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The William Blackfox Awards - A.S. 35

The William Blackfox Awards

As was the case last year, there were some very difficult decisions to make to choose one winner for each category; there was so much excellent work to choose from! In some cases it was impossible (even with the varied opinions and backgrounds of the judges) and there are ties noted. 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. (Please note that all errors in spelling and misinformation are my errors. For these I humbly apologize.)

The winners, nominees, and "honorable mentions" of the Master William Blackfox Awards are permitted to use the Award logo on their newsletter with the appropriate notation. (Example: Winner of the A.S. 34 Best Over All Newsletter, A.S. 35 nominee for Best Article, or Honorable Mention, A.S. 35.) Individuals can add this accomplishment to their resume.

Congratulations to all participants in the A.S. 35 Master William Blackfox Awards!

In faithful service,
honor
Honor of Restormel, Society Chronicler

The following nominations are for submissions covering May 1, 2000 - April 31, 2001.

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:

The Dragon's Tongue, Shire of Dragon's Mist (An Tir) Chronicler: Oriana of Myrtlewood.
Scramasaex, Shire of Ravenshore (West) Chronicler: Raghnailt.
Darkwood Drum, Barony of Darkwood (West) Chronicler: Mistress Anastasia Ivanovna.
The Sandpaper, Shire of Barren Sands (East) Chronicler: Lady Svea the Short-sighted.
The Carolingian Miniscule, Barony of Carolingia (East) Chronicler: Eleanor Catlyng.
Arniwalcea, Barony of Aarnimetsä (Drachenwald) Chronicler: Lady Angharad ferch Morfan.
Silversparren, Principality of Nordmark (Drachenwald) Chronicler: Rind.
Storm Tidings, Shire of Adamastor (Drachenwald) Chronicler: Lady Jehanne de Hugeunin.
The Scroll, Shire of Hinterland (Outlands) Chronicler: Lady Anaya Delcroix de Foix.
Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold (Artemisia) Chronicler: Lady Rafaella dei Montagne C.
Beul nam Beinnean, Barony of Sentinel's Keep (Artemisia) Chronicler: Lord Mstislav Novgorodskii.
Wyvern's Tale, Barony of Wyvernwood (Trimaris) Chronicler: Lady Fiona ni Donnchadha.
At Sword's Point, Shire of Sangre del Sol (Trimaris) Chronicler: Lord Larak.
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere (Caid) Chronicler: Lord Johannes Spiess von Hochwald.
Serpent's Tongue, Barony of Calafia (Caid) Chronicler: Lady Amanda O'Kellahan.
The Battered Blade, Shire of An Dun Thiene (Meridies) Chronicler: Maol.
Dragon's Breath, Shire of Wyrmgeist (Meridies) Chronicler: Lasair Ingean mhic Seon.
Crystal Quill, Barony of Norskogen (Middle) Chronicler: Mistress Cassandra of the Western Green
SCAndelcrag, Barony of Andelcrag (Middle) Chronicler: Lord Dalkrvor the Intimid.
The Barge, Barony of Three Rivers (Calontir) Chronicler: THL Slaine ni Chiarain.
The Windlore, Barony of Windmaster's Hill (Atlantia) Chronicler: Lord Manus MacDhai.
Clyffe Notes, Barony of Dun Carraig (Atlantia) Chronicler: Lady Amalia Künne.
Elfsea Scroll, Barony of Elfsea (Ansteorra) Chronicler: Lord Timothy of Glastonbury.
The Flamebearer, Barony of Wiesenfeuer (Ansteorra) Chronicler: Lady Celeste le Charmante.
Ursus, Barony of Septentria (Ealdormere) Chronicler: Lord Drottin Dunnar de Blacwode.
Palm Prints, Barony of Atenveldt (Atenveldt) Chronicler: Mistress Dascha Alexandrova Rostova.

