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The William Blackfox Awards - A.S. 50

The William Blackfox Awards

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

This does not necessarily mean 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:

Æthelmearc
The Ice Dragon, Barony of the Rhydderich Hael; Chronicler: Baron Magnus de Lyons
Ansteorra
The Serpent's Tale, Barony of Loch Soilleir; Chronicler: Lady Elena Wyth
Atenveldt
Twin Moons Missive, Barony of Twin Moons; Chronicler: Mistress Anita de Challis
Atlantia
The Talon, Barony of Hawkwood; Chronicler: Lady Mahala of Sully Grove
Calontir
The Aerie, Shire of Cum An Iolair; Chronicler: Lord Niccolo
Ealdormere
Ben Dunfirth Clarion, Barony of Ben Dunfirth; Chronicler: THL Augusta Weyfare
East
Kenning Points, Barony of Smoking Rocks; Chronicler: Lady Marguerite von Elfenau
Gleann Abhann
The Kindred Spirit, Shire of Pilgrims Fount; Chronicler: THL Jamys Chapman
Lochac
The Innilgard Irregular, Barony of Innilgard; Chronicler: Baroness Annys Blodwell
Meridies
The Iron Baron, Barony of Iron Mountain; Chronicler: THL Anne Geyervogelin
Northshield
Crystal Quill, Barony of Nordskogen; Chronicler: Mistress Rosanore of Redthorn
Trimaris
Castlelore, Barony of Castlemere; Chronicler: THL Deirdre Ui Mhaille
West
The Guardian, Principality of Oertha; Chronicler: Despotes Halfdan "Two Bears" Ozurrson

 

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:

Æthelmearc
The Sentinel, Barony of St. Swithin's Bog; Chronicler: THL Caitilin ni Mhaolchonaire
Ansteorra
Elfsea Tidings, Barony of Elfsea; Chronicler: Lady Johanna da Verona
Atlantia
The Yeoman, Barony of Bright Hills; Chronicler: Lady Scholastica Joycors
Caid
The Seraph, Barony of the Angels; Chronicler: Samthan Sidhbh Ni Dhochartaigh
Calontir
The Clarion, Barony of Forgotten Sea; Chronicler: Lady Narcissa Patricia
East
Les Nouvelles du Havre, Barony of Havre des Glaces; Chronicler: Lady Deirdre Ruadh Inghean Mhic An Mhadaidh
Gleann Abhann
A Sea Lion's Tale, Barony of Seleone; Chronicler: Don Luciano di Giovanni
Lochac
From the Tower, Southron Gaard; Chronicler: Mistress Eleanora van den Bogaerde
Meridies
The Iron Baron, Barony of Iron Mountain; Chronicler: THL Anne Geyervogelin
Middle
The Riven Star, Barony of Rivenstar; Chronicler: Lady Katrín Grímsdóttir
Northshield
Mewsletter, Shire of Falcon's Keep; Chronicler: Lady Anna Meyer
Trimaris
The Wyvern's Tale, Wyvernwoode; Chronicler: Marcus MacAndrew
West
Tempus Nebularum, Principality of the Mists; Chronicler: Urtatim al-Qurtubiyya bint 'abd al-Karim al-hakam al-Fassi

 

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:

Ansteorra
Artist: Isaac Bane; Illumination and calligraphy, Invitation, The Flamebearer, December 2016. Barony of Wiesenfeuer; Chronicler: Lord Donnan Ó Néill
Calontir
Artist: THL Sorcha O'Riain; Illumination, Untitled, Dragonflyer, First Quarter 2017. Barony of Vatavia Chronicler: THL Sorcha O’Riain
Ealdormere
Artist: THL Bjarn Aaronson; Illustration, Cover for Fall Edition, The Ursus, Fall Edition, November 2016. Barony of Septentria; Chronicler: THL Þorfinna gráfeldr
Gleann Abhann
Artist: Lady Celestine Augusta; Illumination, Untitled, Ardanrunes, Summer Quarterly 2016. Shire of Ardanroe; Chronicler: Maistir Rory ua Riada
Middle
Artist: Jonathan Fairchild; Illustration, Cover, Flammeus Alles, November 2016. Barony of Fenix; Chronicler: Lady Ernín Ainsheasccar Ó Raghallaigh
Trimaris
Artist: Lady Marianna La’Vencentia; Illumination, Cover Artwork, Castlelore, August 2016. Barony of Castlemere; Chronicler: THL Deirdre Ui Mhaille
West
Artist: Linnet Hatfield; Painting, Oil Painting, The Vox, July 2016. Principality of Cynagua; Chronicler: Morwenna of Tintagel

 

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:

