The William Blackfox Awards

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Each year, Kingdom Chroniclers send me the best work their Kingdoms have to offer. Every time I am astounded, impressed and inspired by works from the smallest shire to the largest kingdom, from recipes and songs to heartfelt poetry and how-to articles. Every submitter spent time and effort to create something of worth to enrich their groups and record the passage of time. Well done everyone.

I also extend my deepest gratitude to my judges for their assistance in the selection of this year’s winners and commendations.

Winners of this prestigious award will receive a Blackfox token, a certificate and the right to use “Master William Blackfox Award Winner, category, AS LII (52)” in their newsletters with the Blackfox logo.

Mistress Arianna Stefana Falconi, OP
Society Chronicler

Best Overall Newsletter

Not necessarily the best-looking newsletter, but rather 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. This title is awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

The winner: Caid, Barony of Calafia: The Serpent’s Tongue. Chronicler: THL Margeret Kerne

Commendation: Meridies, Shire of Sol Haven: The Equinox. Chronicler: Meistres Bronwyn o Gydweli

Also nominated:

Best Layout and Design

For the best-looking newsletter in balance and style. Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

The winner: Caid: The Seraph, Barony of the Angels; Chronicler: THL Fu Ching Lan

Commendation: Atlantia: The Yoeman, The Barony of Bright Hills; Chronicler: Lady Scholastica Joycors

Also nominated:

Best Artwork

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

The winner: Atenveldt: Artist: Baroness Sigríðr Úlfsdóttir; Photography/Digital Illustration, Aten Spring 2018 Crown list, The Ermine Spot February 2018;. Barony of Granite Mountain. Chronicler: Lady Lilias Mar

Commendation: West: Artist: Lord Colum Mac Eoghain Uí Niall; Illustration, “Final Round”, The Guardian, Spring 2018. Principality of Oertha, Chronicler: Baron Halfdan “Two Bears” Ozurrson

Also nominated:

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: Æthelmearc: The Ice Dragon-Baronial Election Edition; Barony of the Rhydderich Hael. Chronicler: Baron Magnus de Lyons

Commendation: Atlantia: The Drekkar, Pennsic 2017 issue; The Barony of Storvik; Chronicler: Lady Teleri the Well-Prepared

Also nominated:

Best Regular Feature

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

The winner: Artemisia: “Iduna’s Language Information”, Author: Mistress Iduna Snorradottir;  The Dragon’s Eye, Shire of Stan Wyrm. Chronicler: Mistress Iduna Snorradottir

Commendation: Middle: “The Anvil’s Ring”, Author: THL Eidiard An Gobihainn; The Derneherald, Shire Of Dernehealde. Chronicler: Finche Odhinnsdottir

Also nominated:

Best Article

Recognizes excellence in articles appearing in a local newsletter. Awarded to the writer and the newsletter.

The winner: East: “Growing Your Newcomers- How to Welcome (and Keep) Newcomers in Your Group”, Author: Baronessa Gianetta Lucia Alegretta; The Viaduct, Barony of An Dubhaigeainn. Chronicler: Lady Hermina de Pagan

Commendation: Ealdormere: “Viking Hiking”, Author: Master Corwyn Galbraith; The Ursus, Barony of Septentria. Chronicler: Thorfinna Grafeldr

Also nominated:

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: Calontir: “The Vow”, Poet/Songwriter: THL Janos Katona; The Clarion- March 2018 Issue, Barony of Forgotten Sea. Chronicler: Lady Narcissa Patricia

Commendation: East: “Tale of Samarlan”, Author: Constantine Argyris of House Leviathan; The Mudpuppy, July 2017 Issue, Barony of Settmour Swamp. Chronicler: Baroness Ursula of the North Woods

Also nominated:

Kingdom Chroniclers’ Honorable Mentions

Nominations which didn’t fit into the above categories, yet are still deserving of recognition for their exceptional work and/or dedication to producing the best possible newsletter for the local group served. Recognition of merit given to the individual nominee.

Kingdom Newsletter Categories

Best Cover for a Kingdom Newsletter

Recognizes the creator of a piece provided for use as the cover of a kingdom newsletter. Awarded to the artist(s).

The Winner: Middle: Lord Gregor Reinhardt Von Holstein, Woodcut, Woodcut of a 16th c. German Landsknect; The Pale, October 2017

Commendation: Ansteorra: Emma Farewyll, Illustration, Untitled; The Black Star, September 2017

Also nominated:

Best Written Contribution to a Kingdom Newsletter

Recognizes the author of an article, regular or special feature, poem, etc. provided for use by a kingdom newsletter. Awarded to the author.

The Winner: Drachenwald: Contzel, “Making a Landsknecht SCA Fighting Shirt” by Lady Contzel Panzerhemdenmacherin;;  Dragons Tale February 2018

Commendation: Trimaris: THL Alane Godwin, “The Rout of the Swamp Dragon”; Talewinds – October 2017

Also nominated:

Best Artistic Contribution to a Kingdom Newsletter

Recognizes the artist of artwork or photography used in the interior of a kingdom newsletter. Awarded to the artist(s).

Winner: Trimaris: Mistress Finnguala inghean Alusdair, Illustration; Artwork Inspired by “A Rose and Solomon’s Seal” from A Book of Simple Medicine; Talewinds – March 2018

Commendation: Middle:  Master Phillip the Pilgrim, Photograph, “Edinburg Castle”; The Pale – August 2017

Also Nominated:

Best Overall Kingdom Supplements for the year A.S. 52

Recognizes the work done on Kingdom Supplements.  Awarded to the Kingdom chronicler and their team.

Top Three Winners:

Also Nominated: