After inducting Bryan Davis (whose primary eligible work has been young adult SF/F) into the Coger Hall of Fame in 2010, the Darrell Awards Jury voted to add a Young Adult category “as soon as we have enough entries to make it practical.”
Well, that point was reached in the 2011 cycle of nominations, with four YA works nominated, including one by Mr. Davis himself. With at least 2 more expected to be published during the 2012 cycle, the Jury decided to hold over the Young Adult works nominated for the 2011 Darrell Awards and consider them with the 2012 YA works.
This decision was based on the success of holding over the Other Media nominees from 2010 to 2011, which gave us the largest group of films, pod video casts and pod audio casts we have ever considered.
The actual vote was to begin alternating between Other Media and Young Adult, with Other Media being chosen this year from works nominated for 2010 and 2011 and Young Adult being chosen next year from works nominated for 2011 and 2012.
The Darrell Awards are presented annually at MidSouthCon for works published or presented between November 1 and October 31.
For the 2011 Darrell Awards, we looked at Novels, Novellas & Short Stories that were published between November 1, 2009, and October 31, 2010; and Other Media that was presented between November 1, 2008, and October 31, 2010.
For the 2012 Darrell Awards, we will look at Novels, Novellas & Short Stories published from November 1, 2010, to October 31, 2011 — and Young Adult works published from November 1, 2009, to October 31, 2011.
As we have done since the Darrell Awards were begun, the Awards are given to promote Literacy in the Midsouth by recognizing the best published Science Fiction, Fantasy and/or Horror that is either by an author living in the greater Memphis area at the time the work is published OR that has at least one significant scene set within the area. For further details, please see the Qualifications page of our website at http://darrellawards.org/qualify.htm .