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The William Blackfox Awards

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Greetings –

Once again it is time to salute the efforts of the Chroniclers of the Known World. It is gratifying to see all the beautiful and information filled newsletters nominated for the Annual William Blackfox Awards for A.S. XLVI.

As always there were tough choices to be made between the nominations. It is very rare that there is a clear winner and this year there were many very close contests. My thanks to the people who offered their opinions and expertise in judging this year: Lady Brianna of Arundel, Dame Magda z Stalburg, THL Brianna O’Dinneen, Sir Tojenareum Grenville of Devon, Mistress Melisent le Ruse, Lord Robin of Restormel, Sir John Peregrine of Restormel and Lou Swanson.

This year I would also like to salute one Chronicler in particular. This person has been nominated for at least 20 Blackfox Awards over the years (and won some, too). I remember seeing her work when I served in this office before (2000 to 2003) and it is remarkable she is still serving. I am in awe and amazed at the volume and quality of work generated by this lady. Thus, a Special Achievement Blackfox Award goes to Meistres Brownwen o Gydweli, Chronicler and contributor for The Equinox, newsletter for the Shire of Sol Haven in the Kingdom of Meridies.

To the Chroniclers of the Known World: Keep up the great work! To the populace who benefits from these newsletters, take time to contribute artwork and articles to enrich the content of the newsletters. If nothing else let your Chroniclers know you appreciate their efforts.

In faithful service,
Countess Honor of Restormel, OP
Publications Manager
(Society Chronicler 2010-2012)

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: From the Tower, Barony of Southron Gaard, Kingdom of Lochac, Chronicler: Mýrún Johansdottir.

The remaining nominees:

Best Layout and Design

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

The Winners (TIE):

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: Phoenix, Barony of the Sacred Stone, Kingdom of Atlantia, Artist: Master Bran Trefonnen.

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 Winners (TIE):

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 Calon Scrolls, Kingdom of Calontir, Chronicler: Lady Melisent McAffee.

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: Ardanrunes, “The Ardanroe Herbarium” by THL Rovena of Bri Leith, Shire of Ardanroe, Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

The remaining nominees:

Best Article

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

The Winners (TIE):

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: “War Storm” by Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn, Fewmet, Barony of Thescorre, Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

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: “Book Review” by THL Johnnae llyn Lewis, August 2011, Pikestaff, Kingdom of the East.

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 April 2012, The Page, Artist: Anita Ruic, Kingdom of the West.

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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