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The William Blackfox Awards - A.S. 34

The William Blackfox Awards

There were some very difficult decisions to make to choose the winners; there was so much excellent work to choose from! It is my great pleasure to be a part of this process and to see the beautiful artwork, excellent articles and terrific publications which serve the local populace of the SCA.

Congratulations to all participants in the A.S. 34 Master William Blackfox Awards!

In faithful service,
honor
Honor of Restormel, Society Chronicler

Best Overall Newsletter

The newsletter which best meets the needs of the local group or guild for which it is published. It should accurately reflect the status of the group and be a valuable tool for growth and promotion of SCA goals and ideals. Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

The nominees were:

Storm Tidings, Shire of Adamastor (Drachenwald). Chronicler: Lady Jehane de Huguenin.
Isen Geflüster, Shire of Isengau (Drachenwald). Chronicler: Duncan the Shepherd.
Serpent's Tongue, Barony of Calafia (Caid). Chronicler: Lady Amanda O'Kellahan.
Song of Llyr, Shire of Carreg Wen (Caid). Chronicler: Lady Collette Vittraria.
The Dreamspinner, Shire of Tempio (Ansteorra). Chronicler: Lord James de Warrenne.
The Gleaner, Shire of the Wastelands (Ansteorra). Chronicler:Baroness Ceridwen Tir Gwastraff.
Flames of the Dragon, Barony of the Dragon's Laire (AnTir). Chronicler: Lord Tyrus.
The Advantgarde, Principality of Avacal (AnTir). Chronicler: Siné Peregrina.
The Yeoman, Barony of the Bright Hills (Atlantia). Chronicler: Baroness Isabel of Biconyll.
The Falcon's Eye, Canton of Falcon Cree (Atlantia). Chronicler: Gwennan Prydydd.
The Thunderbolt, Barony March of Mons Tonitrus (Atenveldt). Chronicler: Lady Gwenillian ferch Llywelyn ab Ieuan.
Twin Moons Missive, Barony of Twin Moons (Atenveldt). Chronicler: HE Raffaelle de Mallorca.
A Sea Lion's Tale, Barony of Seleone (Meridies). Chronicler: Lady Ariana inghean mhic Aonghuis.
The Equinox, Shire of Sol Haven (Meridies). Chronicler: Mistress Bronwen o Gydweli.

Best Layout and Design

For the best-looking newsletter. Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

The nominees were:

Storm Tidings, Shire of Adamastor (Drachenwald). Chronicler: Lady Jehane de Huguenin.
Aarniwaleca, Barony of Aarnimetsa (Drachenwald). Chronicler: Angharad ferch Morfan.
From the Tower, Barony of Southern Gaard (Caid). Chronicler: Sir Ulf fra Sjaeland.
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere (Caid). Chronicler: Lord Johannes Spiess von Hochwald.
The Oracle, Barony of Bonwicke (Ansteorra). Chronicler: Kainin Tepesa.
La Fleur, Canton of Lindenwood (Ansteorra). Chronicler: Lady Margaret McBridin.
The Madrone Leaf, Barony of Madrone (AnTir). Chronicler: Genot Boulanger.
The Bi-Cranial Bear, Barony of Adiantum (AnTir). Chronicler: Qulan.
The Minstrel, Canton of Baelfire Dunn (Atlantia). Chronicler: Lord Owain ap Rhys.
Drekkar, Barony of Storvik (Atlantia). Chronicler: Arbogast of Diedenhofen.
The Bull, Barony of Stierbach (Atlantia). Chronicler: Lady Karen Larsdatter.
Tusker Times, Barony of Tir Ysgithr Panjandrum (Atenveldt). Chronicler: Lady Kathleen of Ashencourt.
Chronus Draconum, Barony of Sun Dragon (Atenveldt). Chronicler: Lord Colum MacEoghan.
The Equinox, Shire of Sol Haven (Meridies). Chronicler: Mistress Bronwen o Gydweli.
The Chronicles of Forth Castle, Shire of Forth Castle (Meridies). Chronicler: Marie de ceo de Kirymire.

