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SCA Award Nominations
(By an Unknown Author as appeared in the December 1996 Bolt)

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In February, an event known as the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre (or Val Day) will take place in Three Hills (Kalamazoo). At this event, we hope to see many of our canton populace receive well-deserved awards from the King and Queen. The King and Queen confer awards based on advice from Their peers and Kingdom officers, as well as letters sent by those folk presiding in the Middle Kingdom.

Your canton and baronial Seneschals and Ministers of Arts and Sciences are specifically charged with this responsibility. If you already have an award, especially one for which the recommendation is made, your word will also be given weight. However, the Crown wishes to hear the recommendations of any residents of the Middle Kingdom. And I'm sure you have at least one person in mind for an award.

Let me first go through the Middle Kingdom awards and then I will explain what your letter to the King and Queen (with copies going to the Crown Prince and Princess and your Baron and Baroness) should include. The various awards have been laboriously detailed in the most recent issue (as of this writing) of the Pale, called the Laws Issue . (If you did not get this issue, the canton library has it.)

Middle Kingdom Orders and Awards

What your letter should include :

IMPORTANT: Do not tell the candidate that you have written a letter of recommendation. It is traditional in the Middle Kingdom that an award recipient have NO advance warning of their award. This is especially important in light of the fact that the award may not be conferred or may be conferred months after Their Majesties have received your letter... for any number of reasons. Save your candidate from possible disappointment and preserve that delicious moment of surprise.

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