2020 Darrell Awards Finalists Announced

The 2020 Darrell Awards Jury has completed our reading and we have chosen works by the following authors as the Best Midsouth SF/F/H in one or more of our usual categories (novel, novella, young adult, and short story).

The 2020 Darrell Awards Finalists are:

The 2020 Darrell Awards, as well as the Coger Memorial Hall of Fame award, will be presented at the Banquet at MidSouthCon 38 on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the Hilton hotel here in Memphis, TN. For details of the convention, please see MidSouthCon.org

Our 2020 Hall of Fame winner is Rachel E. Carr. See the announcement of that here: 2020 Hall of Fame Winner Announced

Congratulations to each of the Finalists. We highly recommend all of them to you for the excellent stories they wrote. Please join us at the Banquet at MidSouthCon 38 for the Awards Presentation.


2020 Darrell Awards Nominations Are Open

The 2020 Darrell Awards Jury met on Sunday, September 8, 2019, and rapidly got its business done. What that means is:


You can nominate using the form in any of the following formats:



2020-Nomination-Form-with-Rules-docx, or


If you need it in a different format, please let us know and we will see what we can do.

As in previous years, the Rules are attached to the Nomination Form, but you do not need to send those pages back to us — just complete the form, save page 1, and send that page back.

Please check back here for further news as it develops.

If you live in the Memphis area and would like to participate as a member of the Jury or as an Official Reader, please contact us, as we are pleased to welcome new voluteers to our ranks. (Please see our About the Darrell Awards page for email and other methods of contacting us.)


2019 Darrell Awards Finalists Announced

It gives us great pleasure to announce the following list of Finalists for the 2019 Darrell Awards in their respective categories.

Best Midsouth Novel
John E. Siers  — In the Service of Luna
Frank TuttleEvery Wind of Change

Best Midsouth Novella
Kevin Andrew MurphyFind the Lady (appearing in Mississippi Roll, a Wild Cards shared-world novel)
William Alan WebbThe Hairy Man (set in his post-apocalypse series)

Best Midsouth Other Media 
Matthew MaalaAmazing Grace (Season 3, Episode 14, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow tv series)
Mark PowersJim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Dog Men (the first 6 issues in this comic book series set in Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files universe)

Best Midsouth Short Story 
Lee Ann StoryFamily Circle (appearing in End of the World Potluck)
Sheree Renee ThomasTeddy Bump (appearing in Fiyah Lit Mag, issue 7)
Frank TuttleKnob Hill Haunt (a free-standing Mama Hogg story in the Markhat universe)

The 2019 Darrell Awards will be presented at the Banquet at MidSouthCon here in Memphis on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Each of the Finalists will be invited to attend the convention as free guests of the Jury on that Saturday and will receive a free pass to the Banquet if they do attend. Each Finalist will also be invited to participate in the annual Darrell Awards panel, which takes place at the convention earlier in the afternoon on that Saturday.  (Invitations will go out in the next few days — or as soon as possible for any Finalist for whom we do not already have a way to contact them).

Congratulations to each of the Finalists. We encourage all those who love good Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror to partake of their works (both those mentioned above and others by them). You will be pleased if you do.