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.

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. ( 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

2017 Darrell Awards Results Announced

2017  Darrell Awards Announced

The 2017 Darrell Awards Jury is pleased to announce the winners and other recognized works, as follows:

The new inductee into the Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame is CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA for her 5 book Heirs series of Young Adult Fantasy, epecially The Enchanter Heir and The Sorcerer Heir.

2017 Hall of Fame plaque

2017 Hall of Fame plaque

For the 2017 Darrell Award for Best Other Media, the Winner is Crossed+ One Hundred # 2 by Alan Moore.
First Runner-Up is Shinobi: Ninja Princess # 4-6 by Martheus Wade.

2017 Other Media plaque

2017 Other Media plaque

For the 2017 Darrell Award for Best Novella, the winner is Fifty Shades of Grays by Steven Barnes. (This novella appeared in Lightspeed magazine, issue 73.)
First Runner-Up is All the Way from Memphis by Jeff C. Stevenson. (This novella appeared in Hypnos magazine, volume 5, issue 2.)

2017 Best Novella plaque

2017 Best Novella plaque

For the 2017 Darrell Award for Best Short Story, the winner is The Nature of Ghosts by Carolyn McSparren.
First Runner-Up is Drive-In Miss Daisy by Phyllis Appleby. (Both of these short stories appeared in Malice in Memphis: Ghost Stories).

2017 Best Short Story plaque

2017 Best Short Story plaque

For the 2017 Darrell Award for Best Novel, the Winner is Way Out West by Frank Tuttle.
First Runner-Up is Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher.
Additional Finalist is Eagle in Exile by Alan Smale.

2017 Best Novel plaque

2017 Best Novel plaque

We highly recommend each of these works, as they are all excellent stories, well-told, with detailed characters.

This concludes the work of the 2017 Darrell Awards Jury. Please check our website (darrellawards.wordpress.com) in July for information about the 2018 Darrell Awards. In the meantime, please go and buy these wonderful books and read, read, read!

2017 Darrell Awards Finalists Announced

2017 Darrell Awards Finalists Announced

The 2017 Darrell Awards Jury held its final meeting last night and we wrapped up our deliberations. It gives us great pleasure to announce the following.

The newest winner of the Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award is Cinda Williams Chima. This was given for her books The Enchanter Heir and The Sorcerer Heir, two young adult novels that include scenes set within our area. She joins a distinguished roster of previous Hall of Fame winners, which you can see here.

For Best Midsouth Short Story, our 2017 Finalists are “Drive-In Miss Daisy” by Phyllis Appleby and “The Nature of Ghosts” by Carolyn McSparren. (Both appeared in the anthology Malice in Memphis: Ghost Stories.)

For Best Midsouth Novella, our 2017 Finalists are “All the Way from Memphis” by Jeff C. Stevenson (in Hypnos, volume 5, issue 2) and “Fifty Shades of Grays” by Steven Barnes (in Lightspeed magazine, issue 73).

For Best Midsouth Other Media, our 2017 Finalists are “Crossed+ One Hundred #2” by Alan Moore and “Shinobi: Ninja Princess (issues 4 through 6)” by Martheus Wade. Both of these Other Media Finalists are comics and should be available from your usual comic book suppliers.

For Best Midsouth Novel, our 2017 Finalists are Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher, Eagle in Exile by Alan P. Smale, and Way Out West by Frank Tuttle.

If we have (or can find) contact information for these Finalists, they each will be invited to attend MidSouthCon on Saturday March 25th, 2017, for free to participate in a panel on the Darrell Awards to take place at 3pm AND to enjoy the Banquet at 5pm at which the Darrell Awards will be presented. For details of MidSouthCon, please see their website at midsouthcon.org.

Congratulations to all the Finalists!

Please check back here AFTER MidSouthCon to find out who won. And be sure to go now and buy their works so you can start reading them to see whether you agree with the Jury’s decisions.

Cinda Williams Chima picture

Cinda Williams Chima