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!


2016 Darrell Awards Winners Announced

2016 Darrell Awards Winners Announced

The 2016 Darrell Awards Jury is pleased to announce the Winners, First Runners-Up, and other Finalists for the Best Published Midsouth Science Fiction, Fantasy, and/or Horror.


The Ones Who Remember – Best Midsouth Short Story

Short Stories
Winner: The Ones Who Remember by Robert J. Krog
First Runner-Up: Sentry by Herika R. Raymer
Other Finalists (Honorable Mention):
Zedhead by Victor Lorthos
Memphis BBQ by Cat Rambo


The Old Blood – Best Midsouth Young Adult Work

Young Adult Works
Winner: The Old Blood by Tim Bohn
First Runner-Up: All The Turns of Light by Frank Tuttle


Brielle and the Alien Geek – Best Midsouth Novella

Winner: Brielle and the Alien Geek by Jessica Coulter Smith

The Darker Carnival - Best Midsouth Novel

The Darker Carnival – Best Midsouth Novel

Winner: The Darker Carnival by Frank Tuttle
First Runner-Up: Lincoln’s Bodyguard by T. J. Turner
Other Finalist (Honorable Mention:) When Dragons Sleep by Steven Glen Baird

A. Christopher Drown - Hall of Fame Winner

A. Christopher Drown – Hall of Fame Winner

Our newest inductee into the Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame is A. Christopher Drown for his outstanding body of work, including many excellent short stories.

Congratulations to all of the Winners, First Runners-Up, and Honorable Mentions.

The 2016 Darrell Awards were presented during the Banquet at MidSouthCon 34 on Saturday, March 19, 2016. If your name appears above and you did not receive your plaque or framed Certificate, we will mail it to you as soon as possible if we have your mailing address.

2015 Darrell Award for Best Other Media Won by Comic Book

The 2015 Darrell Award for Best Midsouth SF/F/H Other Media Work was won by Dream Thief # 4, a comic book by Jai Nitz. As Mr. Nitz mentioned in his acceptance speech, this was the first time a Darrell Award has been given for a comic book.

Jai Nitz was unable to attend MidSouthCon 33, at which the 2015 Darrell Awards were presented. He sent in remarks, which were read out by Cullen Johnson. Everyone enjoyed his remarks so much that we asked for his permission to share them here on the blog. He graciously agreed to allow us to do so.

The shortest Oscar acceptance speech in history was Alfred Hitchcock for his lifetime achievement award.He picked up the statue and simply said, “Thank you.”  Then he left the stage.  That’s it.  I have always fantasized about winning an Oscar and only saying, “Thanks,” so I could be in the record books (suck it, Hitchcock!).  But then some joker would win one, smile and nod, then walk off without a word and I’d be back to being a footnote.  Ah well. 

I think the lesson here is that we all fantasize about winning awards and what we’d say when we won.  The experts all tout the same advice: be short and sweet, don’t read a list, and don’t ramble.  I am neither short, nor sweet.  I like lists.  And I tend to ramble. 

With all that said, I wouldn’t have won this award if it wasn’t for Memphis.  Memphis is Beale Street.  Memphis is Elvis.  Memphis is barbeque.  Memphis is Shelby Foote.  Memphis is Stax Records.  Memphis is the Lorraine Motel.  Memphis was a place I’d been before and a place I wanted to talk about in my fiction. 

When I sat down to write Dream Thief in 2012 I set the book in my childhood home of Atlanta, but I wanted John Lincoln’s adventures to take him all over the South.  I wanted to shine a light on the people I knew and the different cultures I loved.  I wanted my readers to be as excited as I was about the South.  I wanted them to feel the music, the food, the crime, and the history.  I wanted to write about the secrets we keep and the faces we show the world.  And I hope the irony of a character with the last name Lincoln touring the South is not lost on you. 

I also wouldn’t have won this award without Greg Smallwood.  Greg is the artist on, and co-creator of, Dream Thief.  His powerful visuals and deft storytelling made this comic the best it could be.  He used his own family photos of their trip to Graceland as reference for the story.  He was fully invested, and it shows.  I’d also like to thank our editor Patrick Thorpe and our publisher Dark Horse Comics.  They saw fit to let us do our thing and never meddle.  They gave us the freest of reins, so part of this award belongs to them. 

Finally, I’d like to thank my two sons.  They haven’t gotten to see the world the way I have, but one place I know I’ll take them is Memphis for a Lot-A-Burger. 

Thanks to the Darrell Awards, the voters, and the readers.  To my knowledge, a comic book has never won the award, so it’s nice to be first, but it’s nicer to know that my chosen medium is taken seriously by the fine folks of a town I love.  Thank you all.