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The William Blackfox Awards - A.S. 40

The William Blackfox AwardsGreetings -
This is my third year administering the Master William Blackfox awards, and the first year we have made it very clear that electronic newsletters are eligible for these honours. I hope to see more electronic newsletters nominated in the future, as I know that many groups are looking to this type of newsletter to help save costs, yet continue to publish a high-quality newsletter. I have singled out three entries for special commendation as electronic newsletters or features. Next year, I expect to add three categories for electronically-distributed newsletters or features, and we may look into expanding the awards into websites with the assistance of the Society Webminister.

Every year, I see some familiar newsletters appear once again amongst the nominees, but I always am surprised to see a newsletter I've never seen before. I am also always pleased when a new kingdom participates in the Awards their first year, as Gleann Abhann has done. This year, as I did last year, I have chosen a winner and a commended entry in each category. Winners will receive a Blackfox token, a certificate, and the right to use "Master William Blackfox Award Winner, (category), AS XL" in their newsletters along with the Blackfox logo. Commended entries will receive a certificate as well. Please help me congratulate this year's winners.

Nicolaa de Bracton
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 winner:
Baronial Banner, Barony of Starkhafn [Caid], Baroness Aoibheall an Sionnach, Chronicler.
Commended:
The Unicorn’s Tale, Shire of Trinovantia Nova [Ealdormere], Lady Dionegia Melanesi and Lady Muirne Ultach, Chroniclers.
The remaining nominees:
Ansteorra
Quoth the Raven, Barony of Raven’s Fort, Lord Devin Phelan O’Donnabhain, Chronicler.
An Tir
The Squirrel Press, Caonton of Akonebir, Ragnhildr Thorisdottir, Chronicler.
The Leaf Lette, Shire of Myrtleholt, Mor Ron ingen Cennetig, Chronicler.
Atlantia
The Talon, Barony of Hawkwood, Lady Muriele of Aberdeen, Chronicler.
Caid
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere, Lord Tighearnan Cearrbhach O’Faolain, Chronicler
Drachenwald
Hwita Stjerna, Barony of Styringheim, Lady Asvni Botvidsdottir, Chronicler.
Silversparren, Principality of Nordmark Lady Uvhild Ingesdotter Skragge, Chronicler.
The Baelfyr, Crown Principality of Insulae Draconis, Pomestnitsa Marina Olganova vlye Thoting Gravenel, Chronicler.
Storm Tidings, Shire of Adamastor, Master Guntram von Wolkenstein, Chronicler.
Ealdormere
The Ursus, Barony of Septentria, Lady Naja Kesali, Chronicler.
East
The Cascadian, Shire of Glenn Linn, Leuca ferch Robert, Chronicler.
The Ironstar, Shire of Eisental, Kagiyama Shinobu, Chronicler.
Gleann Abhann
Bayou Tapestry, Barony Axemoor, THL Ifor de Leycester, Chronicler.
Midrealm
Thunder’s Quill, Shire of Donnershafen, Lady Maebh, Chronicler.
The Citadel, Barony of Cynnabar, Lady Hannah Schreiber, Chronicler.

Best Layout and Design

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

The winner:
Storm Tidings, Shire of Adamastor [Drachenwald], Master Guntram von Wolkenstein, Chronicler.
Commended:
The Citadel, Barony of Cynnabar [Midrealm], Lady Hannah Schreiber, Chronicler.
The remaining nominees:
Æthelmearc
Full Tilt, Barony of Delftwood, Lady Helene al-Zarqa, Chronicler.
An Tir
The Squirrel Press, Canton of Akornebir, Ragnhildr Thorisdottir, Chronicler.
The Leaf Lette, Shire of Myrtleholt, Mor Ron ingen Cennetig, Chronicler.
Atlantia
Il Tempo, Barony of Ponte Alto, Lady Courteny de Houghton, Chronicler.
Drachenwald
Hwita Stjerna, Barony of Styringheim, Lady Asvni Botvidsdottir, Chronicler.
Silversparren, Principality of Nordmark, Lady Uvhild Ingesdotter Skragge, Chronicler.
Ealdormere
The Ursus, Barony of Septentria, Lady Naja Kesali, Chronicler
East
Quid Nunc, Barony of Ruantallan, Lord Wynfred aet Hurtandune, Chronicler.
Gleann Abhann
Bayou Tapestry, Barony of Axemoor, THL Ifor de Leycester, Chronicler.

Best Art

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

I have chosen to recognize one color and one black-and-white entry.

The winners (tied):
Cover, (September AS XL), THL Felicia of the Truelayne, Leaf Lette, Shire of Myrtleholt [An Tir]
Artwork throughout, May 2005 edition, Lady Muirne Ultach, The Unicorn’s Tale, Shire of Trinovantia Nova [Ealdormere]
The remaining nominees:
Æthelmearc
Cover Art (April/May 2006), Lady Colette de Paris, Fewmet, Barony of Thescore.
Ansteorra
Cover Art, Lord Charles the Grey of Mooneschadowe, Mercurius Provincialus, Province of Mooneschadowe
An Tir
Cover Art, Lady Lasairiona inghean Uilliam na Seoltadh, The North Wind, Barony of Lion’s Gate.
Cover Art, Lady Fjorlief in Haga, The Looking Glass, Barony of Glymm Mere.
Atlantia
Cover Art (Vol. 23 Issue 5), Baroness Nastsiia Rosenzweig, Edicts and Epistles, Barony of Black Diamond.
Ealdormere
Cover and interior art, Lady Gudrun of Tor Brant, Skraeling Althing Chronicle, Barony of Skraeling Althing.
East
Cover Art, Lady Adrienne d’Evreux and Lord Iain of Malagentia, Jan/Feb 2006 issue, The Moonstone, Province of Malagentia.
Midrealm
Cover Art (June 2005) Duchess Sabine de Rouen, The Gryphon’s Tale, Barony of Flaming Gryphon.

