The William Blackfox Awards

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Greetings Gentle Readers!

The Anno Societatis L (50) Master William Blackfox Awards are here!

The selection of the annual winners is one of the greatest honors I have as Society Chronicler. Once again, Kingdom Chroniclers the Known World over gathered the best their kingdom had to offer and proudly submitted their nominees. I am again filled with amazement, having pored over these wonderful submissions for the last several weeks. The commitment of each chronicler, writer, artisan, photographer, poet, and craftsman is utterly inspiring. Thank you all for such wonderful work!

Congratulations to all the nominees. You have all represented your kingdoms and your local groups with distinction. I stand humbled by your talent, generosity and hard work. My gratitude to the Kingdom Chroniclers for the hours spent selecting the nominees. The quality of work you sent me made it so very difficult to choose the winners. That is a wonderful problem to have!

I would like to further extend my thanks to my judges for their assistance with the selections. Winners of this prestigious award will receive a Blackfox token, a certificate and the right to use “Master William Blackfox Award Winner, category, AS L (50)” in their newsletters with the Blackfox logo.

Congratulations to the winners of AS 50,

Mistress Arianna Stefana Falconi, OP
Society Chronicler

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: Shire of Pilgrims Fount, Kindred Spirit, Lord Jamys Chapman, Chronicler. Kingdom of Gleann Abhann

Commendation: Shire of Coppertree, Windfalls, Aerin Wen, Chronicler. Kingdom of Æthelmearc

Also nominated:

Best Layout and Design

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

The winner: Flamberge, Barony of the Flame, Midrealm; Chronicler: THL Marissa von Atzinger

Commendation: Griffintayle, Barony of Politarchopolis, Lochac; Chronicler: Baroness Ceara Shionnach

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: Don Orlando Sforza; illustration, “Settmour Swamp History”, cover, The MudPuppy, April 2016. Barony of Settmour Swamp, East Kingdom

Commendation: Artist: THL Isaac Bane; cover illumination, “The Flamebearer”, April 2016. Barony of Wiesenfeuer, Kingdom of Ansteorra

Also nominated:

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 Ice Dragon- Ice Dragon Artifacts Edition; Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, Æthelmearc; Chronicler: Baron Magnus de Lyons

Commendation: Dragonsspine – Newcomers’ Issue; Barony of Dragonsspine, Outlands; Chronicler: Madame Adelaisa Bernois

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.

The Winner: Dragonsspine, February 2016, Needlework Issue, Barony of Dragonsspine, Outlands; Chronicler: Madame Adelaisa Bernois

Commendation: The Ursus, Summer 2015, Baronial Awards Issue, Barony of Septentria, Ealdormere; Chronicler: THL Thorfinna Grafeldr

Best Regular Feature

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

The winner:“Articles on A&S”, Author: Lady Catherine Weaver; Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis, Drachenwald Chronicler: Constanza of Thamesreach

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

Also nominated:

Best Article

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

The winner: “What is a Courtesan?”, Author: THL Magdalena Lucia Ramberti; The Argus – February 2016, Barony of 1000 Eyes, Artemisia; Chronicler, HL Cayleid Bien Tiernbard

Commendation: “The Basics of Beekeeping”, Author: Lord Gwydion Gwrando; The Shadow Press – Spring 2016, Barony of Shadowed Stars, Midrealm; Chronicler: Lady Broinninn ingen Magnusa

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: “The Courte Harp”, Author: Master Avatar Catsprey; The Serpent’s Tale – September 2015, Barony of Loch Soilleir. Ansteorra; Chronicler: Lady Elena Wyth

Commendation: “A Sonnet fit for a Viking Queen”, Author: Baron Claudius Brutus Di Bartolomeo; The Runestone – 4th Quarter 2015, Barony of the Western Seas; Chronicler: Lady Viviana of Peridot Isle

Also nominated:

Kingdom Chroniclers’ Honorable Mentions

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.

Kingdom Newsletter Categories

Best Cover for a Kingdom Newsletter

The Winner: Kingdom of Gleann Abhann: Embroidery by THLady Sara de la Petra, Photography by Master Cinead of Eden; The Ambassador, July 2015

Commendation: Kingdom of Ealdormere: Master Eirik Andersen, Photograph; The Tidings, March 2016

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: Ealdormere: Lord Dietrich von Sachsen, “In Remembrance of THL Jane Greenhill”; The Tidings, November 2015

Commendation: Middle: Baron Gebhard Rauten, “Talking Back to the Future”; The Pale, February 2016

Also nominated:

Best Artistic Contribution to a Kingdom Newsletter

Recognizes the artist of artwork or photography used in the interior of a kingdom newsletter. Awarded to the artist(s).

Winner: Atlantia: Atlantian Scribes, “Atlantia Rose Garden”; Acorn 1604 XTRA Supplement

Commendation: Caid: Lachlan of Cromarty, “Wenceslas Leads his Page on an Errand”; The Crown Prints – December 2015

Also Nominated: Gleann AbhannLady Cecilia Augustina, “Cartoon Rams for Burning Ram Event Flyer”; The Ambassador June 2015

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