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The William Blackfox Awards - A.S. 49

The William Blackfox Awards

Greetings Gentle Readers!

I am the new Society Chronicler; as such, 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

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:
Barony of Western Seas, The Runestone, Lady Viviana of Peridot Isle, Chronicler, Caid
Comendation
Barony of Knights Crossing, Knightingale, Baronin Mechthild Quattermart, Chronicler, Drachenwald

Also nominated:

Æthelmearc
Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands, The Althing, Fuji’na no Takako, Chronicler
Ansteorra
Barony of the Steppes, Steppes Letter, Lady Sarah Fynn, Chronicler
Artemisia
Shire of Stan Wyrm, The Dragon’s Eye, Mistress Iduna Snorradottir, Chronicler
Atenveldt
Barony of Granite Mountain, Ermine Spot, Lady Allesia de Canaberiis, Chronicler
Atlantia
Barony of Hidden Mountain, Mountain Mayhem, Lord William Costello, Chronicler
Calontir
Shire of Calanais Nuadh, The Dancing Moon, Lady Dulcibella de Chateaurien, Chronicler
Ealdormere
Barony of Skraeling Althing, The Skraeling Althing Chronicle, Baroness Lucia de Enzinas, Chronicler
East
Barony of Bhakail, The Salamander, Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Chronicler
Gleann Abhann
Shire of Pilgrims Fount, The Kindred Spirit, Lord Jamys Chapman, Chronicler
Meridies
Shire of Sol Haven, The Equinox, Meistres Bronwen o Gydweli, Chronicler
Middle
Canton of Foxvale, Fox Tales, Baron Thorvald Redhair, Chronicler
Northshield
Shire of Falcon's Keep, Mewsletter, Mistress Ealasaid nic Phearsoinn and Lady Anna Meyer, Chroniclers
Outlands
Barony of Dragonsspine, Meiassis Dragon, Lady Adelaisa Bernois, Chronicler
Trimaris
Shire of Starhaven, The Vair Bell, TH Lady Eithne ingen Muirgein, Chronicler
West
Barony of Selviergard, The Dragon Tale, Baronos Halfdan "Two Bears" Ozurrson, Chronicler

 

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:

Æthelmearc
Windfalls, Shire of Coppertree; Chronicler: Lady Aerin Wen
An Tir
The Tulip and the Sword, Shire of Midhaven; Chronicler: Lady Sigga kausi Geiradotter
Ansteorra
The Scarlet Letter, Shire of Loch Ruadh; Chronicler: Lilias of the Waters
Artemisia
The Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold; Chronicler: Lady Ursula de Strattone
Atenveldt
The Missive, Barony of Twin Moons; Chronicler: Anita Challis
Caid
The Serpent’s Tongue, Barony of Calafia; Chronicler: THL Dagný Starkaðardóttir
Ealdormere
The Skraeling Althing Chronicle, Barony of Skraeling Althing; Chronicler: Baroness Lucia de Enzinas
East
The Corvus, Incipient Riding of Ravensbridge; Chronicler: Baroness Lucia de Enzinas
Meridies
The Whetstone, Barony of Thor's Mountain; Chronicler: Lady Muirenn ingen Uí Dúnchada
Middle
Flamberge, Barony of the Flame; Chronicler: Lady Marissa von Atzinger
Northshield
Mewsletter, Shire of Falcon's Keep; Chroniclers: Mistress Ealasaid nic Phearsoinn and Lady Anna Meyer
Trimaris
Wyvern’s Tale, Barony of Wyvernwoode; Chronicler: Juan Garcia Lopez de Mauleon
West
The Vox, Principality of Cynagua; Chronicler: Fionnghuala of Cynagua

 

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:

Æthelmearc
Artist: Rhiannon Elandris; Untitled, cover illumination, Ice Dragon June 2014, Barony of Rhydderich Hael
Ansteorra
Artist: Tim Sorrels; Invitation, cover illumination, The Flamebearer March 2015, Barony of Wiesenfeuer
Atenveldt
Artist: Lady Cuilleann Jorhirdr Hravnskald; cover drawing, The Tusker Times February 2015, Barony of Tir Ysgithr
Atlantia
Artist: Mistress Merwenna de Rannowe; cover illumination, Edicts and Epistles February 2015, Barony of Black Diamond
Ealdormere
Artist: Prudence Underwit; Map of Ben Dunfirth, interior illumination, The Clarion March 2015, Barony of Ben Dunfirth
East
Artist: Lysa Foxwood; Untitled, cover illumination, The Moonstone Winter A.S. 49, Province of Malagentia
Outlands
Artist: Lady Adelaisa Bernois; Untitiled, back cover photography, Meiassis Dragon July 2014, Barony of Dragonsspine
Trimaris
Artist: Lady Sof’ia Zhirinskaia; Untitled, cover illumination, Castlelore March 2015, Barony of Castlemere