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 winner:
Across the Hills, Baronial Election Issue, Barony of Endless Hills [Æthelmearc], Lady Deianeira, Chronicler.
Commended:
The Moonstone, Scribal Arts Edition, Province of Malagentia [East]. Master Maxton Gunn, Chronicler.
The remaining nominees:
Æthelmearc
Baronial Election Issue, Across the Hills, Barony of Endless Hills, Lady Deianeira, Chronicler.
Ealdormere
A&S Issue, Skraeling Althing Chronicle, Barony of Skraeling Althing, THL Iudith the Quiet Seeker, Chronicler.
Gleann Abhann
Sir Francois du Vant Memorial Issue, Ardanrunes, Shire of Ardanroe. Dana Quarrier, Chronicler.
Midrealm
Guidelines April Fool’s Issue, Fox Tails, Shire of Foxvale, Master Thorvald Redhair, Chronicler.
Northshield
Baronial Directory, Song of the Tower. Barony of Caer Anterth Mawn, Dame Idonia Tayt, Chronicler.

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 winner:
Tisane (East Kingdom Herbalists and Apothecaries Guild), Lady Johanna le Mercer, Editor, East Kingdom

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 winner:
All Things Great for Smalls, Lady Siobhan na bhFeadh, The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere [Caid]
Commended:
Dining with Doc, Master Edouard Halidai, The Gryphon’s Tale, Barony of Flaming Gryphon [Midrealm]
The remaining nominees:
Æthelmearc
Crossword Puzzle, Lady Marija Kotok, Sylvan Glen’s Purgatory Press, Shire of Sylvan Glenn.
An Tir
Ask Vlad, THL Vladimir Andreivich Aleksandrov, The Portcullis, Barony Shire of Cold Keep
? Onora Beccan ingen Cennetig, The Leaf Lette, Shire of Myrtleholt.
Profiles in Arms, THL Ian MacKynnes, The Flames of the Dragon, Barony of Dragon’s Laire
Caid
Dame Abigail, Anonymous, Baronial Banner, Barony of Starkhafn.
East
Crosswords, Frigga Halladottir, The Cascadian, Shire of Glenn Linn.
Word Search, Lady Svea the Short-sighted, The Sandpiper, Shire of Barren Sands.

Best Article

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

The winner:
"Don't Fear the Fabric Store (Part 1)," THL Rosalyn MacGregor, The Citadel, Barony of Cynnabar [Midrealm]
Commended:
"Astronomy for the Citybound—A Guide to the Pennsic Skies," Morwenna Darward, The Masthead, Barony of Dragonship Haven [East]
The remaining nominees:
Æthelmearc
"Sunscreen Was Invented By Vikings," Baron Malcolm Fraser, The Vigilance, Shire of Heronter.
An Tir
"Notto Scale: Mapmakers to Popes, Princes, and Peasants," THL Rycheza z Porska, The Flames of the Dragon, Barony of Dragon's Laire.
Atlantia
"Documentation and How To Do Well in Arts & Sciences Competitions," Lady Aislinn ingen Niall, Edicts & Epistles, Barony of Black Diamond.
Caid
"About the Cotehardie," Johanna von Nurnberg, The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere.
Ealdormere
"Period Thorn Needles," Dragul Vodnikov, Skraeling Althing Chronicle, Barony of Skraeling Althing.
"My First A-Frame," Lady Thorfinna gra'feldr, The Tankard, Canton of Ard Chreag.
East
"How The Middle Ages Influenced American Independence," Scotti mac Curraugh, Knightly Knews, Shire of Montevale.

Best Poetry or Short Fiction

Recognizes the author of an outstanding poem or piece of short fiction. Awarded to the writer and the newsletter.

The Winners (tie):
"Eight-fingers' Tale," Master Hector of the Black Height, The Eoforing, Canton of Eoforwic [Ealdormere]
"The Advent of the Amber Drake Maiden," Duchess Natalya de Foix, The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere [Caid]
Commended:
"A Kingdom Baptized by Storm," THL Peregrine Fairchilde, Water Spark, Shire of Lagerdamm [Gleann Abhann]
The remaining nominees:
Æthelmearc
"A Gentle in Delftwood," Clarice Roan, Full Tilt, Barony of Delftwood.
Artemisia
"The Beast," Lord Darius Coligny, Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold.
Ealdormere
"Dragons Ode to a Heavenly Bean," THL Isabella Oakwood, Skraeling Althing Chronicle, Barony of Skraeling Althing.
East
"The Tyger Roars," Baroness Selena D'Ambra, The Masthead, Barony of Dragonship Haven.
"Godfather's Lullabye," Lady Chiara da Montepulciano, Wyrm Woods, Barony of Dragon Dormant.
Gleann Abhann
Untitled poem, Adrienne Goodwine, The Bayou Tapestry, Barony of Axemoor.

Special Commendations for Electronic Newsletters and Features:

Best Overall Electronic Newsletter:
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere [Caid], Lord Tighearnan Cearrbhach O’Faolain, Chronicler.
This newsletter is a past winner for Best Overall and Best Layout. It's now in electronic form and better than ever.
Best Online Layout:
Il Tempo, Barony of Ponte Alto [Atlantia], Lady Courtney de Houghton and Lady Cassandra Arabella Giordani, Chroniclers.
A nice example of a good wholly online newsletter.
Best Electronically-Distributed Feature:
Crossword Puzzle, Lady Marija Kotok, Sylvan Glen’s Purgatory Press, Shire of Sylvan Glenn [Æthelmearc].
Distributed electronically as well as published in the newsletter, this feature is being used by more than one Chronicler.
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