2022 Darrell Awards Winners Announced

On Saturday March 26, 2022, at the Banquet at MidSouthCon 38, the following 2022 Darrell Awards were presented.

Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award: Sheree Renée Thomas for her extraordinary contributions to literacy in the Midsouth and the world.

Sheree Renée Thomas –
Hall of Fame Award

Best Midsouth Novel:

  • Winner: Serpent’s Mark by Beth Alvarez
  • First Runner-up: The Girl Who Had No Shadows by John and Victoria Babb
  • Additional Finalists: The Ferryman by John E. Siers and The Dragons of Styx by John E. Siers
Beth Alvarez –
Best Midsouth Novel Award

Best Midsouth Novella

  • Winner: Madam and The Map: A Journey in Five Movements by Sheree Renée Thomas (in Nine Bar Blues collection)
  • First Runner-up: Shadows Before Sunrise by Melissa Olthoff (in It Takes All Kinds anthology)
Sheree Renée Thomas –
Best Midsouth Novella

Best Midsouth Short Story

  • Winner: Five-Six-Seven-Eight by James Paavola (in Lies Along the Mississippi anthology)
  • First Runner-up: Well Being by Elden Lee
  • Additional Finalists:
  • Dead Man’s Hand by Phyllis Appleby (in Lies Along the Mississippi)
  • The Orisha’s Handmaiden by Angelyn Sherrod (in Lies Along the Mississippi)
  • Never Alone by Angelyn Sherrod (in Lies Along the Mississippi)
  • Shanequa’s Blues — Or Another Shotgun Lullaby by Sheree Renée Thomas (in Nine Bar Blues)
James Paavola –
Best Midsouth Short Story

Congratulations to all the Winners, First Runners-up, and additional Finalists.

All of the honorees were present at the Awards ceremony except the Babbs and Ms Olthoff. The certificates for those 2 will be mailed to them in protective sleeves.

Please check back here shortly for a major update on the Darrell Awards. (If you were present at the Banquet, you already know what this news is. )

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2022 Darrell Awards Finalist Works

We previously announced the names of the authors whose works made them Finalists for a 2022 Darrell Award in one or more category.

Now, it’s time to announce the works that have been chosen for recognition.

Best Midsouth Novel

  • The Dragons of Styx by John E. Siers
  • The Ferryman by John E. Siers
  • The Girl Who Had No Shadow by John and Victoria Babb
  • Serpent’s Mark by Beth Alvarez

Best Midsouth Novella

  • Madam & The Map: A Journey in Five Movements by Sheree Renée Thomas (in Nine Bar Blues collection)
  • Shadows Before Sunrise by Melissa Olthoff (in It Takes All Kinds anthology)

Best Midsouth Short Story

  • Dead Man’s Hand by Phyllis Appleby (in Lies Along the Mississippi anthology)
  • Five-Six-Seven-Eight by Jim Paavola (in Lies Along the Mississippi anthology)
  • The Orisha’s Handmaiden by Angelyn Sherrod (in Lies Along the Mississippi anthology)
  • Never Alone by Angelyn Sherrod (in Lies Along the Mississippi anthology)
  • Shanequa’s Blues — Or Another Shotgun Lullaby by Sheree Renée Thomas (in Nine Bar Blues collection)
  • Well Being by Elden Lee

There were no nominations received for Young Adult or Other Media works.

As previously announced, Sheree Renee Thomas is the 2022 winner of our Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame. See that annoucement here.


Thanks to the generosity of the MidSouthCon Board, the Darrell Awards Jury is pleased to invite each of the named authors to be our guests at the Awards Banquet at MidSouthCon on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Each of the Finalists will have a one day (Saturday only) pass and a Banquet ticket waiting for them at Convention Registration on Saturday March 26.

For details on MidSouthCon, please see their website at midsouthcon.org

The winners will each receive a plaque. The First Runners Up and other Finalists will each receive a framed certificate if they are present at the Awards Banquet.

For any winners who do not attend the Banquet, their plaque will be shipped to them.

For Finalists who do not attend, their certificate will be mailed to them. (Those mailed will be unframed due to the expenses involved with shipping.)

Congratulations to all the Finalists. Please join us at the Banquet to see who won — or check back here after the Convention is over for that announcement.

2022 Darrell Awards Finalists Announced

The 2022 Darrell Awards Jury recently wrapped up our deliberations and we’ve chosen works by the following authors as Finalists for the 2022 Darrell Awards.

Beth Alvarez
Phyllis Appleby
John and Victoria Babb
Elden Lee
Melissa Olthoff
Jim Paavola
John E. Siers
Angelyn Sherrod and
Sheree Renee Thomas

Details of the recognized works will be posted here on darrellawards.org soon. Please check back here for that.


Updated Wednesday Feb 9, 2022