The William Blackfox Awards

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Greetings Gentle Readers!

Every year it is as if Christmas has come early for me – it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time for the Master William Blackfox Awards! Each of your kingdom chroniclers and staff painstakingly pored over each newsletter from Anno Societatis LI — 51 — and gifted me with the very best from their kingdom.

This is my third year overseeing these awards and every year, I am inspired and amazed. The commitment each chronicler, artisan, wordsmith, photographer, and scholar has given brings beauty and richness to the Dream. Through your hard work, the pride and love you each have for your craft, your group, and your kingdom shows through. I am awestruck and humbled by your efforts. I wish to congratulate each of the nominees from around the Known World. You have represented your groups and kingdoms with distinction. Well done, all of you. Well done!

The kingdom chroniclers have my deepest gratitude for the hours spent considering each nomination; your endeavors brought so many marvelous works to my desk. Thank you; your continued dedication inspires me. I further extend my gratitude to my judges for their assistance in selecting the winners. Recipients of this prestigious award will receive a Blackfox token, a certificate and the right to use “Master William Blackfox Award Winner, category, AS LI (51)” in their newsletters along with the Blackfox logo.

I present to you the Master William Blackfox Awards for A.S. 51!

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: The Seraph, Barony of the Angels, Kingdom of Caid; Chronicler: Samthan Sidhbh Ni Dhochartaigh
Commendation: The Dragon’s Eye, Shire of Stan Wyrm, Kingdom of Artemisia; Chronicler: Mistress Iduna Snorradottir

Also nominated:

Best Layout and Design

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

The winner: Knightingale, Barony of Knights Crossing, Drachenwald; Chronicler: Lady Catalina de Zaragoza
Commendation: Tusker Times, Barony of Tir Ysgithr, Atenveldt; Chronicler: Lady Decima Aspenewell

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: Lord Demian von Hesse; Illustration, August Issue Cover, Il Tempo, August 2016. Barony of Ponte Alto, Atlantia. Chroniclers: Eliyahu bat Lavana and Lord Ronan mac Imair

Commendation: Artist: Lady Christiana Crane; Portrait Illustration, Syr Cedric of Thanet, The Northern Watch, March 2017. Barony of Endwearde, East. Chronicler: Lady Audrye Beneyt

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 Shard – “The Sharks”, April Fools Edition 2017; Barony of Shattered Crystal, Middle Kingdom; Chronicler: Tiarna Cin´ed Ulric, Amhranai tan Briongloid

Commendation:The Runestone – 50th Year Edition; Barony of Western Seas, Caid; Chronicler: Bantiarna Sadhbh inghean ui Conghal

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: The Althing – A&S Issue – February 2017, Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands; Chronicler: Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr

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: “Otilia Explains It All”, Author: Lady Elena Wyth [writing as Otilia von Loch]; The Serpent’s Tale, Barony of Loch Soilleir, Ansteorra; Chronicler: Lady Elena Wyth

Commendation: “Chronicles and Notes of Recent Events”, Author: Mistress Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook; The Carolingian Minuscule, Barony of Carolingia, East; Chronicler: Lady Edith Steyning

Also nominated:

Best Article

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

The winner: “Liquorice”, Author: THL Johnnae Ilyn Lewis; The Citadel, Spring 2017, Barony of Cynnabar, Midrealm; Chronicler: Lord Gavriil Petrovich

Commendation: “Royal Rooms in the Swamp – A History”, Author: Baroness Ursula of the North Woods; The MudPuppy, Barony of Settmour Swamp, East; Chronicler: Lady Charis Accipiter

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 Lady Blushes”, Author: Jace of Golden Rivers; The Vox – July Investiture 2016, Principality of Cynagua, West; Chronicler: Morwenna of Tintagel

Commendation: “An Acrostic in Ottava Rima on the Name of Saint Dorothea, for her Feast Day”, Author: Master Morian Macbain; The Althing – A&S Issue – February 2017, Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, Æthelmearc; Chronicler: THL Caitilin ni Mhaolchonaire

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: Atlantia: Dame Margery Winterbourne, Illumination, Untitled; The Acorn, January 2017

Commendation: Northshield: Hana Hara, Illustration, Untitled; The Northwatch, January 2017

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: Atlantia: Lord Jonathan Blackbow, “The Other Side of the Wall at PENNSIC”; The Acorn, September 2016

Commendation: Middle: Lady Lynne Fairchild, “Blackwork Embroider”; The Pale, January 2017

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: Caid: Lady Moriah Ferch Arthur, “Sea Dragon”; The Crown Prints – August 2016

Commendation: Northshield: Hana Hara, “Incidental art”; Northwatch – February 2017

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