 

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:

An Tir
The Wealdsmere Watch – Baronial Polling Special Edition; Barony of Wealdsmere; Chronicler: THL Avacyn Geriksdocther
Ealdormere
Ramshaven Herald, Summer 2014; Barony of Ramshaven; Chronicler: Adnar Dionadar
Calontir
The Dancing Moon – Lilies War – Battle for the Raven Banner; Shire of Calanais Nuadh Chronicler: Lady Dulcibella de Chateaurien
Middle
The Gauntlet- Vol. 2014 #3; Region of Pentamere Chronicler: Baroness Jahan Ara amat al-Hafeeza al-Shayka

 

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:

Æthelmearc
Cook’s Corner, Authors: Cook’s Guild; The Apple Press, Shire of Sylvan Glen; Chronicler: Lady Eleanor of Pembroke
Ansteorra
This Month in Medieval History, Author: Castelhana de Silva; The Eldern Pages, Barony of Eldern Hills; Chronicler: Castelhana de Silva
Atlantia
Haikus by Hattori Shojuro-san, Author: Hattori Shojuro; Mountain Mayhem, Barony of Hidden Mountain; Chronicler: Lord William Costello
Calontir
Letter from the Cook's Guild, TH Lady Fiona nic Gomliatha, The Aerie, Shire of Cum An Iolair; Chronicler: Lord Niccolo
Drachenwald
Del 2 & Del 3 I trähantverk och verktyg, Author: Eirik Hjörleifsson; Holmgången, Shire of Holmrike; Chronicler: Helena Aftonsdotter
East
Archaeology News, Author: Lady Johanna de Glastingburi; The Chanticleer, Barony Beyond the Mountain; Chronicler: Lady Johanna de Glastingburi
Gleann Abhann
Carriage Chatter, Author: Maistir Rory ua Riada, Ardanrunes, Shire of Ardenroe; Chronicler: Lady Cecelia Augustina
Meridies
Shire Shire, Cartoonist: Meistres Bronwen o Gydweli; The Equinox, Shire of Sol Haven; Chronicler: Meistres Bronwen o Gydweli
Middle
Dear Parrot, Lady Brighid Breatnach, The Portcullis, Barony of Brendoken; Chronicler: Lady Brighid Breatnach
Northshield
C&I Corner, Author: Mistress Eva of Greenfield; Song of the Tower, Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr; Chronicler: THL Arnbjorn Karlssson
Outlands
These Are the People in Your Barony, Author: Lady Teresa McDuffie; Baronial Shaft, Barony of al-Barran; Chronicler: Lady Teresa McDuffie
West
Baronial Business Meeting Notes, Author: Mastyer Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov; The Gatekeeper, Barony of Wintersgate; Chronicler: Mistress Morgana yr Oerfa

 

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:

Æthelmearc
Viking Navigation and the Sunstone, Author: Mistress Mathilde des Pyrenées; Summer 2014 Windfall, Shire of Coppertree; Chronicler: Lady Aerin Wen
Ansteorra
Medieval Spices in a Modern Kitchen, Author: Mistress Dunstana Talana the Violet; Nordic Saga, Barony of Northkeep; Chronicler: THL Dervilia O’Shannon
Artemisia
Iduna’s Language Information, Author: Mistress Iduna Snorradottir; Dragon’s Eye, Shire of Stan Wyrm; Chronicler, Mistress Iduna Snorradottir
Atlantia
Interview – Seneschal of Stierbach, Master Ii Saburou Katsumori, Author: Lady Aine O’Fearghail; The Bull, Barony of Stierbach; Chronicler: Lady Aine O’Fearghail
An Tir
Portable Breakdown Cheese Press, Author: Baron Marcellus Capoziello da Napoli; The Privy, Barony of Terra Pomaria; Chronicler: THL Melannei Athenaios
Calontir
On Being a Landed Baronage in Calontir, Authors: Sir Duncan Bruce of Logan & Mistress Ylva Jonsdottir; The Clarion, Barony of Forgotten Sea; Chronicler: Duchess Phaedra filia Roberti
Ealdormere
A Game of Words: Skaldic Poetry (Drottkvaet), Author: Lord Pelayo of Marchmount; Ursus, Barony of Septentria; Chronicler: Lyda Langsrackrdottir
East
Snow White, Author: Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranleigh; The Salamander, Barony of Bhakhail; Chronicler: Lord Martyn de Halliwell
Meridies
The Longest Reign, Author: Lady Muirenn ingen Uí Dúnchada; The Whetstone, Barony of Thor’s Mountain; Chronicler: Lady Muirenn ingen Uí Dúnchada
Middle
A Guide to Youth Rapier Combat in the Middle Kingdom, Author: Warder Michael McCay; The Gauntlet, Region of Pentamere; Chronicler: Baroness Jahan Ara amat al-Hafeeza al-Shayka
Northshield
Ruffs, Author: THL Druscilla Galbraith; Song of the Tower, Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr; Chronicler: THL Arnbjorn Karlsson
Outlands
Ward Them Off, Author: Lady Mevanou verch Reys Yriskynit; Medieval Tymes, Barony of The Citadel of the Southern Pass; Chronicler: Lady Mevanou verch Reys Yriskynit
Trimaris
Silk and Linen Banner Painting, Author: Mistress Milesenda de Bourges; Castlelore, Barony of Castlemere; Chronicler: THL Deirdre Ui Mhaille

