There's a great post over at the blog, "At the Scene of the Crime" about the current award nominees. I know I've been pretty unimpressed by most of the short story nominees because they are all about two magazines and a handful of annual crime anthologies. I was most disappointed in the Edgar's list as the bulk of the nominees was from their own anthology which seemed a bit self-promoting to me, especially since the anthology call was only open to their own members.
While the awards recognition is a nice ego boost for authors, the same names year after year becomes a bit annoying. The novel awards are often bestowed on the current flavor of the year or the steadfast book a year bestseller. And the short story awards are usually bestowed on a novel writer.
This isn't sour grapes on my part as I don't put my own stories in the awards hat, even for the Derringer Awards where each member of the SMFS is allowed to nominate two stories, which are inevitably their own. I just wish that more award groups would take a better look at all the wonderful short stories that are published each year. The past several years there have been some great anthologies epublished that were never even looked at, not to mention the great number of online stories that are never even considered because, OMG, the writer didn't get paid. The award nominations for short stories is not an even playing field and probably never will be, which is a very sad thought.