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The William Blackfox Awards - A.S. 43

The William Blackfox AwardsGreetings -

This is one of the jobs of the Society Chronicler that I truly enjoy. This year I have added the "Most Improved" category. This award is judged by seeing where the chronicler has started, with steady improvement to the end of the year. Again, the "Best Electronic Layout" has been merged with "Best Layout and Design" category. This year Drachenwald and Lochac sent submissions in and it was wonderful to see how the newsletters differ from nation to nation, and the differences in style from English-speaking to other languages. I would like to thank all of the Kingdom Chroniclers for all of the hard work that they put into the newsletters, developing new talent, and administration of the job on the whole. 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.

I would like to say that this year's "Best Articles" nominees were by far the best I have seen. We had serious scholarly work as well as helpful information in how to play our game. It was by far the hardest section to judge.

Winners will receive a Blackfox token, a certificate, and the right to use "Master William Blackfox Award Winner, category, AS XLIII" 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:
Il Tempo, Barony of Ponte Alto [Atlantia], Lord Brénainn MacShuibne, Chronicler
Commended:
Willoughby Vale Whispers, Shire of Willoughby Vale [Lochac], Arglwyddes Rhiceneth Rhieinfellt, Chronicler

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc
The Althing, Barony March of the Debateable Lands, Lady Ana Malkina, Chronicler
An Tir
The Looking Glass, Barony of Glymm Mere, Signy the Slow, Chronicler
The Avantgarde, Principality of Avacal, HL Ogedei, Chronicler
Ansteorra
Quoth the Raven, Barony of Raven's Fort, Alaric Sweinbrothar, Chronicler
The Thorny Truth, Shire of Rosenfeld, Fridhur Haralds, Chronicler
Calontir
The Parade , Shire of Herald's Hill, Lord Sifrid von Eichelborn, Chronicler
The Dancing Moon, Shire of Calanais Nuadh, Lady Cadle Locha Erne, Chronicler
Drachenwald
The Baelfyre, Principality of Insulae Draconis, Mistress Ariel of Lindisfarne, Chronicler
Storm Tidings, Shire of Adamastor, Stronislawa of Adamastor and Simor of Adamastor, Chroniclers
Gleann Abhann
The Bayou Tapestry, Barony of Axemoor, Baroness Martha Effingham of Stewart Kepe, Chronicler
A Sealion's Tale, Barony of Seleone, Lady Tiece le Leu, Chronicler
Meridies
Fox Tales, Shire of Vulpine Reach, of Vulpine Reach, Chronicler

Best Layout and Design

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

The winner:
The Talon, Barony of Hawkwood [Atlantia], Lord Vladimir Krisa Tirgovishtets, Chronicler
Commended:
Willoughby Vale Whispers, Shire of Willoughby Vale [Lochac], Arglwyddes Rhiceneth Rhieinfellt, Chronicler
-- Unavailable --

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc:
Fewmet, Barony of Thescorre, Lady Sorcha & Lord Donal, Chroniclers
An Tir:
The Looking Glass, Barony of Glymm Mere, Signy the Slow, Chronicler
Ansteorra:
Quoth the Raven, Barony of Raven's Fort, Alaric Sweinbrothar, Chronicler
The Thorny Truth, Shire of Rosenfeld, Fridhur Haralds, Chronicler
Artemisia:
The Gryphon's Roar, Barony of Gyphon's Lair, Lady Maire Bridgit, Chronicler
Calontir:
The Dragonflyre, Barony of Vatavia, Lady Myfanwy Llhanrhaedr Ym Mochant, Chronicler
The Dancing Moon, Shire of Calanais Nuadh, Lady Cadle Locha Erne, Chronicler
Drachenwald:
Storm Tidings, Shire of Adamastor, Stronislawa of Adamastor and Simor of Adamastor, Chroniclers
De Rode Harung, Shire of Two Seas, Katherina Mornwegh, Chronicler
Aarniwalcea, Barony of Aarnimetsä, Lord Gifford, Chronicler
Gleann Abhann:
Ardanrunes, Shire of Ardanroe, Master Rory ua Riada, Chronicler
The Forge, Shire of Smythkepe, Lady Eva Helena Vettori, Chronicler
Ursa Minor, Barony of Small Gray Bear, Lord Brendan mac Sionnac, Chronicler
Meridies:
Fox Tales, Shire of Vulpine Reach, Lady Cynewise of Shadowed Wood, Chronicler

