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The William Blackfox Awards - A.S. 42

The William Blackfox AwardsGreetings -

This is my first year administering the Master William Blackfox awards. When I took over the office of Society Chronicler, the outgoing officer told me that this was the best part of the job. I have to agree but what she failed to tell me just how hard this was. I was truly blown away of the quality of the workmanship; be it art, poetry, articles, or just the newsletter themselves. It was truly a wonder to see how creative everyone is in the Knowne World. I would like to give all of the Kingdom Chroniclers a word of thanks for the hard work that you put into the newsletters, developing new talent, administration of the job, etc. It is truly a thankless job. If you are doing your job well, no one thinks about it and when it isn't going well, you are known by all.

Last year there was a "Best Electronic Layout" and again only one kingdom submitted a nominee. I rolled this into the "Best Layout and Design" category. I also followed in the steps of my predecessor; I chose a winner and 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 XLII" in their newsletters with the Blackfox logo. Commended entries will receive a certificate as well.

Congratulations to the winners,

Herr Otto von Schwyz
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:
Harpsong, Shire of Glyn Dwfn [An Tir], Lady Maddelena di Riccardo Strozzi, Chronicler
Commended:
A Sealion's Tale, Barony of Seleone [Gleann Abhann], Lord Karli von Zoellern, Chronicler

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc
Echoes in the Mist, Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, Lady Ariel of Grenwich, Chronicler
Across the Hills, Barony of Endless Hills, Lady Ysabeau Tiercelin, Chronicler
Ansteorra
Quoth the Raven, Barony of Raven's Fort, A Thiarna Devin Phelan O'Donnabhain & Lord Alaric Sweinbrothar, Chroniclers
Atlantia
The Dragon's Tale, Canton of St. Georges, Juliana de Barowe, Chronicler
Caid
Baronial Banner, Barony of Starkhafn, Mistress Margaret Hepburn of Androssan, Chronicler
Serpent's Tongue, Barony of Calafia, Medb ingen Mathgamhain, Chronicler
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere, THLady Eilidh Swann, Chronicler
Calontir
The Barge, Barony of Three Rivers, Lord Francis Bean, Chronicler
The Crescent, Shire of Crescent Moon, Kamiizumi Hirotaro, Chronicler
East
The Seahorse, Principality of Ostgardr, Magistra Rufina Cambrensis, Chronicler
Carved in Granite, Barony of Stonemarche, Taogh of Stonemarche, Chronicler
Let it be Knowne, Shire of Owlsherst, Lord Haldan Skjoldklifr, Chronicler
Meridies
The Equinox, Shire of Sol Haven, Mistress Bronwen o Gydweli, Chronicler.
Fen Myrtle , Shire of Flintmarsh, Cigan Oszinte, Chronicler
Middle
The White Shield, Issue #2, Marche of Gwyntarian, Brighid Breatnach, Chronicler
Outlands
Medieval Tymes, Barony of Citadel of the Southern Pass, Carlos Nieto de Andrade, Chronicler
Meiassis Dragon, Barony of Dragonsspine, Lady Morwyn MacDonald, Chronicler
La Fontaine des Nouvelles, Barony of Fontaine dans Sable, Lady Evain Macrae, Chronicler
Trimaris
Castelore, Shire of Castlemere, Lady Milica od Soli, Chronicler
West
The Darkwood Drum, Barony of Darkwood, Lady Caterina di Guglielmo, Chronicler
The Guardian, Principality of Oertha, Ragnsteinn fra Andressmyri, Chronicler

Best Layout and Design

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

The winner:
Il Tempo, Barony of Ponte Alto [Atlantia], Lady Wulfwyn Ælfwines dohtor, Chronicler
Commended:
A Sealion's Tale, Barony of Seleone [Gleann Abhann], Lord Karli von Zoellern, Chronicler

