Nominations are Open — 2022 Darrell Awards

Nominations Are Now Open for the 2022 Darrell Awards

We had to skip presenting any Darrell Awards in 2021 due to the pandemic. As it now looks likely that there will be a Midsouthcon in 2022, the Jury has decided to open nominations for 2 years in all categories.

This means that we will consider your SFFH work IF it was published between November 1, 2019, and October 31, 2021.

As always, we’re looking for the best Midsouth SFFH, so if it’s by an author living in our area at the time of publication OR if at least 1 significant scene is set within our area, nominate it!

Nominations opened on August 1, 2021, and will close on December 1st of this year.

To protect the members of the jury and our Official Readers, we’re looking for digital submissions, if possible. One epub or mobi or pdf without DRM or a non-paywalled link to the work along with your nomination is greatly appreciated.

If you choose to send printed copies instead, we need at least 3 — and 4 is better.

Nomination forms can be found here in various formats: 2022 Nomination Forms. The rules are spelled out on the back page(s) of the Nomination Form.

Please note: you don’t need to send us the back page(s). All we need is the Nomination Form. We know what the Rules are. 😀

If you have any questions about these matters, please post them in the comments (or you can email us as below).

Go forth and Nominate ! Nominate! Nominate!

News on the 2022 Darrell Awards

We are pleased to announce that there will be Darrell Awards presented at MidSouthCon in March of 2022.

The 2022 Darrell Awards will include the best Midsouth science fiction, fantasy, and horror works published from November 1, 2019, to October 31, 2021 (2 full years) in all 5 of our usual categories — novel, novella, short story, other media, and young adult.

Also, our 2022 Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award for lifetime achievement and/or exemplary contributions to literacy will be presented at the same event. Our Hall of Fame Award is not limited by year of publication.

Nominations for the 2022 Darrell Awards and Hall of Fame Award will open on August 1, 2021, and close on December 1, 2021.

Please check back here on (or just before) August 1st for nomination forms in various formats.

If you’re interested in helping us to select the 2022 Darrell Awards and Hall of Fame Award by serving on the Jury or by being an Official Reader, please contact us at darrellawards at Gmail dot com (spelled out for reasons).

2020 Darrell Awards Winners Announced

The 2020 Darrell Awards Jury is pleased to announce the results of our deliberations and to present our Finalists, First Runners-Up, and Winners.

By Category:


First Runner-Up — Carl Perkins Cadillac by John G. Hartness

Winner — Above the Ether by Eric Barnes

Best Midsouth Novel 2020

Young Adult:

First Runner-Up — The Diminished and The Enchanted by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

Winner — House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Best Midsouth Young Adult Story 2020

Novella: Winner — Shoot First by Larry Hoy and William Alan Webb

Best Midsouth Novella 2020

Short Story:

First Runner-Up — The Game by H. David Blalock (as published in Tales of the Interstellar Bartenders Guild)

Winner — Killing Him by Carolyn McSparren (as published in Mayhem in Memphis)

Best Midsouth Short Story 2020

Additional Short Story Finalists:

Robert J. Krog for Roxy Socksy and Herika Raymer for Critters (both published in Tales of the Interstellar Bartenders Guild)

(Note: We chose not to mention Larry Hoy in previous announcements about the Finalists in order to maintain a bit of a surprise about the Novella win. His name appears first on the plaque and we will send the plaque to him if we have or can find his address.)

Here are the Finalists in alphabetical order, in case that is easier for anyone.

Eric Barnes — Novel — Above the Ether (Winner)

H. David Blalock — Short Story — The Game (First Runner-Up)

Erin A. Craig – Young Adult Work – The House of Salt and Sorrows (Winner)

John G. Hartness – Novel — Carl Perkins Cadillac (First Runner-Up)

Robert J. Krog — Short Story — Roxy Socksy (published in Tales of the Interstellar Bartenders Guild)

Carolyn McSparren — Short Story — Killing Him (published in Mayhem in Memphis) (Winner)

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson — Young Adult Work — The Diminished and The Enchanted (2 book series) (First Runner-Up)

Herika Raymer — Short Story – Critters (published in Tales of the Interstellar Bartenders Guild)

William Alan Webb and Larry Hoy — Novella — Shoot First (Winner)

As previously announced, our 2020 Hall of Fame winner is Rachel E. Carr.

2020 Coger Memorial Hall of Fame
2020 Coger Memorial Hall of Fame

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 editions of MidSouthCon were canceled.

So, please consider this announcement to be the presentation of the 2020 Darrell Awards.

We plan to present the 2021-2022 Darrell Awards at MidSouthCon in March of 2022, and we hope that circumstances will allow us to do so.

Please see the latest news on the convention on their website:

As there won’t be a gathering of fans in 2021, we are going with our backup plan. That means that IF we have (or are able to find) an address for each Finalist, Runner-Up, or Winner, we will ship their plaque or certificate to them. For those whom we cannot locate, we will hold onto the plaques and certificates until we are able to present them in person or otherwise.

Congratulations to all of the Finalists, Runners-Up, and Winners.

Please check back here in February for news about the 2021-2022 Darrell Awards.