The 2015 Darrell Awards Jury completed its work earlier tonight and turned in the following list of Finalists for the 2015 Darrell Awards.
The Darrell Awards are given annually to support literacy in the greater Memphis area (the Midsouth) by recognizing the best published Science Fiction, Fantasy and/or Horror fiction. Annual categories include Novel, Novella, and Short Story. Other Media and Young Adult alternate on a 2 year cycle; this year we considered Other Media, which includes plays, audio presentations, podcasts, movies, games, comics, and other non-book and non-ebook forms of SF/F/H. As we have done in some previous years, the Jury chose not to award in the Novella category this time.
The Finalists are:
The Five Faces by Frank Tuttle (Novel)
Valkyrie’s Daughter by John E. Siers (Novel)
Dream Thief # 4 by Jai Nitz (Other Media; book 4 of 5 in comic book series)
Barry by Matthew Graves (Other Media; a free online film)
Eat Your Peas by Robert J. Krog (Short Story seen in Luna’s Children: Full Moon Mayhem)
Hello I, This is H by Bill M. Tracer (Short Story)
Stolen Thunder by H. David Blalock (Short Story seen in Realms of Imagination)
The Serpent and the Dagger by Robert J. Krog (Short Story seen in A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder) and
Thursday Morrow: The Self-Winding Mechanical Man by Robert J. Krog (Short Story seen in Capes & Clockwork) .
In addition to the 2015 Darrell Awards Finalists, the Jury has previously announced that the 2015 Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Winner is Jeff Crook.
Each of the authors listed above will be contacted as soon as possible to invite them to attend MidSouthCon 33 on Saturday, March 21 as a free guest of the Jury so that they can participate in the Meet the Darrell Awards Authors panel and enjoy the Banquet later that same day, at which time the Winners and Runners-Up will be bestowed.
Congratulations to the Finalists! Now, go buy their works!