Best Art

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

The winner:
Cover Art, Lady Portia de Sancto Lucianno, The Talon, Barony of Hawkwood [Atlantia]
Commended:
Cover Art, Lady Ysabeau Tiercelin, Across the Hills, Barony of Endless Hills [Æthelmearc]

The remaining nominees:

An Tir:
Cover Art, HL Talentus "Talon" del Albero of Dragonslaire, The Plume, Barony of Three Mountains
Ansteorra:
Cover Art, Deanna della Penna, The Whispering Falls, Shire of Brad Leah
Cover Art, Deanna della Penna, The Whispering Falls, Shire of Brad Leah
Artemisia:
Cover Art, Lady Magdalena de Monte, Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold
Caid:
"Marshals: Wearin' mah hat, keepin u safes", Lady Kythera of Anevern, The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere
"Moral Emblems XXII - Foxes Wit", Lady Aurelia Della Rossa, The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere
Calontir:
Cover Art, Rita Thurman, The Clarion, Barony of Forgotten Sea
Cover Art, Dean Day, The Dragonflyre, Barony of Vatavia
Middle:
-- Unavailable --
Cover Art, Kirsten Thorsteinsdo, Currents, Shire of Riviere Constelle

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:
Black Star Arts and Sciences Issue, Kingdom of Ansteorra Arts & Sciences, Master Modius von Mergentheim and Baron Kainin Tepesa, Chroniclers
Commended:
FoxTales, Newcomer's Edition, Shire of Vulpine Reach [Meridies], Lady Cynewise of Shadowed Wood, Chronicler

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc:
Full Tilt, Arts and Sciences Issue, Barony of Delftwood, Helene al-Zarqá, Chronicler
Calontir:
The Dragonflyre, March 2009 "Creative Edition", Barony of Vatavia, Lady Myfanwy Llhanrhaedr Ym Mochant, Chronicler
The Barge, Jun-08, Barony of Three Rivers, Mistress EIllien Chadway, Chronicler
Middle:
The Gauntlet, June/July 2009, Pentemere Regional Newsletter, Pattie Rayl, 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:
-- Unavailable --
Commended:
Black Star Arts and Sciences Issue, Kingdom of Ansteorra Arts & Sciences, Master Modius von Mergentheim and Baron Kainin Tepesa, Chroniclers
The Calon Scrolls, Kingdom of Calontir, Mistress Cassandra di Capelletti, Chronicler

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc:
Across the Hills - Mongol Issue, Barony of Endless Hills, Lady Ysabeau Tiercelin, Chronicler
The Ice Dragon - Mongol Issue, Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Lady Ysabeau Tiercelin, Chronicler
Caid:
Caidan Crown Poems, Circle of Bards of Caid, Mistress Philippa Llewelyn Schuyler and William Schuyler, Chroniclers

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:
"Spooki", by Lord Spence Colby, Echoes from the Mist, Shire of Abhainn ciach Ghlas [Æthelmearc]
Commended:
"Mirth Lyons of the Barony", by Lady Kythera of Anevern, The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere [Caid]

The remaining nominees:

Ansteorra:
"Quoth the Raven", by James Northfolke, Quoth the Raven, Barony of Raven's Fort
Artemisia:
"The Moose's Ear", Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold
Atlantia:
"Overheard in (and around) Dun Carraig", by Lady Isolda de Crosthwaite, Clyffe Notes, Barony of Dun Carraig
Calontir:
"Herb of the Month", by HE Cerridwyn, The Dragonflyre, Barony of Vatavia
"Did You Know It's Period?", by HL Rowan Houndskeeper, The Barge, Barony of Three Rivers
"Aucune Merde! Là j'etais!", by Murdoch Stiubhard, Boar's Snore, Barony of Coeur d'Ennui
Gleann Abhann:
"Forest Maiden", by Master Rory ua Riada, Ardanrunes, Shire of Ardanroe
Middle:
"From Lady Brighid's Kitchen", by Lady Brighid, Portcullis, Barony of Brendoken
"D'aud Bob", by D'aud Bob, Scolairi Notes, Shire of Baile na Scolairi

