William Blackfox Award Winners Announced

Mistress Nicolaa de Bracton, Society Chronicler, has announced the A.S. 38 William Blackfox Award winners. The Blackfox Awards are given for excellence in chronicling.

This year's winners are:

Best Overall Newsletter
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. The title is awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

  • Fox Tales, Shire of Vulpine Reach (Meridies),
    Chronicler: Gysela von Tiefenbach

Best Layout and Design
For the best-looking newsletter. Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

  • Silversparren, Principality of Nordmark (Drachenwald),
    Chronicler: Lady Uvhild Ingesdotter Skragge

Best Artwork
For artwork on the cover or interior of the newsletter. Awarded to the newsletter and the artist.

  • Normans, THL Isaac Bane, The Flamebearer (Color cover art - January 2004), Barony of Wiesenfeuer (Ansteorra)
  • Archers, Scott Campbell, Gyldenholt Press (Black & White cover art - November 2003), Barony of Gyldenholt (Caid)

Best Special Issue
For Arts and Sciences issues, or other limited-focus issues of a geographic group (Canton, Shire, Barony, etc.). Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

  • Yesterday's Memories - Tomorrow's Treasures: Illiton 1976-2003. The Siren's Song, Barony of Illiton (Middle Kingdom),
    Chronicler: Baintighearn Aimiliona Tevnane

Best Special Interest Newsletter
For Arts & Sciences issues, or other limited-focus issues of a geographic group (Canton, Shire, Barony, etc.). Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

  • Pigments of Your Imagination (AEthelmearc Scribal Newsletter).
    THL Alienora Russeal, Editor.
  • Artes Draconis (Middle Kingdom A&&S Newsletter).
    Mistress Siobhan O'Neill, Editor.

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

  • Middle Kingdom
    Gabriela's Needlework Nook,
    Baroness Gabriela Maria del Celmentini d'Orvieto, Castel Rouge Chronicle, Barony of Castel Rouge.

Best Article
Recognizes the author of an outstanding article. Awarded to the writer and the newsletter.

  • "To Sail by the Emperor's Command",
    Lord Sverrir Valthjolfrsson, The Aerie, Canton/Shire of Cum an Iolar (Calontir)
  • "Proper Italian Ladies Did Not Leave the House with Naked Heads (unless, of course, they were Venetian)",
    Lady Genevieve D'Valois, Fox Tales, Shire of Vulpine Reach (Meridies)

Special Commendation:

  • Northwatch, Principality of Northshield (Middle Kingdom),
    Chronicler: Lord Friedrich von Augsburg

Honorable Mentions:
These are 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.

Over the Edge, Shire of Gate's Edge,
Chronicler: Lady Caitlin nan Cnoc Airgead.
"Lady Caitlin has limited resources and no publishing background, but makes superb use of what she has. She is always on time, and always tries to meet the needs of her group."

Tales from the Mist, Shire of Winter Mist,
Chronicler: Lady Killyr of Kilernan.
"Monthly features of interest, herb of the month column, Words of Distinction column, and has worked hard to add more and more to the newsletter of a small shire."

Wizard, Shire of Nea Nikopolis,
Chronicler: Lady Mairghread of Herth.
"The Shire of Nea Nikopolis shares a common Drachenwald problem, which is that it is a small group very isolated from regular contact with the rest of the kingdom. Wizard has impressed me with its will to fill that gap; it is nicely produced and designed, and seems to me to perform an important educational function for a new and inexperienced group."

The Wobbly Wheel, Barony of Knight's Crossing,
Chronicler: Dame Honor of Restormel.
"Wobbly Wheel...is notable for its strong focus on newcomers and newcomer information and education, and for its meticulous attention to the barony's administrative details, particularly business meeting minutes."

East Kingdom
In a Nutshell, Canton of Gleann nam Fedras Dubh,
Chronicler: Lady Katrine Lyndesay.
"Well done and always full of stuff. It's loaded with information."

The Waterspark, Shire of Lagerdamm,
Chronicler: Lady Resa de Oliphant.
"Excellent educational newsletter with recipes, patterns, and interesting facts."

Middle Kingom
"Song of the Amphitere" (poem),
Lady Eliane Halevy, Village Idiot, Barony of Windhaven.
"Nice piece of poetry written for a baronial investiture."

For a complete list of nominees from all participating kingdoms, visit the William Blackfox Award website of the Society Chronicler's page. (Linked above)