queen
Mystery Magazine: July/August 2019
posted by the Derringer Coordinator, can be found here.
Lifetime Achievement is annually awarded to an outstanding living writer of
short mysteries, selected by a five-member panel of the SMFS President, Vice
President, and Awards Coordinator, and two regular members. This year’s
As Bouchercon in Sacramento this fall has been cancelled, it is unknown at this time that there will be a virtual presentation made. Scheduling remains very fluid. Winners are
able to receive their medals by mail.