Pegasus Award

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Photograph of several people on stage in front of a black curtain bearing the letters O V F F.
Mary Crowell and others on stage at Ohio Valley Filk Fest 2012.

The Pegasus Award is the premier award in the Filk music field.[1] It is given annually at the Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF).


The Pegasus Awards were founded to recognize and honor excellence in filking. Anyone with an interest in filk can nominate songs or individuals for the awards, and anyone can vote. It is not necessary to be a member of the convention to be involved in the nomination and voting process.

Currently awards are given in six categories: Best Song, Best Performer, Best Writer/Composer, Best Classic Song and two topical categories that vary from year to year. Some examples of past categories include: Best Love Song, Best Literature Song, Best Techie Song, Best Sing Along, etc.

The OVFF convention committee solicits nominations for Finalists for the Pegasus Awards (the Nominating Ballot) during the late spring and summer. There is an opinion poll that runs during the year as well to help interested folk brainstorm ideas for the Nominating Ballot. The Finalist Ballot is distributed in the early fall, and must be returned by the opening night of OVFF. Voting can be done online—either to nominate Finalists, or to vote for the Finalists themselves. The final round of voting happens at OVFF itself, where handwritten ballots are collected after the annual Pegasus concert. The entire process is administered by the OVFF convention committee.[2]

Ohio Valley Filk Fest[edit]

Ohio Valley Filk Fest
Status Active
Genre Filk music
Location(s) Worthington, Ohio
Country United States
Inaugurated 1984

The Ohio Valley Filk Fest, or O.V.F.F. is one of the largest filk music conventions.[3] It is held annually in October in the Columbus, Ohio area. The culmination of the event is the presentation of the Pegasus Award.[4]

The first OVFF was held in 1984 in Cincinnati and was attended by about 80 people; it included the presentation of the first Pegasus Awards. After skipping 1985, it moved to the Columbus area but retained "Ohio Valley" in its name. The convention has been held every year since then, in various locations in the Columbus area. Recent conventions had been held in Dublin, Ohio, but as of 2010 the convention has moved to nearby Worthington, also on the far north side of Columbus.

Lists of award winners[edit]

  *   Ties and joint winners

Best Performer[edit]

Year Performer Notes
2015 Bohnhoff, Jeff and MayaJeff and Maya Bohnhoff
2014 Cheshire Moon
2013 Adams, Alexander JamesAlexander James Adams
2012 Tinney, BetsyBetsy Tinney
2012 Wild Mercy
2011 McNally, AmyAmy McNally
2010 Tucker, S. J.S. J. Tucker
2009 Dale, HeatherHeather Dale & Ben Deschamps
2008 Vixy & Tony
2007 Crowell, Dr. MaryDr. Mary Crowell
2007 McGuire, SeananSeanan McGuire
2006 Miller, JudiJudi Miller
2005 Bohnhoff, JeffJeff & Maya Bohnhoff
2004 Urban Tapestry
2003 Dandelion Wine
2002 Three Weird Sisters
2001 Kimberley, TalisTalis Kimberley
2000 Ookla the Mok
1999 Clement, Decadent DaveDecadent Dave Clement
1998 Macdonald, SteveSteve Macdonald
1997 Urban Tapestry
1996 Alexander, HeatherHeather Alexander
1995 Longcor, MichaelMichael Longcor (Moonwulf)
1994 The Black Book Band
1993 Smith, TomTom Smith
1992 Longcor, MichaelMichael Longcor (Moonwulf)
1991 Smith, TomTom Smith
1990 Clapp, MitchellMitchell Clapp
1989 Technical Difficulties
1988 Childs-Helton, BarryBarry & Sally Childs-Helton
1987 Ecklar, JuliaJulia Ecklar
1986 Fish, LeslieLeslie Fish As "Best Female Filker"
1986 Sutton, BillBill Sutton As "Best Male Filker"
1984 Ecklar, JuliaJulia Ecklar As "Best Female Filker"
1984 Maraschiello, BillBill Maraschiello As "Best Male Filker"

Best Writer/Composer[edit]

Year Writer/Composer
2015 Faber, CatCat Faber
2014 Griffin, TimTim Griffin
2013 Kimberley, TalisTalis Kimberley
2012 Coulson, JuanitaJuanita Coulson
2012 Crowell, Dr. MaryDr. Mary Crowell
2011 Tucker, S. J.S. J. Tucker
2010 Dale, HeatherHeather Dale
2009 Vixy & Tony
2008 McGuire, SeananSeanan McGuire
2007 Kimberley, TalisTalis Kimberley
2006 McQuillin, CynthiaCynthia McQuillin
2005 Smith, TomTom Smith
2004 Mar, KathyKathy Mar
2003 Faber, CatCat Faber
2002 Nyrond, ZanderZander Nyrond
2001 Kimberley, TalisTalis Kimberley
2000 Kanefsky, BobBob Kanefsky
1999 McQuillin, CynthiaCynthia McQuillin
1998 Faber, CatCat Faber
1997 Bellavia, RandRand Bellavia & Adam English
1996 Alexander, HeatherHeather Alexander
1995 Macdonald, SteveSteve Macdonald
1994 Smith, TomTom Smith
1993 Fish, LeslieLeslie Fish
1992 Robinson, JaneDr. Jane Robinson
1991 Smith, TomTom Smith
1990 Ecklar, JuliaJulia Ecklar
1989 Lackey, MercedesMercedes Lackey
1988 Lackey, MercedesMercedes Lackey
1987 Fish, LeslieLeslie Fish

Song awards[edit]

Best Filk Song[edit]

Year Song Creator(s)
2015 My Story Is Not Done McGuire, SeananSeanan McGuire
2014 Paper Worlds Kimberley, TalisTalis Kimberley
2014 Snow White, Red Road Cheshire Moon
2013 Joan Dale, HeatherHeather Dale & Ben Deschamps
2012 Cheshire Kitten Tucker, S. J.S. J. Tucker
2011 Wicked Girls McGuire, SeananSeanan McGuire
2010 A Thousand Ships Honisch, JuJu Honisch & Katy Dröge-Macdonald
2009 The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster Lunderville, BrookeBrooke Lunderville
2008 Uplift Eigel, AndrewAndrew Eigel
2007 Rich Fantasy Lives Balder, RobRob Balder & Tom Smith
2006 The Girl That's Never Been Dockrey, MichelleMichelle Dockrey
2005 Rocket Ride Smith, TomTom Smith
2004 The Lady Krangle, JodiJodi Krangle
2003 Shooting Star Longcor, MichaelMichael Longcor (Moonwulf)
2002 Velvet Kimberley, TalisTalis Kimberley
2001 Strangers No More Sutton, BrendaBrenda Sutton
2000 Sam's Song Nyrond, ZanderZander Nyrond & Soren Nyrond
1999 The Word of God Faber, CatCat Faber
1998 When I Was A Boy Hayes, FrankFrank Hayes
1997 Road to Roswell Linsley, KarenKaren Linsley & Lloyd Landa
1996 When Giants Walked Mar, KathyKathy Mar
1995 Journey's Done Macdonald, SteveSteve Macdonald
1994 Drink Up The River Mar, KathyKathy Mar
1994 PQR (You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet) Smith, TomTom Smith
1993 The Green Hills of Earth Heinlein, RobertRobert Heinlein & Mark Bernstein
1992 God Lives on Terra Ecklar, JuliaJulia Ecklar
1991 A Boy and His Frog Smith, TomTom Smith
1990 Lullabye For a Weary World Clapp, T. J. BurnsideT. J. Burnside Clapp
1989 Dawson's Christian Elms, DuaneDuane Elms
1989 Arafel's Song Mar, KathyKathy Mar (music) & Mercedes Lackey (lyrics)
1988 Wind From Rainbow's End Roper, BillBill Roper
1987 Harbors Passovoy, AnneAnne Passovoy
1986 Witnesses' Waltz Fish, LeslieLeslie Fish
1984 Hope Eyrie Fish, LeslieLeslie Fish

Best Classic Filk Song[edit]

Year Song Creator(s)
2015 Captain Jack & the Mermaid Davis, MegMeg Davis
2014 Grandfather Hanak, GaryGary Hanak
2013 Second-Hand Songs Turner, JonathanJonathan Turner
2012 Tiberius Rising Bellavia, RandRand Bellavia & Adam English
2011 The Phoenix Ecklar, JuliaJulia Ecklar
2010 Fire In The Sky Kare, JordinJordin Kare
2009 Still Catch the Tide Kimberley, TalisTalis Kimberley
2008 Archetype Cafe Kimberley, TalisTalis Kimberley
2007 Falling Down on New Jersey Clapp, Mitchell BurnsideMitchell Burnside Clapp
2006 I Want To Be Peter Lorre Smith, TomTom Smith
2005 Never Set the Cat On Fire Hayes, FrankFrank Hayes
2004 Ladyhawke! Ecklar, JuliaJulia Ecklar
2003 Banned From Argo Fish, LeslieLeslie Fish

Topical categories[edit]