Best Layout and Design

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

The nominees were:

The Whispering Falls, Shire of Brad Leah (Ansteorra) Chronicler: Lady Bianca Montegna.
La Fleur, Canton of Lindenwood (Ansteorra) Chronicler: Lady Margarite McBridin.
Tal Mere Tidings, The Incipient Shire of Tal Mere (Meridies) Chronicler: Baron Iron John Ironstone.
The Equinox, Shire of Sol Haven (Meridies) Chronicler: Mistress Bronwen o Gydweli.
Crystal Quill, Barony of Norskogen (Middle) Chronicler: Mistress Cassandra of the Western Green.
The Village Idiot, Barony of Windhaven (Middle) Chronicler: Brigid Conner.
The Tower, Shire of Lost Moor (Calontir) Chronicler: Lady Fionna McClancy.
Drekkar, Barony of Storvik (Atlantia) Chronicler: Arbogast of Diedenhofen.
The Nod-Y-Rit, Barony of Tir-Y-Don (Atlantia) Chronicler: Lord John Forneau.
Gryphon's Roar, Shire of Gryphon's Lair (Artemisia) Chronicler: Lady Bianca da Ravenna.
The Bronzehelm Watch, Shire of Bronzehelm (Artemisia) Chronicler: THL Rodrigo de Navarro.
Wyvern's Tale, Barony of Wyvernwood (Trimaris) Chronicler: Lady Fiona ni Donnchadha.
At Sword's Point, Shire of Sangre de Sol (Trimaris) Chronicler: Lord Larak.
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere (Caid) Chronicler: Lord Johannes Spiess von Hochwald.
Serpent's Tongue, Barony of Calafia (Caid) Chronicler: Lady Amanda O'Kellahan.
From the Tower, Barony of Southron Gaard (Caid) Chronicler: Sir Ulf fra Sjaeland.
The Dragon's Tongue, Shire of Dragon's Mist (An Tir) Chronicler: Oriana of Myrtlewood.
River Haven Rag, Barony of River Haven (West) Chronicler: Lady Katya Ivanovna.
Cataract, Barony of Rising Waters (Ealdormere) Chroniclers: Lady Briend Molyneaux d'Shanacashel and Baroness Genevieve Chastellain.
L'Echo des Cantons, Barony of Havre des Glaces (East) Chronicler: Seigneur Enndarick, "dit le preux".
Seahorse, Crown Province of Ostgardr (East) Chronicler: Mistress Rufina Cambrensis.
Arniwalcea, Barony of Aarnimetsä (Drachenwald) Chronicler: Lady Angharad ferch Morfan.
Silversparren, Principality of Nordmark (Drachenwald) Chronicler: Rind.
Twin Moons Missive, Barony of Twin Moons (Atenveldt) Chronicler: Lady Melisande Ptasznik.

Best Art

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

The nominees were:

Wyvern's Tale, Barony of Wyvernwood (Trimaris) Artist: Countess Maisie of Dunbarton. (September 2000 cover)
The Oak Leaf, Shire of Darach (Caid) Artist: Egann of Darachshire. (February 2001 cover)
The Serpent's Tongue, Barony of Calafia (Caid) Artist: Lord Dyfed MacDonald á Ceann-láidir. (November 2000 cover)
The Serpent's Tongue, Barony of Calafia (Caid) Artist: Lord Dyfed Mac Donald á Ceann-láidir. (February 2001 cover)
The Ambassador, Principality of Gleann Abhann (Meridies) Artist: Olaf Utherson. (May 2000 cover)
The Ambassador, Principality of Gleann Abhann (Meridies) Artist: Olaf Utherson. (March-April 2001 cover)
The Whetstone, Barony of Thor's Mountain (Meridies) Artist Aelfwyn of Temair. (June 2000 cover)
The Fortress, Barony of Caerthe (Outlands) Artist: Mistress Sadhbh (December 2000 cover)
Bayou Tapestry, Barony of Axemoor (Meridies) Artist: Lady Lucia Borromeo. (April 2001)
The Clarion, Barony of Forgotten Sea (Calontir) Artist: Lady Johanne of Fisher Gate. (January 2001 cover)
Mountain Mayhem, Barony of Hidden Mountain (Atlantia) Artist: Master Bran Trefonnen. (February 2001 cover)
The Windlore, Barony of Windmaster's Hill (Atlantia) Artist: Baroness Lucia Bellini. (May 2000 cover)
The Two Towers, Barony of Stargate (Ansteorra) Artist: Chris Jones (June 2000 cover)
Chronus Draconum, Barony of SunDragon (Atenveldt) Artist: Lord Robert Angus (January 2001 cover).
The Thunderbolt, Barony March of Mons Tonitrus (Atenveldt) Artist: Lady Kiara Wrynn of the Bells. (July 2000 cover)
Sandpaper, Shire of Barren Sands (East) Artist: Baron Master Tristan Alexander (of Atlantia). (September 2000 cover)
Sandpaper, Shire of Barren Sands (East) Artist: Lady Svea the Short-sighted. (January 2001 cover)
Crystal Ball, Shire of Crystal Moor (Trimaris) Artist: Brian MacDacey.
Darkwood Drum, Barony of Darkwood (West) Artist: Lord Raymond von den Lowengrab. (February 2001 cover)
Darkwood Drum, Barony of Darkwood (West) Artist: Lord Raymond von den Lowengrab. (April 2001 cover)
Silversparren, Principality of Nordmark (Drachenwald) Artist: Baron Marcus Lawless O'Toole (February 2001 back cover)
Dragon's Eye, Shire of Stan Wyrm (Artemisia) Artist: Master Pawel of Gdansk. (May 2000 cover)
Questing Quill, Barony of Loch Salann (Artemisia) Artist: Sir Gerald FitzGerald. (December 2000 cover)
The Horn of Narval, Shire of Narval Dorado (Trimaris) Artist: Lady Alessandra di Nicola da Vinci. (Second Quarter 2000 cover)

