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

Films & the Darrell Awards 

The Darrell Awards has always had a rule that works are qualified by writer and/or story, not production elements. The story has to be science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror.

Stories about people who believe in fantastical things don’t count as fantasy stories unless those things make an appearance in the story. 

Stories that don’t have content that the Jury considers to be science fiction,  fantasy,  or horror will be eliminated pretty early in our deliberations. A book about a group of SF fans going to a con and having adventures there would not be considered SF as it doesn’t matter what the characters believe — it matters what the story is about. So, a film about ghost hunters where no actual ghosts appear in the film, while it may be an entertaining spoof and enjoyable to watch, does not qualify as SF/F/H and won’t be considered for our Awards.

Filming locations are not story settings, except when the story makes them so.

Stories that don’t have at least one significant scene set within our area don’t qualify unless the author of the story lived in the area when it was published. For movies, this means the script writer has to live here when the film is first made available for the public to view it; or it must contain significant scenes set here. The filming locations, where the film is produced, where the actors live, where the directors live or work  — none of that matters to us as those are neither author or story elements.

Actors or directors are not writers (except when they do both roles).

We have to stick to these limits for two reasons. 

First, it would be unfair to give film more leeway than other works when it comes to what is considered. We set up the limits on the novels, novellas, short stories, and young adult works for good and sufficient cause. So, this is just clarifying that the same rules apply to film as to the other categories. 

Second, the reason we set up those limits was to focus on the works that are most clearly “greater Memphis” by story or author. That focus still leaves us many works to consider every year. Removing that focus would overwhelm the volunteers who serve as the Jury. 

If you have any questions about these matters, please feel free to contact us via email at memphissf at cs dot com.

2017 Darrell Award Nominations are Closed 

The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Darrell Awards has passed and nominations are now closed. 

The Jury is busy reading and watching and critiquing the nominees. We are pushing to have a list of Finalists ready by March 1st. 

If you’ve ever won a Darrell Award or been a Finalist and you’re planning to attend Saturday of MidSouthCon 35 in late March, you’re invited to participate in the annual Darrell Awards panel. This is to spread the news about your works and to build some excitement about the Awards before they’re presented at the Banquet later that day. Please contact us at memphissf at cs dot com for details. 

Of course, if your work is chosen as a Finalist this year, we’ll contact you to let you know (if we have your contact info), as all current-year Finalists receive one free pass to MidSouthCon on Saturday and one free Banquet ticket. 

So, check back here after March 1st for the announcement of the 2017 Finalists for the Darrell Awards.