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.

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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

Nominations are Open — 2022 Darrell Awards

Nominations Are Now Open for the 2022 Darrell Awards

We had to skip presenting any Darrell Awards in 2021 due to the pandemic. As it now looks likely that there will be a Midsouthcon in 2022, the Jury has decided to open nominations for 2 years in all categories.

This means that we will consider your SFFH work IF it was published between November 1, 2019, and October 31, 2021.

As always, we’re looking for the best Midsouth SFFH, so if it’s by an author living in our area at the time of publication OR if at least 1 significant scene is set within our area, nominate it!

Nominations opened on August 1, 2021, and will close on December 1st of this year.

To protect the members of the jury and our Official Readers, we’re looking for digital submissions, if possible. One epub or mobi or pdf without DRM or a non-paywalled link to the work along with your nomination is greatly appreciated.

If you choose to send printed copies instead, we need at least 3 — and 4 is better.

Nomination forms can be found here in various formats: 2022 Nomination Forms. The rules are spelled out on the back page(s) of the Nomination Form.

Please note: you don’t need to send us the back page(s). All we need is the Nomination Form. We know what the Rules are. 😀

If you have any questions about these matters, please post them in the comments (or you can email us as below).

Go forth and Nominate ! Nominate! Nominate!