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:

The Mountain Mayhem, Barony of Hidden Mountain (Atlantia) Member Directory. Chronicler: Lady Cecelia Blythe.
Phoenix, Barony of Sacred Stone (Atlantia) Green Tape Issue. Chronicler: Lady Etain Cenlis.
The Bryniad Chronicle, Shire of Bryniad (West) January 2001 issue. Chronicler: Marisol.
Mudpuppy, Barony of Settmour Swamp (East) Anniversary Issue (March, A.S. XXXV). Chronicler: Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode.
Questing Quill, Barony of Loch Salann (Artemisia) A & S issue October 2000. Chronicler: Lady Rhiana MacGregor.
The Horn of Narval, Shire of Narval Dorado (Trimaris) Russian edition (Third Quarter 2000) Chronicler: Alessandra di Nicola da Vinci.
Phoenix Rising, College of Reannag Fhara (Caid) Anniversary issue (August - September 2000) Chronicler: Lord Ilar the Cheerful.
So Sayeth, Shire of Turm an dem See (Middle) Tribute Issue (December 2000) Chronicler: Anastasia Griselda McCoy.

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, Officers of the Chatelaine Office (Caid) April 2000. Chronicler: THL Ygraine o Gaerllion Fawr.
The Destrier, Royal Stables Newsletter (Artemisia) July-August 2000. Chronicler: THL Wilhelm von Adlersheim.
The Nib, Chronicler's Office (Caid) Chronicler: THL Ygraine o Gaerllion Fawr.
Ansteorran Gazette, Heralds newsletter (Ansteorra) November 2000 issue. Chronicler: Ihone MacEogan.
Artes Draconis, The Arts and Sciences Journal (Middle) February 2001 issue. Chronicler: Mistress Siobhan O'Neill

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:

