Since 1984, the Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF) has given out Pegasus Awards to the top in filk music. They are currently taking nominations for this year’s awards. Anyone with an interest in filk and the filk community is encouraged to send in their suggestions.
Each year they have four constant categories: Best Song, Best Classic Filk Song, Best Performer, and Best Writer/Composer. They also have two floating categories that change every year. Examples of past years’ floating categories are Best Love Song, Best Literature Song, Best Techie Song, Best Sing Along, Best Battle Song, Best Song that Tells a Story. This year they are Best Gaming Song and Best Travel Song. Explanations and nominee requirements of categories below.
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 Gaming Song: Any song that refers to gaming, reflects activities in a game, etc.
Best Travel Song: Songs that take you somewhere, or are about destinations.
Nominations can come from anyone in the filk community or fan of it. Ballots are online of the Pegasus Awards website. Nominations will be taken till the end of July; the ballots will be counted and the selection process begins. The top five nominees in each category will be announced the first weekended in September, Labor Day. The Final Ballots will be online and distributed at conventions for anyone to vote. You can vote up till the Wednesday before OVFF. If you attend OVFF, in Columbus, you can submit on-site ballots till Midnight on Friday night of OVFF, after the Pegasus Nominees concert. The winners are announced at the Pegasus Award Banquet on Saturday.
Nominations can be anyone who is part of the filk community, anywhere in the world. Filkers from Europe, Australia, and Asian have one in past year. If you want to take part in the voting process but do not know a lot of filk artists, Pegasus has lists of already suggested artists and songs to check out. Also, you can look at the ones I have list on the right site of the blog. Remember this is for people who fit in with filk and are fine with being part of it. Weird Al is not one of them. Past winners and nominees are also listed on the website as well, so check there too.