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.
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
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)
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)
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. )