Tal Mere Tidings, Incipient Shire of Tal Mere (Meridies) Author: Duchess Varia the Wolfslayer for "The Cote Hardy Boys."
The Equinox, Shire of Sol Haven (Meridies) Author: Lady Molli Rose Kekilpenny for "Above the Salt."
The Spearpoint, Barony of the Red Spears (Middle) Author: Aiden Alpin of Dunkeld for "The Silver Spoons."
SCAndelcrag, Barony of Andelcrag (Middle) Author: Lord Dálkrvor the Intimid for "Insanity Corner."
The Crescent, Shire of Crescent Moon (Calontir) Author: Lady Victoria la Russa for "Newcomer's Corner."
La Fontaine des Nouvelles, Shire of Fontaine Dans Sable (Outlands) Author: Lord Niccolo da Quagletta for "Two Saints Worth."
Phoenix, Barony of Sacred Stone (Atlantia) Author: Finn of Drachentor for "Little Baron Jason."
The Osprey, Shire of Spiaggia Levantina (Atlantia) Author: Connal Ruadh MagFhionnain for "All things Irish."
The Bridge, Shire of Middleford (Ansteorra) Author: Varied under guidance of Chronicler THL Keyna Morgan Oulton for "Getting to Know Your Shire."
The Bear Necessities, Barony of Bjornsborg (Ansteorra) Author: Master Cynric of Bedwyn for "Daze of Yore."
Eye of the Storm, Shire Storm (Trimaris) Author: Messer Giuseppe de Borgia for "Event Review."
Homgången, Shire of Holmrike (Drachenwald) Author: Lady Yrsa Drakdotter for "Häroldens Hörna" (Herald's Corner).
The Oak Leaf, Shire of Darach (Caid) Author THL Eilidh Swann of Strathlachlan for "Chatelaine's Corner."
Song of Llyr, Shire of Carreg Wen (Caid) Author: Lady Lorraina Tara Morgan Kylander for "A Snippet of History."
Tales from the Mist, Barony of Wintermist (Caid) Author: Duncan Greene for "Wooden Sticks and Iron Heads."
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere (Caid) Author: Baroness Eden Sommerhawke for "Out and About with Eden."
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere (Caid) Author: Lady Ealasiad nin Uilleim for "Notes from the Almanac."
The Siren, Barony of Stromgard (An Tir) Author Judita bat Ephraim Micas for "Uncle Reuben's Letters."
The Gatekeeper, Barony of Winter's Gate (West) Author: unknown for "Da'ud Bob Reviews"
Carolingian Minuscule, Barony of Carolingia (East) Author: Christian Lansinger von Iaveregk for "Influence of the Sterres."
Silversparren, Principality of Nordmark (Drachenwald) Author Fru Elin Helsings for artwork and cartoons which appear in the newsletter.
Otherwords from Otherhill, Shire of Otherhill (Artemisia) Author: Mistress Letitia des Montagnas Bleues for "History of Chocolates, Elixirs, Potions and Talismans."
Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold (Artemisia) Author: Lady Colleen Rowan Sheridan for "May We Present"

Best Article

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

The nominees were:

The Tente Post, Shire of LaGrand Tente (Calontir) Author: Glumr Asbjarnarson for "Here there be Dragons."
Currents, Shire of Rivierre Constelle (Middle) Author: Lady Meadbh for "A Medieval Herber."
The Forum, Barony of Cleftlands (Middle) Author: Ephraim ben Shlomo for "Chivalric Oath of Fealty, with Notes."
Undercurrents, Barony of Highland Foorde (Atlantia) Author: Diane Glewwe for "Wrapped Buttons."
The Phoenix, Barony of Sacred Stone (Atlantia) Author: Mistress Stephania Herring and Lord Pemestaik Nikulai Ivanovich for "Troll: Life Beneath the Bridge."
La Fleur, Canton of Lindenwood (Ansteorra) Author: Donald MacDonald for "What Day is it?"
It Cameth in the Mail, Barony of Bryn Gwlad (Ansteorra) Author THL Suvdchin of Moritu for "Banner Painting."
The Flotsam, Rivers Region of the (An Tir) Authors: Arlys o Gordon, Francessa Testarossa de Martini, James o Gordon, Liesl Andrico, Moreach nic Mhaolain, Sister Guineth the White, and Zenobia Naphtali for "What's Period?: A Newcomer's Guide to Fabrics."
Blatherings, Barony of Blatha An Oir (An Tir) Author: Sister Guineth the White for "A History of the An Tir Rebellion."
Montevale Knightly Knews, Shire of Montevale (East) Author: Lord Valdis of Gotland for "A & S Project Documentation Using Theophilus on 'Diverse Arts'"
Let It Be Known, Shire of Owl's Rest (East) Author: Mistress Linette de Gallardon for "How to get Involved."
Storm Tidings, Shire of Adamastor (Drachenwald) Author: Lord Guntram von Wolkenstein for "From the Herald" (August 2000).
Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold (Artemisia) Author: Thorvaldr Blx Eiriksson for "A Word or Two from a Former Constable."
Revelry, Barony of Darkwater (Trimaris) Author: Haakon Bjornson, Meistari, Baron of Darkwater for "Persona Sketch" (November 2000).
The Eye of the Storm, Shire Storm (Trimaris) Author: Lady Clotild Suessionensis for "On the Back Roads of Research" (May 2000).
Serpent's Tongue, Barony of Calafia (Caid) Author: THL Thea Northernridge for "A Brief History of Soap."
Serpent's Tongue, Barony of Calafia (Caid) Author: Baroness Brianna JeNeil Aislynn of Blue Shadows for "Needle Pulling Thread."
Serpent's Tongue, Barony of Calafia (Caid) Author: THL Judwiga Zajaczkowa for "Medieval and Renaissance Gardens."
Dragon's Breath, Shire of Wyrmgeist (Meridies) Author Baron Modar Neznanich for "Basic Research."
The Whetstone, Barony of Thor's Mountain (Meridies) Author: Magistra Rosemounde of Mercia for "A Pennsic Dream."
The Thunderbolt, Barony March of Mons Tonitrus (Atenveldt) Author: Master Odinele Reidleac for "A Peer of the Realm."

