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The Darrell Awards

Promoting Literacy in the Mid-South by
Recognizing the Best Published 
Midsouth Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Underwritten by generous support from the 
Mid-South Science & Fiction Conventions, Inc. (MSFCI)
It gives us  great pleasure to announce that the 2015 Hall of Fame inductee is JEFF CROOK for his outstanding body of Science Fiction and Fantasy work, including the sleeping and the dead, and other published works. Jeff is a local writer.

Winners & other honorees were presented at the MidSouthCon 33 Banquet on Saturday March 21, 2015.  Please see our blog at for the results - who won and who was otherwise honored.

Please contact us at memphissf at cs dot com if you would like to participate in the 2016 Darrell Awards, either as a Reader or a full-blown Member of the Jury. 
We are on Facebook and on Twitter (@darrellawards)
Please visit our blog here:

of sorts:

2016 Nomination
in pdf

Official Reader
in pdf , doc or OpenOffice

About our Darrell 
(Dr. Darrell C. Richardson)

History of the Darrell Awards

Qualifications or Rules

Hall of Fame - through 2015

Winners Index  through 2014

NOTICE to Nominees

A Statement About the Recipients of the Awards

Please note: we do NOT release a list of those works that have been merely nominated. This is because nominations are open to all; so, even the author or publisher or a relative or friend could nominate the work.

This means that it is not (as they say at the big time award shows) "an honor merely to be nominated" -- it is simply the first step in getting the work officially considered by the Darrell Awards Jury. Also, every year, we see some works that are nominated which do not qualify or which are too poor-quality for us to lend any support to them. So, for all these reasons, we do NOT confirm or deny that any particular work has been merely nominated.

For a list of the previous Winners and others receiving recognition, please see the Winners page which includes 1996 through 2014 Winners & see our blog ( for the 2015 Winners & other Honored Works. 

Please see the link on the left to the Qualifications Page before you nominate a work, ok?  See the links on the left for a 2016 Nomination Form in pdf format.  (Now that the latest version of the free Adobe Reader has a feature that lets you add text, you can fill in even the pdf version of the the form, save it and email it back to us. Or, feel free to use the Word doc or Word docx versions.) 

ANYONE CAN NOMINATE, even the author (or her agent or his publisher or their friends). All we ask is that you see the Nomination Form for details of how to nominate and what qualifies (or see the Qualifications or Rules page).

It is also a Good Thing to send several copies of the work being nominated to make it easier for the Jury to evaluate it. Two in print or one DRM-free epub or  pdf seems to work best. Of course, if the work is available only in electronic format, you can send one pdf, text or doc copy (with NO digital rights management, PLEASE!) along with your email in which you nominate the work.  Or, if it is only in print on paper, please send 2 printed copies.  For movies, 1 CD or DVD works fine, as the Jury will all watch it together at the same time.

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If you know of any works that you believe qualify, please note that the DEADLINE for nominations for the 2016 Darrell Awards has now been set as January 1, 2016. 

For Novel, Novella, & Short Story nominees, the period of publication now under consideration is from November 1, 2014, through October 31, 2015 for the 2016 Darrell Awards. Works in those categories published after October 31, 2015 would have to wait until next year for consideration. 

Please note that we continue to alternate between our Young Adult category and our Other Media category. For the 2016 Darrell Awards, we will be considering Young Adult works that otherwise qualify and that were published  between November 1, 2013, and October 31, 2015 (a two year window of publication). The Darrell Award for Best Other Media Work will not be presented in 2016; that category will be considered for the 2017 Darrell Awards, if we have qualified and worthy nominees. 

Any eligible works published before November 1, 2014 might qualify the author for a Hall of Fame nomination, as that is not limited to any given period of publication. 

If you are unclear about whether a work you want to nominate is eligible, please contact us at memphissf at cs dot com -- or you can go ahead and nominate it and let us sort it out. 

For further information on the Darrell Awards, please contact us via email.
The Darrell Awards now has its own fan page on Facebook. Please visit us there and become a fan to keep up with news about the Awards.

We know that there are other awards given in SF (yeah, we know!)  Here's a page about Other Awards

Please let us know if you find any links on here that don't work --
please send your email to : memphissf at cs dot com
and be sure to mention "Darrell Awards" in the subject line 
so we don't delete it as spam.

This page was last revised on Sunday, June 28, 2015. .