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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News on the 2022 Darrell Awards

We are pleased to announce that there will be Darrell Awards presented at MidSouthCon in March of 2022.

The 2022 Darrell Awards will include the best Midsouth science fiction, fantasy, and horror works published from November 1, 2019, to October 31, 2021 (2 full years) in all 5 of our usual categories — novel, novella, short story, other media, and young adult.

Also, our 2022 Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award for lifetime achievement and/or exemplary contributions to literacy will be presented at the same event. Our Hall of Fame Award is not limited by year of publication.

Nominations for the 2022 Darrell Awards and Hall of Fame Award will open on August 1, 2021, and close on December 1, 2021.

Please check back here on (or just before) August 1st for nomination forms in various formats.

If you’re interested in helping us to select the 2022 Darrell Awards and Hall of Fame Award by serving on the Jury or by being an Official Reader, please contact us at darrellawards at Gmail dot com (spelled out for reasons).

News on 2020 Darrell Awards

As the Darrell Awards have been presented at MidSouthCon every year (except the 1 year there was no con) and as this year’s MidSouthCon has been postponed due to the COVID19 pandemic, the question has been raised :

What About the 2020 Darrell Awards?

First, they will be given.

Second, the Winners and Runners-up and other Finalists will be announced here and on other social media.

Third, the details of how and when for the above will be decided by the Jury shortly.

We want to have a robust discussion on this situation with an eye toward establishing a protocol for future use — and to do so while respecting the requirements of social distancing.

So, please be patient. And please check back here in a day or two.

If you have questions, email us.