The Pegasus Awards

The Pegasus Award for Excellence in Filking

The Pegasus Award Emblem

The Pegasus Awards were founded by OVFF to recognize and honor excellence in filking.

Any member of the worldwide filk community is eligible to win. Past Nominees have hailed from the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, and Singapore as well as the United States.

The nomination and ballot procedure is similar to that of the Hugo, except that one does not need to be a paid member of the convention to nominate or vote. Anyone with an interest in Filking or Filk music can place a nomination and/or vote.

The results are tabulated, the winners determined, and the award is presented at the Pegasus Awards Banquet on Saturday evening at each OVFF.

On these pages you will find lists of all past Pegasus nominees and winners. You will also find lyrics for many of the songs and biographies of many of the nominees.

Pegasus Award Categories for 2014

There are currently six Pegasus award categories, including two floating categories that are different each year.

Best Filk Song

Any filk song is eligible in this category so long as it has not previously won a Pegasus Award, and has not been on the final ballot in this category in both of the previous two years.

Best Classic Filk Song

Any well known filk song that is at least 10 years old and has not previously won a Pegasus Award, and has not been on the final ballot in this category in both of the previous two years.

Best Writer/Composer

Any writer/composer of filk songs who has not won this Pegasus Award in the past 5 years.

Best Performer

Any performer in the filk community who has not won this Pegasus Award in the past 5 years.

Best Adapted Song

Parodies, pre-existing lyrics set to new music (for example, setting a Kipling poem) are both types of things you can see in this category

Best Song of Passage

This includes songs about passage in the traveling sense (say, a song about looking for a Northwest Passage) or songs about a rite of passage (like a coming of age song).

Pegasus Nominations

Nominations for the Pegasus Awards are made by the people of the filk community.

Nominating ballots are made available online and at conventions each year starting around the end of May (US Memorial Day). The cut-off for nomination submissions the end of July. After the nominating ballots are counted and the selection process is completed, the top five nominees in each category are announced. This occurs on or before the first weekend in September (US Labor Day). The Final Ballot is then made available online and distributed at conventions. Voting concludes on the Friday night of OVFF, and the Pegasus Award Winners are announced at the Saturday night banquet.

Voting for the Pegasus Award

Voting is open to anyone with an interest in Filk music. Ballots are accepted both on-line and through printed ballots. On-line ballot submissions are submitted through a form on the OVFF Pegasus Awards website. Printed ballots may be mailed in, given to a representative of the OVFF convention committee before the Wednesday preceding OVFF. OVFF attendees have one more chance to submit ballots on-site at the convention before Midnight on Friday (usually after the Pegasus Nominees concert).

Pegasus Brainstorming Poll

When the Nominating Ballot is released, a list of suggested artists and songs is attached. This list is generated by the Pegasus Brainstorming Poll, where anyone with a connection to filking can submit suggestions for songs and people that they think deserve to be nominated. The brainstorming poll runs from August through mid-April.

Please note- this site is a work in progress. There is still a lot of information to gather into the Nominees pages on this site- so the lyric you are looking for, or bio information may not be here yet. We are continually working on archiving bios and lyrics of all past Nominees and Winners. Thank you for your understanding.

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