Calontir
The Oakleaf - January 2017; Shire of Oakheart; Chronicler: Cerric aet Blaecac
East
Bergental Berserker, Yule 2016; Barony of Bergental; Chronicler: Lady Emele Schuolerin
Gleann Abhann
The Clouded Issue - Summer 2016; Barony of Grey Niche; Chronicler: Duchess Linnet MacLeod
Trimaris
Castlelore – December 2016; Barony of Castlemere; Chronicler: THL Deirdre Ui Mhaille

 

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:

Æthelmearc
"Bardic Corner", Author: Lord Jan Langhe ten Walde; Full Tilt, Barony of Delftwood; Chronicler: Lord Jan Langhe ten Walde
Artemisia
"Iduna's Language Information", Author: Mistress Iduna Snorradottir; Dragon's Eye, Shire of Stan Wyrm; Chronicler: Mistress Iduna Snorradottir
Atlantia
"Tastings from the Wooden Spoon", Author: Lady Marie Hélène of the New Forest; The Knottinghill Quill, Barony of Nottinghill Coil; Chronicler: Lady Merewyn Sharp
Caid
"A Wanderer in Rags", Author: Lord Riley Frost of Farhaven; The Runestone, Barony of Western Seas; Chronicler: Bantiarna Sadhbh inghean Ui Conghal
Calontir
"Member Review", Author: Mistress Sofya la Rus; The Parade, Shire of Heraldshill; Chronicler: Lord Sifrid von Eichelborn
Ealdormere
"Alienor's Aamp;S Adventures", Author: Lady Alienor la Fileuse; Skraeling Althing Chronicle, Barony of Skraeling Althing; Chronicler: Constantine Breathnach
Gleann Abhann
"Counting in the Counting House", Author: THL Sarra Mary Heryngton; The Kindred Spirit, Shire of Pilgrims Fount; Chronicler: THL Jamys Chapman
Meridies
"Left to Our Own Devices", Author: Meistres Bronwen o Gydweli; The Equinox, Shire of Sol Haven; Chronicler: Meistres Bronwen o Gydweli
Northshield
"Proceedings of the Populace Meeting (or What Happened at the Populace Meeting)", Author: Kudrun Pilegrim; Rokeclif's White Birch, Shire of Rokeclif; Chronicler: Kudrun Pilegrim

 

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:

Ansteorra
"I Will Never Go To Gulf War Again!", Author: Dyrfinna "Kizzy" Robertsdottir; From the Treetop, Canton of Haldtre; Chronicler: Lady Rebekah Aleyn
Artemisia
"Iduna's Language Information - Japanese", Author: Mistress Iduna Snorradottir; Dragon's Eye, Shire of Stan Wyrm; Chronicler: Mistress Iduna Snorradottir
Caid
"An Examination of Pear-Like Qualities", Author: Mistress Teleri of Gwynedd; The Phoenix, Barony of Nordwache; Chronicler: THL Cormac Macleod
Calontir
"Calontir Customs: Words in Dispute in AS 51", Author: THL HL Vǫlu-Ingibiǫrg; Runestaff, Barony of Mag Mor; Chronicler: Countess Morgana of Raglan
Drachenwald
"Continuing with Panache", Author: Catherine Weaver; The Baelfyr, Insulae Draconis; Chronicler: Lady Amphelise de Wodeham
Ealdormere
"Huntsman's Harvest", Author: Lady Augusta Weyfare; The Ben Dunfirth Clarion, October 2016, Barony of Ben Dunfirth; Chronicler: Lady Augusta Weyfare
Gleann Abhann
"What to Bring to Your First Event", Author: Duchess Linnet MacLeod; The Clouded Issue, Barony of Grey Niche; Chronicler: Duchess Linnet MacLeod
Lochac
"Marco Polo in Korcula", Author: Lord Lowrens Wilyamson; From The Tower, Barony of Southron Gaard; Chronicler: Mistress Eleanora van den Bogaerde
Meridies
"Knights and Kites", Author: Lady Ella du Soleil; The Equinox Vol. 331 Jan AS LI (2017), Shire of Sol Haven; Chronicler: Meistres Bronwen o Gydweli
Trimaris
"Can you Guess This?", Author: THL Alane Godwin; Vair Bell, Shire of Starhaven; Chronicler: THL Eithne ingen Muirgein
West
"Red Apple Tarts", Author: Finna kottr Goðormsd´ttir; The Vox, Principality of Cynagua; Chronicler: Morwenna of Tintagel

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:

