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.