Best Art

For artwork on the cover or interior of the newsletter. Awarded to the newsletter and the artist.

The nominees were:

The Oak Leaf, Shire of Darach (Caid). Artist: Eric Paulson.
The Oak Leaf, Shire of Darach (Caid). Artist: Lady Ismay of Giggleswick.
The Gleaner, Shire of the Wastelands (Ansteorra). Artist: Lord Connell McKenna.
The Wye's Mouth, Canton of Wyewood (AnTir). Artist: Deirdre Ros-wythe a Dunwyn.
The Northwind, Barony of Lion's Gate (AnTir). Artist: Niamh ny Ragallach.
Il Tempo, Barony of Ponte Alto (Atlantia). Artist: Lady Anastasia di Firenze.
Nod-Y-Rit, Barony of Tir-Y-Don (Atlantia). Artist: Dave Hernly.
5 pieces of cover art for five different groups in the Kingdom of Atlantia. Artist: Bran Trefonnen.
Tusker Times, Barony of Tir Ysgithr Panjandrum (Atenveldt). Artist: Pan Michal Volodiovski.
Chronus Draconum, Barony of Sun Dragon (Atenveldt). Artist: Lady Dementia.

Best Special Issue

For Arts & Sciences issues, or other limited-focus issues of a geographic group (Canton, Shire, Barony, etc.). Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

The nominees were:

Tournee de Lyonesse, Barony of Bjornsborg (Ansteorra). Chronicler: Hrolf Ivarsson.
Directory for the Barony of Marinus, Barony of Marinus (Atlantia). Chronicler: Becky Owens.
Twin Moons Birthday Issue, Barony of the Twin Moons (Atenveldt). Chronicler: Kylan Gray Wolf of Ravenwood.

Best Special Interest Newsletter

This category recognizes guild newsletters, research newsletters, and Arts & Science focus newsletters (such as lace-making). Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

The nominees were:

The Chatterbox (Caid). Chronicler: THL Ygraine and Lady Anna Grace.
The Ansteorran Gazette (Ansteorra). Chronicler: AElfwyn aet Gyrwum.
AnTir's Best Dirt (AnTir). Chronicler: Lady Thera Von Villach
Herald's Point (Atlantia). Chronicler: Mistress Rhiannon ui Neill.
Arachne's Web (Atlantia). Chronicler: Mistress Francesca la Curiosa.
Giusti I Fatti A & S Issue, Barony of Ponte Alto (Atlantia). Chronicler: Baron Corum MacAnndra
Penfeathers (Meridies). Chronicler: Lady Molli Rose Kekilpenny.

Best Regular Feature

For those cartoons, articles,and columns which appear regularly in the particular newsletter. Awarded to the creator or feature writer and the newsletter.

The nominees were:

Silversparren, Principality of Nordmark (Drachenwald). Cartoons by Fru Elin Helsings.
The Baelfyr, Isles Region (Drachenwald). Persona Stories edited by Lady Margaret Hepburn of Ardrossan.
Bear Necessities, Barony of Bjornsborg (Ansteorra). ExTempore by Cynric of Bedwyn.
The Oracle, Barony of Bonwicke (Ansteorra). Tales of Sir Lancelittle by Lady Oriana Francesco.
The Minstrel, Canton of Baelfire Dunn (Atlantia). The Quest by Lord Owain Ap Rhys
The Phoenix, Barony of the Sacred Stone (Atlantia). Little Baron Jason by Finn the Wild
Twin Moons Missive, Barony of Twin Moons (Atenveldt). Historian's Corner by Lady Gillian.
Chronus Draconum, Barony of Sun Dragon (Atenveldt). Little Dragon by Lady Beatrice.
A Sea Lion's Tale, Barony of Seleone (Meridies). This Month in History by Lady Arianna inghean mhic Aonghius
The Clouded Issue, Barony of Grey Niche (Meridies). Top Ten Lists by THL Dulinn.

