The Darrell Awards Jury is pleased to announce that Nominations are now open for the 2018 Darrell Awards.
This year, we are accepting nominations for Best Midsouth Novel, Novella, and Short Story, as well as Young Adult works and the Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award.
In order to be considered, the work must be published no later than October 31, 2017, and nominated no later than December 1, 2017.
PLEASE NOTE: the Nomination Deadline is one month earlier than it has been, mostly because MidSouthCon will be held almost a month earlier than usual in 2018. The Darrell Awards are presented at the Banquet at MidSouthCon, so when that event is held earlier, we have to adjust our deadlines.
This also means that we will turn in a list of Finalists sooner. Look for that Finalists List to be available by February 1, 2018.
Young Adult Works will be considered for two years. So, if it is otherwise eligible and is a Young Adult work, you can nominate it — if it was published between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2017.
For Novels, Novellas, and Short Stories, we are looking at just one year (as usual) — November 1 of 2016 to October 31 of 2017.
The Hall of Fame Award is for a work or works that were not considered during their year(s) of eligibility. So, there are no publication deadlines for the Hall of Fame Award — just the Nomination Deadline, which applies to everything.
All works must be nominated by December 1, 2017, or they will not be considered for the 2018 Darrell Awards or the Hall of Fame Award.
Also, please note that we have a new Chairperson, so the addresses to send your nominations and your nominated works have changed. The new addresses are on the Nomination Form.
You can find the 2018 Darrell Awards Nomination Form in multiple formats here: 2018 Darrell Awards Nominations Forms.
Please see the Rules attached to the Nomination Form, as we have added a new Rule at the end to state how we will handle the plaques and the certificates that have been a mainstay of the Awards Presentation at the Banquet for the 20+ years of these Awards.
The new Deadlines are also stated in the Rules, which go into detail about what does and what does not qualify for consideration.
We look forward to receiving your nominations and to considering your Midsouth SF/F/H.
2017 Best Novel plaque