Welcome to the 4th Annual Silmaril Awards! (#SilmAwards2019)
The Silmaril Awards are fan-voted awards for the most outstanding characters in fantasy fiction — a sort of fantasy-book-character Oscars just for fun — and YOU, my friends, get to nominate said characters!
Characters from any fantasy books — unless they are written by J. R. R. Tolkien (since his characters are the Fantasy Standard for these purposes), or have already won the award before — are eligible to be nominated.
You can read more about this blog event at SilmarilAwards.com and check out the list of previous winners.
ALSO! New this year: A Facebook group! Go check it out. 😀
Keep reading for the links to other awards, the timeline, rules, and how to nominate, but first . . .
Here on my blog, I’m hosting . . .
The Silmaril Award for Most Silver Tongue!
This award was originally for Poetry and Riddling, but was updated to this name to include any character who can arguably be said to possess a silver tongue!
Previous winners of this award (who are therefore not eligible for nomination) are:
- The Sorting Hat (Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling)
- Mo/Silver Tongue (Inkheart by Cornelia Funke)
- Wizard Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)
(And, of course, our own dear Bilbo Baggins will be presenting it.)
So that should give you an idea of the sort of characters who might be worthy of the Silver Tongue award. 😉
*silver trumpets sound*
Come one, come all!
Those gifted with a way with words!
Poet, bard, or minstrel!
Those whose speech enchants the listener!
Those, perhaps, who speak riddles, or are fluent in snark, or on whose every word the reader hangs breathlessly!
Readers, share your favorite silver-tongued characters from fantasy books, and may the most eloquent win!
Nominate away in the comments below!
Be sure to check out the other categories in the list of posts below, on the other hosts’ blogs, and go share your nominations for those!
- Most Epic Heroine — J. L. Mbewe
- Least Competent Henchman — Christine Smith (She’s joining us this year for the first time! Hurray!)
- Most Magnificent Dragon — Kyle Robert Shultz
- Most Silver Tongue — Deborah O’Carroll (You are here!)
- Most Faithful Friend — E. E. Rawls
- Most Nefarious Villain — Zachary Totah
- Strangest Character — Tracey Dyck
- Most Epic Hero — DJ Edwardson
- Most Mischievous Imp — Madeline J. Rose
- Wisest Counselor — Jenelle Schmidt
September 2nd: Nominations open!
Nominations run Mon., Sept. 2 – Fri., Sept. 6, so be sure to leave your comments (and come back throughout the week to “second” other nominations!) this week!
September 9th: Voting begins
September 16th-27th: Awards will be announced on the various sites of the various presenters each weekday during this time.
- Again, Tolkien’s characters are not eligible to win these awards. We creators of the Silmarillion Awards see them as the ultimate standards for these categories already, which is why they are the Presenters of the Silmarils.
- These awards are for FANTASY characters! This means no science fiction. However, if you can make a good, solid argument for the fantastical elements in a particular science-fantasy, then by all means, go ahead! We will keep a running tab on whether or not a book counts as “fantasy”. (For instance, The Lunar Chronicles has already been accepted as fantasy in this contest.)
- Please mention what book the character is from in your nomination. While the hosts of the Silmaril Awards are wizards in their own right and voracious book dragons of speculative fiction, we haven’t all read EVERY book out there, and we might not recognize certain characters.
- Authors are welcome to participate, but please refrain from nominating your OWN characters. You may, of course, direct your fans to this event, though.
- Characters who have won in a particular category in a previous year are ineligible to be nominated for the same award again. The Silmarils are Lifetime Awards. For a list of the previous winners in each category, please check out our Hall of Fame.
- Please remember that these are Fantasy Book Awards. Therefore, a movie character is only eligible for nomination if they were a book first!
How to Nominate
Nominations are now closed! Thanks, everyone!
- Leave a comment below to nominate the character(s) you think are most worthy of the title “Most Silver Tongue”!
- If someone has already nominated any of those characters, feel free to reply to the other comments and “second” those votes!
- You may nominate and second as many characters as you like.
- The top five characters in each category at the end of the week (the ones with the most seconds) will be the ones which progress to the second round, the voting round.
And now . . .
Get to it! I can’t wait to see all the silver-tongued characters you guys nominate! 😀 (And the other categories, of course!)
Let the Silmaril Awards BEGIN!
(EDIT: NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED! THANKS, EVERYONE!)