Best Article

Recognizes the author of an outstanding article. Awarded to the writer and the newsletter.

The nominees were:

Storm Tidings, Shire of Adamastor (Drachenwald). Bakongo by Jan Van Seist.
Whispering Falls, Shire of Brad Leah (Ansteorra). Homemaking in the Middle Ages by Jacqueline Von Kern.
Quoth the Raven, Barony of Raven's Fort (Ansteorra). Carnival of Mardi Gras - A Dark Review by Lord Marius Atreidae.
King's Garb, Barony of Myrgan Wood (AnTir). The New Millennium (1000 AD) by Wulfric Aethealborne.
AnTir's Best Dirt (AnTir). Plantings: The Coffin'd Plant or a Containing Treatise on Container Gardening in the Current Middle Ages by Desideria Caeulea.
The Rogue, Canton of Attillium (Atlantia). Medieval European Long Toed Shoes by Mark Carlson.
Clyffe Hangers, Barony of Dun Carraig (Atlantia). The Fourteenth Century Kitchen- A Guided Tour by Minowara Kiritsubo.
The Thunderbolt, Barony March of Mons Tonitius (Atenveldt). My Persona by Odinele Reidleac.
Palm Prints, Barony of Atenveldt (Atenveldt). Banner Making by THL Fiona Gwyllt Wynne.
Good Tidings of Arenal, Shire of Arenal (Meridies). The Eulogy of Blue Rue by Thorgrimm Hildulfson.
The Battered Blade, Shire of An Dun Theine (Meridies). Fools and Jesters by Lady Alyss MacConnich Uallas with Lisa Nelsen-Woods

And the winners are:

Best Over-all Newsletter:
Storm Tidings, Shire of Adamastor, (Drachenwald). Chronicler: Lady Jehane de Huguenin.

Best Layout and Design:
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere (Caid). Chronicler: Lord Johannes Spiess von Hochwald.

Best Artwork:
The Oak Leaf, Shire of Darach (Caid). Artist: Eric Paulson.

Best Special Issue:
Directory for the Barony of Marinus, Barony of Marinus, (Atlantia). Chronicler: Becky Owens.

Best Special Interest Newsletter:
Penfeathers (Meridies). Chronicler: Lady Molli Rose Kekilpenny.

Best Regular Feature:
The Oracle, Barony of Bonwicke (Ansteorra). Tales of Sir Lancelittle by Lady Oriana Francesco.

Best Article
(TIED): King's Garb, Barony of Myrgan Wood (AnTir). The New Millennium (1000 AD) by Wulfric Aethealborne
AND
Clyffe Hangers, Barony of Dun Carraig (Atlantia). The Fourteenth Century Kitchen- A Guided Tour by Minowara Kiritsubo.

Honorable Mentions: There are two honorable mentions for this year's Awards.

First, the Nod-Y-Rit, Barony of Tir-Y-Don (Atlantia), Artist: Dave Hernly. The issue submitted was their 25th anniversary issue and it had a stunning cover of color photographs. It was the nicest looking cover submitted! Actually, the best looking newsletter cover I have seen. They were not included in the final judging for artwork as the medium was so far removed from the others and it appeared to be a case of comparing apples and oranges. So, The Nod-Y-Rit is awarded The Best Cover Award for A.S. 34!

Second, is special recognition of the work of Lord Edward and Rebecca for The Chronicles of the Shire of Granholme (Atenveldt). This couple have been dedicated Chroniclers, producing newsletters to meet the needs of their populace. While the newsletters are not glitzy or extensive, there is some solid dedication apparent in the work of these fine people. If you don't believe me, ask their Kingdom Chronicler.

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