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:

Æthelmearc
The Tale of the Wandering Lion: My Story in Verse, Author: Leo the Ronin; Across the Hills Spring 2015, Barony of Endless Hills; Chronicler: Leo the Ronin
Ansteorra
Grey Pewter Cup (Song), Author: Baroness Caterina Giovanni di Gilead; The Plume, Barony of Namron; Chronicler: Lady Villana Palazollo
Ealdormere
For Three Birthdays and an Anniversary, Author: Master Hector of the Black Height; Ursus Summer, August 2014, Barony of Septentria; Chronicler: Lyda Langackrdottir
Meridies
Ballata No. 1: Crown Tournament, Author: Meistres Bronwen o Gydweli; The Equinox, Shire of Sol Haven; Chronicler: Meistres Bronwen o Gydweli
Middle
Justice, Author: Master Midar MacCormaic; The Citadel, Barony of Cynnabar; Chronicler: Lord Gavriil Petrovich
Outlands
The Dust of Outlandish, Author: Lady Jorhild Hravnskald Cuillean, called Quillon; Baronial Shaft, Barony of al-Barran; Chronicler: Lady Teresa MacDuffie
West
From Thence There Came the Baron, Author: Mr. Wilhelm Holzmann; Far West Tidings, Barony of the Far West; Chronicler: Wilhelm von Basel

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:

Calontir
THL Aiden O’Seaghdha, Photograph; The Mews, June 2014
Ealdormere
Lady Augusta Gamarelli, Drawing; The Tidings, May 2014
East
Doña Camille des Jardins, Illumination; Pikestaff, January 2015
Gleann Abhann
Baroness Adalyde de Sardaigne, Photograph; The Ambassador, April 2015
Middle
Countess Alys Katharine, Photograph "Stonemason"; The Pale, August 2014
Outlands
Lord Rowland of Lincolnshire, Drawing; Outlandish Herald, January 2015
Trimaris
Seamus Mac Airt, Photograph "Royal Couple at Long Nights"; The Talewinds, January 2015
West
Blasé di Angelo, Drawing; The Page, October 2015

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:

Ansteorra
Lady Emma de Fetherstan, "Fantastic Armory from Around the Known World"; The Black Star
Atlantia
THL Jonathan Blackbow, "Thirteenth Night"; The Acorn
Ealdormere
Master Hector of the Black Height, "Childish Writing Isn’t Easy"; The Tidings, February 2015
Gleann Abhann
Mistress Barbara Sterling, Historian Notes; The Ambassador

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.
Atlantia
Chronicler Lady Gytha of Withorn Sea; Quid Nobi, Barony of Caer Mear
Calontir
Chronicler Lucrezia Contarini; The Crystal Mercurial Newsletter, Shire of Crystal Mynes
Drachenwald
Chronicler Elischeva von Styra ; The Court Jester; Shire of Ad Flumen Caerulum
Outlands
Artist Lady Livia Agrinali;Digital Artwork for the Outlands Battlemoor V, Outlandish Herald Chronicler: THL Dairine inghean Ghriogair
Trimaris
Author Lady Toki Ima, "A Cute Litte Story from Hoggestowne"; The Talewinds Chronicler: Lady Ciar ingen Ui Meic Thire
West
Chronicler Mistress Morgana yr Oerfa; The Gatekeeper, Barony of Winter’s Gate
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