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


2012 Darrell Awards Finalists

The 2012 Darrell Awards Jury is pleased to announce the Finalists for Best Midsouth SF/F/H work in their respective categories.

Young Adult :

  • Frank Tuttle for All the Paths of Shadow &
  • Bryan Davis for Starlighter

Short Stories:

  • Allan Gilbreath for The Adjudication of Hetty Green (in Lawyers In Hell) and for The Locked Door (in Dreams of Steam II);
  • Jackie Gamber for Permanent Residence (in parAbnormal Digest);
  • Laura H. Smith for Winnet’s Octavion (in Dreams of Steam II); &
  • Victor Lorthos for Of Heroes and Airships (in Dreams of Steam II).


  • A. Christopher Drown for Path of an Arrow; &
  • H. David Blalock for High Kings.


  • Jeaniene Frost for This Side of the Grave;
  • John Hornor Jacobs for Southern Gods; &
  • Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) for Deadline.

Each Finalist will be invited to attend MidSouthCon 30 on Sat. March 24 for the Banquet, at which the winners, first runners-up & finalists recognition will be presented.

SEANAN MCGUIRE (Mira Grant) will be inducted into the Coger Memorial Hall of Fame at the Banquet, as well.

2011 Best MidSouth Science Fiction & Fantasy Stories

The 2011 Darrell Award for Best Midsouth Short Story goes to “Bobbie Sue Almost Got Married” by vickie malone kennedy, published in A Bubba In Time Saves None, from Yard Dog Press. (The book is available here: http://yarddogpress.com/A%20Bubba%20In%20%20Time.htm) .

Our new Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame award winner is Katherine Allred for her 2 excellent novels, Close Encounters and Close Contact. (Please see her website at: http://katherineallred.com/).

The 2011 Best Midsouth Novella is Cadaver Client by Frank Tuttle, a Markhat the Finder story.

The 2011 Best Midsouth Novel is The Banshee’s Walk by Frank Tuttle, also a Markhat the Finder story.

(All of Frank’s Markhat stories can be ordered here:

The 2011 Best Other Media-Film is Daylight Fades by Allen Gardner & Old School Productions. (Please see the film’s website at : http://www.daylightfades.com/).

The 2011 Darrell Awards were presented during the Banquet at MidSouthCon 29 on Saturday, March 26, 2011, with Cullen Johnson doing the presenting, ably assisted by Ellen Gamber.

The new Young Adult category will be bestowed in 2012 & will include all the YA works nominated for the 2011 & 2012 Darrell Awards.

First-Runners Up, Finalists & Semi-Finalists are listed in a pdf file on the Darrell Awards website at http://darrellawards.org/Darrell-2011-RESULTS.pdf.

Details of each work honored will appear on this blog as soon as possible.