The Darrell Awards
in the Mid-South by Recognizing the Best Published SF, Fantasy and Horror
Begun by the Memphis SF Association (MSFA)
Now A Project of the Mid-South Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (MSSFFA)
Underwritten by generous support from the Mid-South Science & Fiction Conventions, Inc. (MSFCI)
Awards are given in memory of Dr. Darrell C. Richardson (see bio -> here).
The Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Awards are given in memory of Dr. Dalvan Coger (bio pending).
2008 DARRELL AWARDS NEWSThe 2008 Darrell Awards Jury has completed its deliberations and made its choices. This year, we presented Darrell Awards for Best Midsouth SF/F/H fiction in Short Story, Novella, and Novel categoriess, as well as inducting a new honoree into the Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame. We also gave Honorable Mention recognition to two works in the Other Media category.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that the 2008 Hall of Fame inductee is
Eric Flint for his outstanding body of Science Fiction, Fantasy and/or Horror Fiction, some of which is set within the Midsouth, especially 1812: The Rivers of War and 1824: the Arkansas War. Mr. Flint was the Author Guest of Honor at MidSouthCon 26, held the weekend of March 28-30, 2008, during which he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The winners of the Short Story, Novella, Novel and Other Media Darrell Awards were announced at the Midsouthcon 26 Banquet on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the Holiday Inn Select on Airways at Democrat, here in Memphis, Tennessee. Please check back here for a report on this wonderful event. In the meantime, here is a recap of the Results.
For a list of Finalists for the 2008 Darrell Awards, please see the 2008 Finalists page.
Thank you to Sylvia Cox, Barbara Gatewood, Don Richardson, Eric Groff, Jerry Hager and Brad Robinson for their participation in the 2008 Darrell Awards Jury and to Neale Carter and Michael Kingsley for serving as additional readers on these works. Special thanks to Kingsley for finding so many of the works that we considered this year -- he is the best "bird-dog pointer" for this we have ever seen.
The 2009 Darrell Awards Jury, chaired by the very able Barbara Gatewood, is now meeting. Please contact Barb at email@example.com if you would like to participate, either as a Reader or a full-blown Member of the Jury.
-- Tim Gatewood, Chairman, 2008 Darrell Awards Jury
a project of the Mid-South SF&F Association
with support from MSFCIFor more info on MSFCI and Midsouthcon, please see their website at http://www.midsouthcon.org .
A Statement about The Recipients of these AwardsThe Darrell Awards and the Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award are given annually in recognition of the best published work out of those which qualify and which were nominated. The focus of the Darrell Awards and the Hall of Fame is upon the work itself, not the author of that work.
As these authors are (mostly) still living at the time that their respective Darrell Awards are presented (or at the time that they are inducted into the Coger Hall of Fame), there is always the possibility that any of the authors whose work was thus recognized could go on to do something wrong or to take some other bad action.
In short, we do not endorse any actions taken or alleged to have been taken by any of those authors who have received these Awards, other than the writing of the work which received the Award.
The Darrell Awards Jury and the Mid-South SF&F Association (MSSFFA) have adopted a policy on dealing with authors whose works were nominated and who later commit bad acts. In brief, we will not provide any further publicity for such authors, they will be deemed ineligible for any future consideration, and they will not be included in any anthology or other materials which we may produce or license or otherwise authorize. What constitutes a bad action sufficient to fall within this policy will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Jury and/or MSSFFA.
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Please note: we do NOT release a list of those works that have been merely nominated. This is because nominations are open to all; so, even the author or publisher or a relative or friend could nominate the work. This means that it is not (as they say at the big time award shows) "an honor merely to be nominated" -- it is simply the first step in getting the work officially considered by the Darrell Awards Jury. Also, every year, we see some works that are nominated which do not qualify or which are too poor-quality for us to lend any support to them. So, for all these reasons, we do NOT confirm or deny that any particular work has been nominated.
For further information on the Darrell Awards, please contact Barbara Gatewood, Chairperson, 2009 Darrell Awards Jury, 3125 South Mendenhall Road, # 353, Memphis TN 38115. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info on the Mid-South SF&F Association, see the Official MSSFFA home page (MSSFFA).
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