Ansteorra
"The Slaying of a Giant", Author: Lady Angelina Francesca de Nardi; The Cup Runneth Over – April 2017, Canton of Myrgenfeld; Chronicler: Lady Leota of Rutlandshire
Atlantia
"The Bamboo Flute Tanka", Author: Lord Hattori Shojuro-san; The Mountain Mayhem – April 2017, Barony of Bright Hills; Chronicler: THL Jorunn nic Lochlainn
Caid
"Skallagrim and Thorbjorn", Author: Skallagrim Ulfednar; Tales from the Mist –September 2016, Barony of Wintermist; Chronicler: Colette Olivier la Founiere
Calontir
"The Calon Phoenix", Author: Lady Dulcibella de Chateaurien; The Dancing Moon – April 2017, Shire of Calanais Nuadh; Chronicler: Lady Dulcibella de Chateaurien
Drachenwald
"Spring Crown", inbjudan från Gyllengran, Author: Fru Tyra Stigsdotter; Silversparren – January 2017, Principality of Nordmark; Chronicler: Lady Gele Pechplumin
Trimaris
"A Collection of Four Tanka", Author: Lady Ciarán Ó Muireagáin; Vair Bell – August 2016, Shire of Starhaven; Chronicler: THL Eithne ingen Muirgein

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.
Ansteorra
The Steppes Letter; Barony of The Steppes; Chronicler: Lady Safiya Spizega
Artemisia
Article: "Random Carp", HE K. Braden von Sobernheim, The Moose Call; Barony of Arn Hold; Chronicler: Lady Ursula de Strattone
Atlantia
Featured Artworks: Draw Me a Dragon, Artists: The Children of the Barony of Hidden Mountain, Madison, Megan, Landon, Willow, Anna, Roibeard’s Daughter, and Qulan, The Mountain Mayhem - March 2017; Barony of Hidden Mountain; Chronicler: THL Jorunn nic Lochlainn
Calontir
Feature: "What's New, In What's Old", THL Fionfel Songspinner, The Barge; Barony of Three Rivers; Chronicler: THL Fiondel Songspinner
Drachenwald
"Sharing Knowledge", Catherine Weaver, The Baelfyr; Principality of Insulae Draconis; Chronicler: Lady Constanza of Thamesreach
Ealdormere
Photograph, Feast of the Hare 2016, Photographer: Lord Dafydd ap Alan, The Skraeling Althing Chronicle, December 2016; Barony of Skraeling Althing; Chronicler: Lord Constantine Breathnach
East
The Chanticleer; Barony Beyond the Mountain; Chronicler: Lady Johanna de Glastingburi
Gleann Abhann
The Forge; Shire of Smythkepe; Chronicler: THL Aveline Frazer
West
The Current; Province of Golden Rivers; Chronicler: Linnet Hatfield

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:

Ansteorra
Nadine L. Meade, Photograph, Untitled; The Black Star, May 2016
Artemisia
Ylva Lakandottir, Photograph, A Rose being handed to the Queen of Artemisia; The Sage Advice, January 2017
Caid
Mistress Teleri of Gwynneth, Illustration, Phoenix Rising; The Crown Prints, October 2016
Calontir
Master Grimwulf Harland, Ink Drawing, Coronation of Edward III based on 1330 image; The Mews, April 2017
East
Lady Cassandra Arques, Illustration, Untitled; Pikestaff, January 2017
Lochac
Duchess Nerissa de Saye, Photograph, Coronation, carved ivory panel, V&A museum, London UK; Pegasus, 2017
Meridies
Lady Kasi of Forth Castle, drawing, Varangian; Popular Chivalry, July 2016
Middle
Mistress Marissa von Atzinger, Photograph, Untitled; The Pale, October 2016
Trimaris
THL Tristrum de Kerjean, Photograph, Untitled; Talewinds, October 2016
West
Tusya Tatiana Sudoseva, Photograph, West Kingdom Banner, June Crown; The Page, January 2017

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 Embroidery"; The Pale, January 2017

Also nominated:

Artemisia
Mistress Iduna Snoradottir, "Iduna's Language Information"; The Sage Advice; Multiple Issues
Caid
Lady Qara Unegen, "I Remember"; The Crown Prints, September 2016
Ealdormere
THL Roselyne de l'Estrangere & "Master Colyne Stewart, Minerva and Mars Debate Their Worth"; The Tidings, October 2016
Lochac
Lord Nicodemus Novello, "From the Seneschal"; Pegasus; Multiple Issues
Northshield
THL Jehanette de Provins, "Minister of Tournaments articles"; Northwatch; Multiple Issues
Trimaris
THL Aibhlin inghean Daibhidh, "Performance and Written Work Documentation for Art-Sci"; Talewinds - November 2016
West
Derelei filia Uoret, "Learning"; The Page – February 2017

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

Also Nominated:

Artemisia
Baroness Illora of the West Lea, "Photo of Armored Fighters"; The Sage Advice - April 2017
Atlantia
Neil Alexander, "Portrait of Their Majesties, Dietrich and Thora"; The Acorn - May 2016
Calontir
THL Geva de Kent, "Battlefield Photo"; The Mews – March 2017
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