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. )


2020 Darrell Awards Nominations Are Open

The 2020 Darrell Awards Jury met on Sunday, September 8, 2019, and rapidly got its business done. What that means is:


You can nominate using the form in any of the following formats:



2020-Nomination-Form-with-Rules-docx, or


If you need it in a different format, please let us know and we will see what we can do.

As in previous years, the Rules are attached to the Nomination Form, but you do not need to send those pages back to us — just complete the form, save page 1, and send that page back.

Please check back here for further news as it develops.

If you live in the Memphis area and would like to participate as a member of the Jury or as an Official Reader, please contact us, as we are pleased to welcome new voluteers to our ranks. (Please see our About the Darrell Awards page for email and other methods of contacting us.)


2019 Darrell Awards Honorees Announced

The 2019 Darrell Awards were presented on Saturday, March 16, 2019, during the Banquet at MidSouthCon 37, here in Memphis, Tennessee.

The 2019 Darrell Awards Jury is very pleased to announce the following results of our deliberations.

Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award
Troy L. Wiggins for his extraordinary contributions to Midsouth literacy, more specifically his many published short stories and his founding of a new SF magazine – FIYAH LIT MAG.


Best Midsouth Novel
Winner – Every Wind of Change by Frank Tuttle
First Runner-Up – In The Service of Luna by John E. Siers

Best Midsouth Novella
Winner – Find the Lady by Kevin Andrew Murphy (as seen in Mississippi Roll – a Wild Cards novel/shared world anthology)
First Runner-Up – The Hairy Man by William Alan Webb


Best Midsouth Other Media Work
Winner – Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Dog Men by Mark Powers
First Runner-Up – Amazing Grace (Season 3, Episode 14 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) by Matthew Maala and Tyron B. Carter


Best Midsouth Short Story
Winner – Knob Hill Haunt by Frank Tuttle
First Runner-Up – Teddy Bump by Sheree Renee Thomas (as seen in Fiyah Lit Magazine)
Finalist – Family Circle by L.A. Story (as seen in End of the World Potluck)


So, there you have — the Honored Works and Authors of 2019.

Please support these outstanding authors — Buy their books and read or watch their stories !