The William Blackfox Awards

Greetings –

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.

“Best Electronic Layout” has been rolled into the “Best Layout and Design” category. All 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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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