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc
Ice Dragon, Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Lord Stephan Calvert de Grey, Chronicler
The Althing, Barony of the Debatable Lands, Lady Anna Mala Kina, Chronicler
Ansteorra
Eldern Pages, Barony of the Eldern Hills, Lady Marguerite la Chanvierre & Herr Euric Wilhlmsen, Chroniclers
An Tir
The Looking Glass, Barony of Glymm Mere, Signy the Slow, Chronicler
The Northern Sentinel, Principality of Tir Righ, THLady Alienor Sanz-Argent, Chronicler
Caid
The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere, THLady Eilidh Swann, Chronicler
Calontir
The Dancing Moon, Shire of Calanais Nuadh, Lady Cadlae Locha Erne, Chronicler
The Boar's Snore, Barony of Coeur d'Ennui, Lady Winnifred d'Artois, Chronicler
East
The Thorn, Shire of Blak Rose, Melissa Crowther, Chronicler
Kenning Points, Barony of Smoking Rocks, Mali Lim, Chronicler
The Chanticleer, Barony Beyond the Mountain, Lady Johanna de Glastingburi, Chronicler
Meridies
Fen Myrtle, Shire of Flintmarsh, Cigan Oszinte, Chronicler
Middle
The White Shield, Marche of Gwyntarian, Brighid Breatnach, Chronicler
The Gryphon's Tale, Barony of Flaming Gryphon, Avelyn Grene, Chronicler.
The RivenSTAR, Barony of Rivenstar, Marian Miller, Chronicler
Outlands
Medieval Tymes, Barony of Citadel of the Southern Pass, Carlos Nieto de Andrade, Chronicler
Baronial Shaft, Barony of al-Barran, Lady Teresa MacDuffie, Chronicler
Trimaris
Waterspout, Barony of Marcaster, Lord Thomas von Wildstein, Chronicler
West
Tempus Nebulorum, Principality of the Mist, Johanna Ludwiger von Hertesbergk, 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 winner:
Emblem LXXXVII (page 9) by Lord Jon thomme de Claydon in The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere [Caid]
Commended:
"Pennsic Gift to Atlantia" by THLady Serafina de Gratia in The Oracle, Barony of Bonwicke [Ansteorra]

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc
Cover Art by THLord Caradawc Mendwr in Fewmet, Barony of Thescorre
Untitled by Lady Mairghread ui Stilbhard uu Coinn in Fewmet, Barony of Thescorre
Atlantia
Cover Art by Lady Portia de Sancto Lucianno in The Talon, Barony of Hawkwood
Calontir
"Veterans" by Lady Vaska mcCormick in The Clarion, Barony of Forgotten Sea
Cover Art, by nge in danski in The Clarion, Barony of Forgotten Sea
Middle
Cover Art - January 2008 Issue by Duchesse Sabine de Rouen in Gryphon's Tale, Barony Flaming Gryphon
Cover Art - February 2008 Issue by Duchesse Sabine de Rouen in Gryphon's Tale, Barony Flaming Gryphon
Cover Art - November 2007 Issue by Duchesse Sabine de Rouen in Gryphon's Tale, Barony Flaming Gryphon
Outlands
Artwork Pgs 4-14 by THLord Sean ui Neil the Staffmater in The Tosspot, Barony of Unser Hafen
Trimaris
Cover Art - August 2007 Issue by Barbarosa in The Wyvern's Tale, Barony of Wyvernwoode
West
Tapestry Panel by Caterina di Guglielmo in The Darkwood Drum, Barony of Darkwood
Cover Art - Spring Coronet Issue by Robin of Thornwood in Tempus Nebulorum, Principality of the Mist

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:
The Tosspot, "Honoring THLord Sean ui Neil the Staffmater", Barony of Unser Hafen [Outlands], Lord Robert Spenser of Bristol, Chronicler

