May 2008

I Won a Derringer Award!

My story “In the Shadows of Wrigley Field,” which was published last November in THE BACK ALLEY, has won the Derringer Award for Best 1,001 to 4,000 Mystery Story of 2007.

The Short Mystery Fiction Society created the annual Derringer Award for excellence in the field of short stories in 1997. The name “Derringer,” after the palm-sized handgun, was chosen as a metaphor for a crime short story -- small, but dangerous. The Derringer was created to fill a void in the arena of American mystery awards, which tend to concentrate on novels. Any story published (in print or online) in a given calendar year is eligible for a Derringer.

This was my third Derringer nomination. I was nominated previously in 2003 for my short story “Shark Infested Pudding” and in 2006 for my short story “Twilight of the Fireflies.”

“In the Shadows of Wrigley Field” appeared in Volume 1, Number 2 of THE BACK ALLEY, which is edited by Richard Helms.

You can go here to read this award-winning story.
In the Shadows of Wrigley Field