Halloween Approaches

Halloween is coming soon and with it will come the end of the publishing year for 2016 Darrell Awards purposes.

This year, we’re considering 2 years’ worth of Young Adult SF/F/H, so the publication time frame on that runs from November 1, 2013, to Halloween of 2015. For other categories, it’s November 1, 2014, to Halloween 2015.

If your otherwise-eligible work is published before Halloween of this year (and not too far in the past), you or anyone else can nominate it until 1-1-16.

Of course, we would love it if you nominated it as soon as you can so we the Jury have more time to read it and consider it with the other nominees in its category.

Anyone can nominate, including the author or publisher. If you are the author or publisher, we do require a non-DRM pdf file or a mobi file or an epub file — or 2 printed copies — of the work you’re nominating.

We already have a very interesting crop of nominees in novel, short story, and YA categories. Nothing has been nominated yet in the novella category, so that one is wide open. We will also pick a Hall of Fame inductee and there are several good choices being considered for that award.

For information on eligibility and to get the Nomination Form, please see our website at http://darrellawards.org.

2016 Darrell Awards Jury is Now Meeting

The 2016 Darrell Awards Jury started meeting in June and we had our 2nd meeting earlier tonight. From what I have seen so far, it looks like another good year of friendly banter and passionate discussions about the books and short stories that are nominated — and we already have several novels, short stories, Young Adult and Hall of Fame nominees in either ebook or printed forms to read.

In particular, within the past week or so, we received two large packages of printed books from different authors — multiple books from each. So, every member of the Jury went home tonight with goodies to enjoy.

We are now settling into our schedule of meetings and will be reading right up to the deadline.

Speaking of deadlines, here are the three that matter:

October 31, 2015 — if your work is not published by Halloween of this year, it can not be considered for the 2016 Darrell Awards or the 2016 Coger Hall of Fame. This is the publication deadline. Anything published after that will have to be held for 2017 consideration if it qualifies.

January 1, 2016 — if your work is not nominated by 1-1-16, it can not be considered for the 2016 Darrell Awards or the 2016 Coger Hall of Fame. This is the nomination deadline. If your work is not nominated by this deadline, please see the Hall of Fame rules to see whether it qualifies for future consideration as such.

March 1, 2016 — the Jury’s deadline to turn in a list of Finalist to MidSouthCon. We will not release a list of those who have been merely nominated. We WILL release a list of Finalists and that list will appear here on this site as soon as possible after March 1st.

Please see the 2016 Nomination Form here in order to nominate your work.


2016 Darrell Awards Nominations Are Now Open

The 2016 Darrell Awards Nominations are now open.

We held the first meeting of the 2016 Darrell Awards Jury earlier today and took care of the initial business, including adopting the 2016 Rules and electing the Jury Chairman and Vice Chairperson. Also, we welcomed Kittie Jungkind to the Jury as a new member.

Please see the 2016 Darrell Awards Nomination Form on our website at http://darrellawards.org.

As in years past, we will accept nominations for Best Midsouth SF/F/H in novel, novella, short story, and Hall of Fame categories. This year, we are considering 2 years of Young Adult works. Please see the Rules page on our website for details.