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The William Blackfox Awards

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Greetings –
This is my fourth and final year administering the Master William Blackfox awards. This has always been the best part of serving as Society Chronicler, and that has not changed.

The selection of winners is always difficult. I am pleased that more kingdoms are now announcing their nominees in their newsletters, so that these Chroniclers, authors, and artists are recognized within their kingdoms for their work. The winners always beat out very stiff competition, and are truly worthy of recognition.

When the Awards were initially announced this year, I had a new category for “Best Electronic Layout.” Since only one kingdom singled out a newsletter for this type of layout (although several newsletters were online editions), I have folded this nominee into the “Best Layout and Design” category.

This year, as I did last year, I have chosen at least one 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 XLI” 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: Serpent’s Tongue, Barony of Calafia [Caid], Lady Kendryth Filia Gerald, Chronicler.

Commended: (tie)
The Ice Dragon, Barony of the Rhydderich Hael [Æthelmearc], Lord Stephan Calvert deGrey, Chronicler.
The Dragonflyer, Barony of Vatavia [Calontir], Lady Rhoslyn Rhiannon McKinzie, Chronicler.

The remaining nominees:

Best Layout and Design

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

The winner: The Crystal Quill, Barony of Nordskogen [Northshield], Mistress Cinniu ingen Cuthbaid, Chronicler.

Commended: The Clarion, Barony of Forgotten Sea, [Calontir], Lady Lorraine Devereaux, Chronicler.

The remaining nominees:

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: Cover Artwork – Ingeborg Folio, Baroness Orianna Luisa della Francesca, in The Oracle, Barony of Bonwicke [Ansteorra]

Commended: “Jousting Lyst”, TH Lord Egan O’Phelan, in The Oak Leaf, Shire of Darach [Caid]

The remaining nominees:

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: An Outlandish History [Outlands], Mistress Margaret Hepburn, Editor.

Commended: Arts and Sciences Issue-The Althing, Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands [Æthelmearc], Lady Anna Malakina, Editor.

The remaining nominees:

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: The Oak (Arts and Sciences Newsletter of Atlantia), Lady Rebecca the Contrary, Chronicler.

Commended: A Chronicle of Crown Tourney (Fall and Spring, AS XLI), The Circle of Bards of Caid, Baroness Philippa Llewelyn Schuyler and Sir William Schuyler, Editors.

The remaining nominees:

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: Great Moments in Bjornsborg — Stories from Our Storied Past, Lord Michael of Kendal, in Bear Necessities, Barony of Bjornsborg [Ansteorra]

Commended: Get to Know Your Local            , Carlos Nieto de Andrade, in Medieval Tymes, Barony of the Citadel of the Southern Pass [Outlands]

The remaining nominees:

Best Article

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

The winners (tie):
“Vagabonds, Poor Laws & Coney-Catchers,” Master John le Burguillun, in The Oak, Arts and Sciences Newsletter for the Kingdom of Atlantia
“A Short History of Chess & How to Play Chess,” Doña Maria Leonara de Luna, in The Rimsholt Bolt, Canton of Rimsholt [Middle]

Commended: “Redacting a Recipe,” Lady Aelfwyn Marie von Augsburg, in The Moonstone, Province of Malagentia [East]

The remaining nominees:

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: “Love’s Victory,” Lady Gillian McGill de Verona, in Full Tilt, Barony of Delftwood [Æthelmearc]

Commended:
“Journey to Pennsic,” Herzog Dietrich von Vogelsang, in Baronial Banner, Barony of Starkhafn [Caid]

“A Ghazal in the Secular Andalusian Style,” Lady Sabina de Almeria, in The Crystal Quill, Barony of Nordskogen [Northshield]

The remaining nominees:

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