Commended: (Tie)
Nordic Saga, "Feasts fit for a King", Barony of Northkeep [Ansteorra], Lady Rayya al-Kurtubayya "Ismet", Chronicler
Mountain Mayhem, "Field Guide to Atlantian Heraldry", Barony of Hidden Mountain [Atlantia], Maestra Julianna Fiorentini, Chronicler

The remaining Nominees:

Æthelmearc
Ice Dragon, "Special Election Edition", Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Lord Stephen Calvert de Grey, Chronicler
East
Bergental Berserker, "Yule Issue", Barony of Bergental , Brangwyne of Wentworth, Chronicler
West
Tempus Nebulorum, "Spring Investiture 17 May 2008", Principality of the Mist, Johanna Ludwiger von Hertesbergk, 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:
From the Skin Out, Costumer's Guild of An Tir [An Tir], THLady Julia Sempronia, Chronicler
Commended:
Post Scriptum, Trimaris College of Scribes [Trimaris], Mistress Maol Mide ingen Medra, Chronicler

The remaining nominees:

Atlantia
Herald's Point, College of Heralds of Atlantia, Lady Patricia of Trakai, Chronicler
Calontir
Calon Scrolls, Kingdom of Calontir Arts & Sciences, Mistress Cassandra di Capelletti, Chronicler
East
Tisane, Herbalists and Apothecaries' Guild of the East Kingdom, Johanna Fatherly, Chronicler
Meridies
Penfeathers, Meridian Pages School, Lady Cynwise aet Scaeuduwode, Chronicler
Middle
The Compendium, Barony of Cynnabar, Johnnae llyn Lewis, Chronicler

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:
"Pun-ishment" by Lord Kilian MacRaith in Greywinds, Shire of Graywood [Ansteorra]

Commended: (tie)
"Did You Know?" by Conde Fernando Rodriguez de Falcon in The Barge, Barony of Three Rivers [Calontir]
"Would You Believe?" by Mistress Cassandra di Capelletti in Calon Scrolls, Kingdom of Calontir Arts & Sciences [Calontir]

Special Recognition
"Fighter of the Month" by Lady Teresa MacDuffie in Baronial Shaft, Barony of al-Barran [Outlands]

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc
"Link of the Month" by Lady Ysabeau Tiercelin in Across the Hills, Barony of Endless Hills
"Bardic Corner - Being a showcase of the Barony's Bardic Talent" by Lady Helene al-Zarqá in Full Tilt, Barony of Delftwood
An Tir
"Selewine's Scribings" in The Avantgarde, Principality of Avacal
Atlantia:
"Scribal Corner" by Lady Bianca di Bari in The Bull, Barony of Stierbach
Caid
"The Perils of Paulins" by Master Antonius Tesel in Baronial Banner, Barony of Starkhafn
"Getting to Know You by Baroness" by Aoibheall an Sionnach in Baronial Banner, Barony of Starkhafn
"Dear Dame Abigail..." by Dame Abigail in Baronial Banner, Barony of Starkhafn
East
"Find-a-Word Search thru History" by Ldy Svea the Short-Sighted in Sandpaper, Shire of Barren Sands
"Focus on the Arts" by Baroness Elizabeth Hawkwood in The Mudpuppy, Barony of Settmour Swamp
Middle
"Dining with Doc" by Edouard Haladai in The Gryphon's Tale, Barony Flaming Gryphon
"The Trumpet" by Nigel fitzMaurice in The White Shield, Marche of Gwyntarian
Outlands
"An Interview with ..." by Lord Omar ibn Haroun al-Askari al-Rumi in Meiassis Dragon, Barony of Dragonsspine
"Name that Device" by Lady Gyda Magnusdotter in Blackwater Banner, Shire of Blackwater Keep
Trimaris
"A Book Review" by Lord Amalric de mannia in Revelry, Barony of Darkwater