Best Article

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

The winner:
-- Unavailable --
Commended:
"Surviving Diabetes in the SCA", by Padraig MacRaighne and Geniveve Rose D'Glendalough, The Gauntlet, Pentamere Region [Middle]

The remaining nominees:

Æthelmearc:
"Alienor", by Lady Ariel of Grenwich, Echoes from the Mist, Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlas
An Tir:
"Indigo Dyeing", by Brígiða Vadesbana, Northern Sentinel, Principality of Tir Righ
Ansteorra:
"The Black Death and its Effect of Fourteenth Century England", by Julia de Montoya, The Thorny Truth, Shire of Rosefeld
"Copernicus: Scientific and Planetary Revolutions", by James Northfolke, Quoth the Raven, Barony of Raven's Fort
Atlantia:
"Newcomer's Clothing- A Beginners' Primer for Clothing through the Ages in the SCA", by Katharine Devereaux, Il Tempo, Barony of Ponte Alto
Caid:
"Aspects of Medieval Life: On Developing a Well-Rounded Persona", by Mistress Margaret Hepburn, Baronial Banner, Barony of Starkhafn
"Period Sumptuary Laws", by Lady Rutilia Fausta, The Tydes, Barony of Lyondemere
Calontir:
"Recipes for Crown Tourney Feast 2008", by Mistress Gwyneth Espicier, The Runestaff, Barony of Mag Mor
"Modern Technology in the Current Middle Ages: Suggestions for Cell Phone Use", by Lady Mairghrec inghean Ewan, Dancing Moon, Shire of Calanais Nuadh
"Leather Mallet Repoussé", by Ingeborg Ulfsdottir, The Barge, Barony of Three Rivers
Meridies:
"Protocol and Precedence", by Master Alexander Ravenscroft, OP, Fox Tales, Shire of Vulpine Reach
Middle:
"Having Fun With Your Persona", by Sir Ragnarr Arnbjornsson, Currents, Shire of Riviere Constelle
"Chronicler of A Re-Crowned Sovereign", by Pan Zygmut Nadratowski, The Gauntlet, Pentamere Region, Midrealm
"Surviving Diabetes in the SCA", by Padraig MacRaighne and Geniveve Rose D'Glendalough, The Gauntlet, Pentamere Region, Midrealm

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:
"Lord of Chivalry", Master Fridrikr inn gamli, Fewmet, Barony of Thescorre [Æthelmearc]
Commended:
"Tales of Black Diamond", Metylda the Cunning, Edicts and Epistles, Barony of Black Diamond [Atlantia]

The remaining nominees:

Ansteorra:
"Englyn for Colin", Thomas of Tenby, It Cometh in the Mail, Barony of Bryn Gwlad
"Ballade", Thomas of Tenby, The Halberd, Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Artemisia:
"A Day of Champions", Lady Ce'Nedra Von Oppal, Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold
Caid:
"A Sestina for Flavia: for Maestra Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani, OL, OP", THL Secca of Cantia, Fret Knot, Barony of Altavia
"Requiem for Lady Sariah", Baroness Morgaine FitzStephen, The Seraph, Barony of Angels
Calontir:
"Sextain: Sestina by any other name", Ingeborg Ulfsdottir, The Barge, Barony of Three Rivers
"Meet Our (Incoming) Seneschal", Drottin Einarr Aldhund, Dancing Moon, Shire of Calanais Nuadh

Most Improved

Recognizes the chronicler for showing their skills improving from issue to issue. Awarded to the chronicler.
The winner:
The Apple Press, Shire of Sylvan Glen [Æthelmearc], Lady Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir, Chronicler
Commended:
The Gryphon's Roar, Barony of Gyphon's Lair [Artemisia], Lady Maire Bridgit, Chronicler

The remaining nominees:

None others
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