RE: RARA-AVIS: Rara-Avians in Derringer Awards:

From: Dave (
Date: 11 May 2003

What was left out of the Derringer announcement was the publication sources for the Short-Short stories (up to 1500) words. I was thrilled to see two stories from Hardluck Stories Zine premiere issue make it: "A Cut Above" by Del Tinsley and "Jumping the Fence" by Stephen Rogers. Both good stories and I hope people on this list check them out and the other stories on the zine (and while you're at it check out Al Guthrie's tough noirish story "I'm No Killer" in the Winter issue).


btw. The Spring 2003 issue of Hardluck Stories Zine is now on-line and has six new hard-edged crime stories along with interviews with Charlie Shafer (the Guest Editor for this issue), Ed Gorman, Mystery Publisher Hilliard and Harris, a review of T. Jefferson Parker's Cold Pursuit, and a nifty article by Charlie titled Hard-boiled-Soft-boiled. Hardluck Stories Zine can be found at:

-----Original Message----- From: [mailto:] On Behalf Of Al Guthrie Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2003 2:59 PM To: Subject: RARA-AVIS: Rara-Avians in Derringer Awards:

The Derringers are annual awards issued by the Short Mystery Fiction Society for the best short stories published in print or electronically. The finalists have just been announced (just over an hour ago) and there are a couple of rara-avians in the short story category (1501-6000 words). Congratulations, guys. I haven't read yours yet, Bill, but I'm looking forward to getting the opportunity once it's posted on the SMFS site. Dave Z's I have read. It's about a Nigerian email scam and it's terrific. It's currently online at:

Here are the five finalists in the short story category:

Bill Crider
"Top of the World" Flesh and Blood: Dark Desires

Bill Pronzini
"Just Looking" Flesh and Blood: Dark Desires

Raymond Steiber
"Mexican Gatsby" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Dave White
"Closure" The Thrilling Detective

Dave Zeltserman
"More Than a Scam" Mysterical-E

Other categories: Short-Short Stories (Up to 1500 Words)

Nick Andreychuk
"Sending Out an S.O.S."

Stephen Rogers
"Jumping the Fence"

Seymour Shubin
"What A Day"

Del Tinsley
"A Cut Above"

John Weagly
"Shark Infested Pudding"

Long Short Story (Over 6,001 Words):

Doug Allan
"The Murder Ballads" Ellery Queen Mystery

David Edgerly Gates
"Medicine Water" Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Clark Howard
"To Live and Die in Midland, Texas" Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Catherine Mambretti
"Painter of the Seven-Eyed Beast" Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Bob Stevens
"Henry's Power" HandHeld Crime

Al More free Dave Zeltserman short stories: Where to find Bill Crider short stories:

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