The Darrell Awards Approach

https://darrellawards.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/2016-darrell-awards-finalists-2/

Congratulations to When Dragons Sleep by Steven Glen Baird for being a finalist!!!

http://www.darkoakpress.com/dragonssleep.html

2016 Darrell Awards Finalists — And Two Winners — Announced

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the following outstanding authors were chosen by the 2016 Darrell Awards Jury as Finalists for the Best Published Midsouth Science Fiction, Fantasy, and/or Horror.

Short Stories
Zedhead by Victor Lorthos
The Ones Who Remember by Robert J. Krog
Memphis BBQ by Cat Rambo
Sentry by Herika R. Raymer

Young Adult Works
The Old Blood by Tim Bohn
All The Turns of Light by Frank Tuttle

Novels
When Dragons Sleep by Steven Glen Baird
Lincoln’s Bodyguard by T. J. Turner
The Darker Carnival by Frank Tuttle

The Jury is also pleased to announce that AARON CHRISTOPHER DROWN is our newest winner of the Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award for his outstanding body of work, including many excellent short stories.

In addition, the Jury has chosen Brielle and the Alien Geek by JESSICA COULTER SMITH as the Winner of the 2016 Darrell Award for Best Midsouth SF/F/H Novella.

Congratulations to all of the Finalists!

The 2016 Darrell Awards will be presented during the Banquet at MidSouthCon 34 on Saturday, March 19. Please see the convention’s website at www.midsouthcon.org for details of that event.

The Artifice Conspiracy – Wes Yahola

wesyaholaMagic and Sabotage

A spy sabotages the demonstration of an experimental magical airship. The explosion kills nearly a hundred people. Among the dead are an imperial princess, a bishop, and most of the family of the wizard Lord Harlow Tammadore, cousin to the airship’s designer and himself an arcane consultant on the ship’s ground breaking propulsion artifice.

Teaming with the Imperial Knight Zorrah Pestle, charged with bringing the perpetrator of the deaths to justice, Harlow seeks revenge for his family’s death.

Together, Harlow and Zorrah uncover a conspiracy involving a rebellious prince about to undergo a ritual that will make him an undead of unspeakable power, a mysterious dragon with a secret agenda all his own, and the development of the most powerful weapon of magic the world has ever known.

http://www.darkoakpress.com/artifice.html

NEW ORLEANS CONFERENCE EMPOWERS GENRE WRITERS WITH DIALOGUE, CONTACTS, AND ROI

Great Article 🙂

The first annual New Orleans Genre Writers Conference was held June 5-7, 2015. The 3-day event was sponsored by Dark Oak Press and Media.

Convention producers wanted to offer attendees useful genre-focused panel time and a Big Easy dose of inspiration. Their goal is to perpetuate an annual convention package that caters to science fiction, horror, and fantasy genre writers, surrounded by the allure and ambiance of the City that Care Forgot,

Dark Oak Press and Media Managing Editor Allan Gilbreath opened his speech by welcoming attendees and guests to the Friday night Meet and Greet at the Howlin’ Wolf Den in New Orleans. Next, he asked if anybody’s head was ready to explode, alluding to the attention everyone had given toward the full day of panels.

Laughter ensued and whatever ice remained within that steamy New Orleans venue was broken instantly. Then the sorcery that Gilbreath works so well began to swirl about the room in a haze of colored can lights.

Allan discussed the availability of writers’ conferences for ‘everything on the planet’ from romance to how-to books.Per Gilbreath, “I’m not sure that’s writing. That’s teaching you how to type eloquently. Let’s face it. Genre is last.”

Then he turned it around, with, “Geek is chic. I love that right now.”

Finish reading at:

http://www.examiner.com/article/new-orleans-conference-empowers-genre-writers-with-dialogue-contacts-and-roi?cid=db_articles