The William Blackfox Awards

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Greetings Gentle Readers!

As the new Society Chronicler, one of the duties – nay – privileges, of my office is the selection of the annual Master William Blackfox Award winners for A.S. 49. My heart is full of delight! As I pen this missive, I have spent the past several weeks reading the best newsletters the Known World has to offer. From the smallest shire to the biggest kingdom, I have poured over page after page of these works – and I sit amazed, inspired and simply humbled by the dedication to quality of content I have witnessed. It is apparent that so many worked together with their group chronicler -from the artisans, photographers, and writers – to the officers, making each newsletter a work of art. Wonderful job everyone, and thank you!

Congratulations to all the nominees, as you were chosen as the best– to not only represent your local group, but to represent your kingdom! A heartfelt thank you to all the Kingdom Chroniclers for the time and work you spent in selecting the best in each category of your kingdom’s newsletters. The effort, I know, of choosing the best is difficult – so many are deserving – but a few stand out among the rest. The final award recipients were selected by a panel of judges that included backgrounds in history, art, and education –Society members as well as modern non-members– and myself, with a background in graphic design.

Winners of this prestigious award will receive a Blackfox token, a certificate and the right to use “Master William Blackfox Award Winner, [category], AS XLIX (49)” in their newsletters, along with the Blackfox logo. Also, the commended entries will receive a certificate.

Congratulations to the winners of AS 49,

Mistress Arianna Stefana Falconi, OP
Society Chronicler

And without further ado – The Winners!

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: Barony of Western Seas, The Runestone, Lady Viviana of Peridot Isle, Chronicler, Caid

Commendation: Barony of Knights Crossing, Knightingale, Baronin Mechthild Quattermart, Chronicler, Drachenwald

Also nominated:

Best Layout and Design

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

The winner: Kindred Spirit, Shire of Pilgrims Fount, Gleann Abhann; Chronicler: Lord Jamys Chapman.

Commendation: Baronial Shaft, Barony of al-Barran, Outlands; Chronicler: Lady Teresa MacDuffie

Also nominated:

Best Artwork

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

The winner: Artist: THL Blasé di Angelo; Untitled, interior drawing, July Vox, Principality of Cynagua, Kingdom: West

Commendation: Artist: Lady Brighid of Red Spears; Untitled, cover illumination, The Vigil, Barony of the Middle Marches, Kingdom: Middle

Also nominated:

Best Special Edition

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 Mudpuppy, 35th Anniversary Issue; Barony of Settmour Swamp; East Kingdom; Chronicler: Baroness Ursula of North Woods

Commendation: Full Tilt – 10th Anniversary Arts & Sciences Special Edition; Barony of Delftwood, Kingdom ofÆthelmearc; Chronicler: Lady Margarita Carpintero

Also nominated:

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.No qualifying entries.

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: Cooking with Claudius, Author: Claudius di Bartolomeo; The Runestone, Chronicler: Lady Viviana of Peridot Isle; Barony of the Western Seas, Kingdom: Caid

Commendation: Iduna’s Language Information, Author: Mistress Iduna Snorradottir; Dragon’s Eye, Chronicler: Mistress Iduna Snorradottir; Shire of Stan Wyrm, Kingdom: Artemisia

Also nominated:

Best Article

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

The winner: How to Make Your Own Vinegar, Author: Master Donal O’Brien; The Seraph, Barony of the Angels, Caid. Chronicler: THL Fu Ching Lan

Commendation: The Covenham Pavilion, Author: Lady Linnet de Covenham; Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis, Drachenwald. Chronicler: Lady Constanza of Thamesreach

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: A Wanderer in Rags, Author: Lord Riley Frost; The Runestone, Barony of the Western Seas, Kingdom: Caid; Chronicler: Lady Viviana of Peridot Isle

Also nominated:

In Praise of Byrhtnoth, Author: Lord Janos Katona; Clarion, Barony of Forgotten Sea, Kingdom: Calontir; Chronicler: Duchess Phaedra filia Roberti

Also nominated:

Kingdom Newsletter Categories

Best Cover for a Kingdom Newsletter

The Winner” Kingdom of Ansteorra: Brenna McDonald, Photograph; The Black Star, May 2014

Commendation: Kingdom of Caid: Lady Hildibjorg in Vikverska, Drawing; The Crown Prints, December 2014

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: Middle: Syr Gunnar Redboar, The Lay of Kari’s Deed; The Pale, November 2014

Commendation: Artemisia: Master Karl Braden von Sobernheim, Random Carp; The Sage Advice

Also nominated:

Kingdom Chroniclers’ 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.