The First Deadline of 2018 Darrell Awards is Approaching

The first of our 3 deadlines for the 2018 Darrell Awards is coming up soon.

The deadlines are:

1) Publication by October 31, 2017. If it is not published by then, it is not eligible for the 2018 Awards. It may be eligible for the 2019 Darrell Awards, but not the 2018 ones.

2) Nomination by December 1, 2017. If it is not nominated by December 1st (earlier than in previous years due to MidSouthCon being earlier in March), it will not be considered, even if it is eligible. SOME eligible works may still still qualify for nomination in future years for the Hall of Fame award, but not all of them will — so get your nominations in by December 1st.

3) Finalists will be released by February 1, 2018.

So, there you have it. Published no later than Halloween of this year, nominated no later than December 1st of this year, and we will let everyone know who the Finalists are by February 1 of 2018.

Please see the nominations form on our website at


2016 Darrell Awards Jury is Now Meeting

The 2016 Darrell Awards Jury started meeting in June and we had our 2nd meeting earlier tonight. From what I have seen so far, it looks like another good year of friendly banter and passionate discussions about the books and short stories that are nominated — and we already have several novels, short stories, Young Adult and Hall of Fame nominees in either ebook or printed forms to read.

In particular, within the past week or so, we received two large packages of printed books from different authors — multiple books from each. So, every member of the Jury went home tonight with goodies to enjoy.

We are now settling into our schedule of meetings and will be reading right up to the deadline.

Speaking of deadlines, here are the three that matter:

October 31, 2015 — if your work is not published by Halloween of this year, it can not be considered for the 2016 Darrell Awards or the 2016 Coger Hall of Fame. This is the publication deadline. Anything published after that will have to be held for 2017 consideration if it qualifies.

January 1, 2016 — if your work is not nominated by 1-1-16, it can not be considered for the 2016 Darrell Awards or the 2016 Coger Hall of Fame. This is the nomination deadline. If your work is not nominated by this deadline, please see the Hall of Fame rules to see whether it qualifies for future consideration as such.

March 1, 2016 — the Jury’s deadline to turn in a list of Finalist to MidSouthCon. We will not release a list of those who have been merely nominated. We WILL release a list of Finalists and that list will appear here on this site as soon as possible after March 1st.

Please see the 2016 Nomination Form here in order to nominate your work.


2015 Darrell Awards Nominations Closed

The deadline for Nominations for the 2015 Darrell Awards was 1-1-15. That means that Nominations are now closed.

We have an interesting and eclectic group of nominated works this time and the Jury has been meeting for months to read and discuss the possibilities. Now that nominations are closed, we can focus in on what is good enough to be a Finalist or Winner in each category.

When the list of Finalists becomes available, it will be posted here on the Darrell Awards blog.

The 2015 Darrell Awards will be presented during the Banquet at MidSouthCon. Please see for details of the convention.