Best Article

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

The winner:
"A Stitch in Time?" by Brighid ingheam Conchobhair ui Neill in Castlelore, Shire of Castlemere [Trimaris]
Commended:
"Gwyntarian's Pilgrimage to Aethelmearc's 10 Year Anniversary" by Wulfwen atte Belle in The White Shield, Marche of Gwyntarian [Middle]

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc
"Eat Wisely: On the Treatment of Melancholy" by Maitre Gilles de Beauchamp in Echoes from the Mist, Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais
"Medieval Flowers" A Language without Words" by Mistress Yvianne de Castel d'Avignon in At Brances Reach, Shire of Sunderoak
"Newcomers' Corner: What is Pennsic?" by Lady Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir in The Apple Press, Shire of Sylvan Glen
Ansteorra
"Vindicatio of the Rat" by Master Galen of Ockham in The Serpent's Tale, Barony of Loch Soilleir
An Tir
"Notes on the Havamal" by Signy the Slow in The Looking Glass, Barony of Glymm Mere
"Period Candies" by Lady Eulalia de Ravenfield in The Dragon's Tongue, Shire of Dragon's Mist
"Wax Candler Guilds in the 14th to 16th Century" by Kate the Candlemaker in The Looking Glass, Barony of Glymm Mere
"The Painted Face: Cosmetics Durning the SCA Period" by Danielle Nunn-Weinberg in The Bicranial Bear, Barony of Adiantum
Atlantia
"A 16th Century Muff (Snuffkyn or Skimskyn)" by Mistress Belphoebe de Givet in Il Tempo, Barony of Ponte Alto
Caid
"Tiny Bubbles Part Two: A First Brew" by Lord Maximillian d'Erembourg in The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere
Calontir
"Gambling and Gaming" by Lady Ylva Jonsdottir in The Clarion, Barony of Forgotten Sea
"Tubbed and Scrubbed: An overview of bathing in the Middle Ages" by Master Giles de Laval in The Dragonflyre, Barony of Vatavia
East
"Board in the Middle Ages, 'Merels'" by Lord Gilbert the Short in The Seashire Chronicle, Canton of Seashire
"The Chaos of the Mind" by Master Richard the Poor of Ely in The Seahorse, Province of Ostgardr
"The Sophistication of Roman and Byzantine Glass" by Lady Colette Beatrix de Herisson in The Moonstone, Province of Malagentia
Middle
"From the Exchequer " by Nadia von Wohlgemuth in The Gryphon's Tale, Barony Flaming Gryphon
West
"Shopping for Medieval Food" by Crystal of the Westermakr in Tempus Nebulorum, Principality of the Mist

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 Winner:
"Montaigne du Roi" by Branwen Cryccthegn Deorcwuda in The Darkwood Drum, Barony of Darkwood [West]

Commended: (tie)
"A Challenge" by Lady Helene al-Zarqá in Full Tilt, Barony of Delftwood [Æthelmearc]
"On the Way Home" by Lady Eirianwen in The Dragonflyre, Barony of Vatavia [Calontir]

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc
"Dark-skied Memories" by Lady Megge Gormshuileachin in Full Tilt, Barony of Delftwood
Ansteorra
"Hymne XI: to the Sun" by THLord Alden Drake in Over the Edge, Shire of Gates Edge
An Tir
"A Song: Hail to the Herald" by Lord Dmitri Skomorochov in The Avantgarde, Principality of Avacal
Atlantia
"The Knight's Tale part II" by Lady Metylda the Cunning in Edicts & Epistles, Barony of Black Diamond
Calontir
Untitled Poem by Lord Bjarni Ulfarrson in Calon Scrolls, Barony of Forgotten Sea
Middle
"Æthelmearc's Example " by Abel Frolicher in The White Shield, Marche of Gwyntarian
"Mair's Meadow " by Abel Frolicher in The White Shield, Marche of Gwyntarian
Outlands
"Poem in Memory of Baron Patic" by Lord Jethro Stille in The Fortress, Barony of Caerthe
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