And the winners are: (ties are listed alphabetically)

Best Over-all Newsletter:
***TIE***
SCAndelcrag, Barony of Andelcrag (Middle) Chronicler: Lord Dalkrvor the Intimid.
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere (Caid) Chronicler: Lord Johannes Spiess von Hochwald.

Best Layout and Design:
L'Echo des Cantons, Barony of Havre des Glaces (East) Chronicler: Seigneur Enndarick, "dit le preux".

Best Artwork:
Mountain Mayhem, Barony of Hidden Mountain (Atlantia) Artist: Master Bran Trefonnen. (February 2001 cover)

Best Special Issue:
The Horn of Narval, Shire of Narval Dorado (Trimaris) Russian edition (Third Quarter 2000) Chronicler: Alessandra di Nicola da Vinci.

Best Special Interest Newsletter:
Artes Draconis (Middle) Chronicler: Mistress Siobhan O'Neill (Arts and Sciences Journal of the Middle Kingdom).

Best Regular Feature:
Silversparren, Principality of Nordmark (Drachenwald) Author Fru Elin Helsings for artwork and cartoons which appear in the newsletter.

Best Article
***TIE***
It Cameth in the Mail, Barony of Bryn Gwlad (Ansteorra) Author THL Suvdchin of Moritu for "Banner Painting."
The Phoenix, Barony of Sacred Stone (Atlantia) Author: Mistress Stephania Herring and Lord Pemestaik Nikulai Ivanovich for "Troll: Life Beneath the Bridge."

Honorable Mentions:These are nominations which didn't fit into the above categories who demonstrated excellence and dedication as noted. The majority of these nominations were made by the Kingdom Chroniclers, although some additions were made during the judging process.

Tal Mere Tidings, Shire of Tal Mere (Meridies) Chronicler: Baron John Ironstone.
Beautiful newsletter with a lot of extra effort made to ensure it is attractive, easy to read, and full of interesting information. Intensive use of color and theme artwork.

The Baelfyr, Isles Region of the (Drachenwald) Chronicler: Mariella d'Azzanno.
Color insert in the February 2001 issue.

Eichen Blatter, Barony of Drei Eichen (Drachenwald August 2000 issue submitted. Chronicler: Lady Arisa Novgorodkin.
For hard work against the odds and producing an attractive and readable newsletter.

Phoenix Rising, College of Reannag Fhara (Caid) October/November 2000 issue submitted. Chronicler: Lord Ilar the Cheerful.
For consistency in publishing a timely, informative, well formatted and readable newsletter.

Song of Llyr, Shire of Carreg Wen (Caid) October 2000 issue submitted. Chronicler Lady Collette Vittraria.
Excellent newsletter effort for a small group. Attractive use of color to make the newsletter exceptionally attractive.

The Ambassador, Principality of Gleann Abhann (Meridies) May 2000, March and April 2001 issues submitted. Chronicler: THL Brigid Mhor inghen Mhuirchada.
Dedication to producing a fine newsletter of consistent quality.

The Shadow Knows, Shire of Shadowdale (Calontir). June/July 2000 issue submitted. Chronicler: Lady Francesca Barozzi.
Valiant effort on the part of the Chronicler to produce an informative and attractive newsletter

Frog Leaps, Shire of Berley Cort (Atlantia) Chronicler: Heron of Froglea.
Readable and attractive newsletter done entirely without the use of a computer!

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