2018 Darrell Awards Jury Begins

We had the first meeting of the 2018 Darrell Awards Jury on Saturday, July 22, 2017, and shook things up a bit.

It pleases me a great deal to announce that our Chairperson for the 2018 Darrell Awards Jury is Kitty Jungkind, an attorney who has served as an active member of the Jury for several years. Backing her up in the Vice Chair‘s spot is Sylvia Cox, who is on the Board of Directors of MidSouthCon, as well as several other groups, and who recently won a spot on something called the Grizzlies Grannies and Grandpas. ( Wow!)

I asked for this change in leadership so that I can focus on rebuilding my income, which has been diminished these past 2 years as I dealt with my wife’s declining health and my grief at her passing. I will continue to be on the Jury and to handle this website. Other than that, I am here to help with the transition.

We will shortly have a new email address and a new physical address for nominations and for nominated works. As soon as that is in place, we will post the 2018 Nomination Form and nominations for the 2018 Darrell Awards will be opened.

Meanwhile, please note that we have had to adjust two of our three deadlines. The current deadlines starting now are:

  • The work must be published by October 31, 2017 (Halloween of this year — publication deadline);
  • The work must be nominated by December 1, 2017 (nomination deadline); and
  • We will turn in a list of Finalists to the various departments of MidSouthCon by February 1, 2018, with publication on this website to follow shortly after that (finalist list deadline).

The Nomination Deadline and the Finalist List Deadline are both sooner than they have been in past years.

These new deadlines are based on the requests of the Convention Committee AND the fact that MidSouthCon will be held in 2018 weeks sooner than has been typical in previous years.

Please check back here for the 2018 Nomination Form and further announcements, which will be posted as soon as possible.

— Tim Gatewood,
Founder, webmaster, and Chairman Emeritus
for the Darrell Awards


DARRELL AWARDS GALLERY : Here is Steven Barnes, whose novella  Fifty Shades of Grays (in Lightspeed Magazine) won the 2017 Darrell Award for Best Midsouth Novella.

Steven Barnes, winner of the 2017 Darrell Award for Best Midsouth Short Story

Steven Barnes, winner of the 2017 Darrell Award for Best Midsouth Novella

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About Darrell Awards

The Darrell Awards are presented annually in support of Midsouth Literacy by recognizing the best published Science Fiction, Fantasy and/or Horror in Short Story, Novella, Novel, Young Adult and Other Media formats. Our related Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award is given for an author who has made exceptional contributions to Midsouth Literacy by having published a substantial body of work that is or would have been eligible for the Darrell Award. The Darrell Awards and the Coger Hall of Fame award are presented at MidSouthCon, held in March of each year in the Memphis, Tennessee area. Please see the entries and pages on this blog, as well as any files linked from here for more information. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Darrell-Awards/147521910015 and on Twitter at @darrellawards.

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