News: Derringer Nomination

With apologies for having consecutive blog posts about my own personal news, I’m very pleased that my story “Rearview Mirror,” originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine‘s March/April 2010 issue, has been nominated for a Derringer Award by the Short Mystery Fiction Society. My story is a contender in the Novelette category, amidst a very distinguished bunch (including Doug Allyn, who thrilled me when he wrote me out of the blue with his own admiration for the story — a letter that still has a prominent place above my desk a year later). I’m also pleased that a fellow member of my local Mystery Writers of America chapter, B.K. Stevens, has received a nomination in the Long Story category. Good company all around!

The full list of nominees is below.

Flash Story (<1001 words)

“Blues in the Night,” by Carol Kilgore, Dark Valentine, May 2010
“Homeless,” by Patricia Morin, Mystery Montage, 2010
“Stick a Needle in My Eye,” by Julia Madeleine, Powder Burn Flash, May 5, 2010
“The Book Signing,” by Kathy Kencharik, Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers, 2010
“The Unknown Substance,” by Jane Hammons, A Twist of Noir, Dec. 27, 2010

Short Story (1001 – 4000 words)

“My Asshole Brother” by Eric Beetner, A Twist of Noir, May 7, 2010
“Seventy-hours of Less” by Michael J. Solender, A Twist of Noir, April 23, 2010
“Broken Down on the Bonneville Flats” by Jack Bates, Beat to a Pulp, October 17, 2010
“Angel of Mercy” by David Price, Beat to a Pulp, Jan. 31, 2010
“Pewter Badge” by Michael J. Solender, Yellow Mama, August, 2010.

Long Story (4001 – 8000 words)

“A Tour of the Tower,” by Christine Poulson, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March/April 2010
“Care of the Circumcised Penis,” by Sean Doolittle, Thuglit Presents: Blood, Guts, and Whiskey, 2010
“Interpretation of Murder,” by B. K. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 2010
“Silicon Kings,” by Richard Helms, The Back Alley Webzine, April 2010
“The Little Nogai Boy,” by R. T. Lawton, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September 2010

Novelette (8001 – 17,500 words)

“Deserters,” by Chris Muessig, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, March 2010
“Rearview Mirror,” by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March 2010
“The Gods for Vengeance Cry,” by Richard Helms, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, November 2010
“The Man With One Eye,” by Stephen Ross, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, December 2010
“The Scent of Lilacs,” by Doug Allyn, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, September/October 2010

Congratulations and best of luck to all! — Art Taylor