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The William Blackfox Awards

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Greetings –

It was a great pleasure organizing the Master William Blackfox Awards covering newsletters published during A.S. XLV. Every nominee should be proud of their contributions and this acclaim of their accomplishments. As usual, we have a wide range of submissions showing the amazing talents and knowledge of our artisans, scholars, bards, and historians. This year we have added two new categories to salute the talent and excellence of those who contribute articles and artwork for the Kingdom newsletters.

The judging was particularly competitive this year creating a need for additional judges. It was a joyful and challenging (sometimes impossible) exercise to choose a single winner for each category. My deepest thanks and appreciation to: The Kingdom Chroniclers and their staff who compiled the nominations, Mistress Doria Tecla, Magister Riordan MacGregor, Master Christopher MacConing, Brandon Clark, Lady Brianna of Arundel, Lou Swanson, Jamie Smith, Tim Pritchard, Corita Cooper, Sir John Peregrine of Restormel, and Lord Robin of Restormel who all helped with different aspects of this process.

Besides congratulations to each nominee (and each winner), a huge thank you to the Chroniclers and contributors throughout the Known World for sharing their talents and knowledge with all of us.

In faithful service,
Countess Honor of Restormel, OP
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 winners (tie): The Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis, Kingdom of Drachenwald, Chronicler: Mistress Ariel of Lindisfarne
and
The Ursus, Barony of Septentria, Kingdom of Ealdormere, Chroniclers: Baron Gunther Wahlstadt von Bremen and Baroness Seonaid nic Thomais

The remaining nominees:

Best Layout and Design

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

The winner: The Thorny Truth, Shire of Rosenfeld, Kingdom of Ansteorra, Chronicler: Mistress Juliana Avenel

The remaining nominees:

Best Artwork

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

The winner: The Talon, Barony of Hawkwood, Kingdom of Atlantia. Artist: Lady Portia de Sancto Lucianno

The remaining nominees:

Best Special Issue

For an Arts & Sciences issue or other limited-focus issues of a geographic group (Canton, Shire, Barony, etc.). Awarded to both the newsletter and the Chronicler.

The winner: The Ice Dragon: The Hael Goes to War, The Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, Kingdom of Æhelmearc, Chronicler: THL Filipo de Sancto Martino

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: Pigments of Your Imagination, Kingdom of Æthelmearc Scribal College, Chronicler: Mistress Teresa Gabriela de Montoya y Sevilla

The remaining nominees:

Best Regular Feature

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

The winner: The Q.D., “Musings from the Mad Monk,” Barony of Caer Mear, Kingdom of Atlantia, by Brother Amos the Pious

The remaining nominees:

Best Article

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

The winners (tie):”Me and My Religion” by Lady Lyonet de Coveham, The Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis, Kingdom of Drachenwald
and
“The Scourge of the Woodlands” by Master Galen of Ockham, Vair Bells, Shire of Starhaven, Kingdom of Trimaris

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: Poetry: “The Triskele and the Star” by Lord Pádraig Ruad Ó Maolagàin, The Scarlet Letter, Shire of Loch Ruadh, Kingdom of Ansteorra
and
Short Fiction: “The Ballad of Sven Frumbridge” by Sheumais Stuart, Kenning Points, Barony of Smoking Rocks

The remaining nominees:

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: “Manor of Rockland,” (recurring article) for The Northwatch by Lady Margyt Weaver, Kingdom of Northshield

The remaining nominees:

Best Artistic contribution to a Kingdom Newsletter

Recognizes the artist of a piece provided for use by a Kingdom Newsletter. Awarded to the artist.

The Winner: Cover Art for March 2011 issue of Popular Chivalry as well as new logo for the newsletter, Artist: Lord Valgardr Isungr, Kingdom of Meridies

The remaining nominees:

Honorable Mention

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. Awarded to the individual nominee.

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