Year Category Song Creator(s)
2015 Best Adapted Song Grabthar's Silver Hammer Macdonald, SteveSteve Macdonald
2015 Best Time-Related Song Precious Moments Allcock, PhilPhil Allcock
2014 Best Adapted Song Midichlorian Rhapsody Bohnhoff, JeffJeff Bohnhoff
2014 Best Song of Passage Outward Bound Faber, CatCat Faber
2013 Best Alien Song Little Fuzzy Animals Hayes, FrankFrank Hayes
2013 Best Fairytale Song Dryad's Promise Tinney, BetsyBetsy Tinney
2012 Best Gaming Song I Put My Low Stat Crowell, Dr. MaryDr. Mary Crowell
2012 Best Travel Song No Hurry Dockrey, MichelleMichelle Dockrey
2011 Best Badass Song Evil Laugh McGuire, SeananSeanan McGuire
2011 Best Romantic Song As I Am Dale, HeatherHeather Dale
2010 Best Mad Science Song What A Woman's For McGuire, SeananSeanan McGuire
2010 Best Magic Song Where The Magic Is Real Kwinn, PaulPaul Kwinn
2009 A Little Bit Country Stray Dog Man Sutton, BillBill Sutton
2009 A Little Bit Rock and Roll Six-String Love Vixy & Tony
2008 Best Comedy Song Close Your Eyes Glasser, DanielDaniel Glasser
2008 Best Tragedy Song Black Davie's Ride McQuillin, CynthiaCynthia McQuillin
2007 Best Dorsai Song Shai! Simmons, SteveSteve Simmons & Steve Macdonald
2007 Best Song of Home Emerald Green Dockrey, MichelleMichelle Dockrey & Tony Fabris
2006 Best Battle Song March of Cambreadth Alexander, HeatherHeather Alexander
2006 Best Torch Song X-Libris Kimberley, TalisTalis Kimberley
2005 Best Space Opera Song Signy Mallory Lackey, MercedesMercedes Lackey & Leslie Fish
2005 Best Sword & Sorcery Song Threes Lackey, MercedesMercedes Lackey & Leslie Fish
2004 Best Comic Book Song Arthur Curry Bellavia, RandRand Bellavia & Adam English
2004 Best Tribute A Simple Country Doctor Leger, MattMatt Leger
2003 Best Original Humorous Song My Husband the Filker Roper, BillBill Roper & Gretchen Roper
2003 Best Parody Knight's In White Satin Bohnhoff, Jeff & MayaJeff & Maya Bohnhoff
2002 Best Chilling/Spine-Tingling Song In A Gown Too Blue Sutton, BrendaBrenda Sutton
2002 Best Song That Tells A Story Horsetamers Daughter Fish, LeslieLeslie Fish
2001 Best Computer Song Tech Support Hitchin, JeffJeff Hitchin
2001 Best Creature Song Least of My Kind Faber, CatCat Faber
2000 Best End of the World Song Out Of A Clear Blue Sky Robinson, Dr. JaneDr. Jane Robinson
2000 Best Food/Drink Song 307 Ale Smith, TomTom Smith
2000 Best Food/Drink Song My Jalapeño Man Ohi, Debbie RidpathDebbie Ridpath Ohi
1999 Best Fool Song Operation Desert Storm Smith, TomTom Smith
1999 Best Hero Song A Toast for Unknown Heroes Fish, LeslieLeslie Fish
1998 Best Adaptation Mary O'Meara Anderson, PoulPoul Anderson & Anne Passovoy
1998 Best Myth Song Cold Butcher Macdonald, SteveSteve Macdonald
1997 Best Science Song World Inside the Crystal Savitzky, SteveSteve Savitzky
1997 Best Sorcery Song The Dark Is Rising Cooper, SusanSusan Cooper & Julia Ecklar
1996 Best Eerie Song Bloodchild Shoji, JoeyJoey Shoji
1996 Best EerieSong Monster In My Head Longcor, MichaelMichael Longcor (Moonwulf)
1996 Best Spiritual Song Circles Zack, GwenGwen Zack
1995 Best MilitarySong When Tenskwatawa Sings Longcor, MichaelMichael Longcor (Moonwulf)
1995 Best Sing-A-Long/Choral Song Acts of Creation Faber, CatCat Faber
1994 Best Children's Song Monsters in the Night Gallagher, DianaDiana Gallagher
1994 Best Risque Song Like A Lamb to the Slaughter Hayes, FrankFrank Hayes
1993 Best Humorous Song Rhinotillexomania Longcor, MichaelMichael Longcor (Moonwulf)
1993 Best Space Song Lightsailor Childs-Helton, BarryBarry Childs-Helton
1992 Best Genre Crossover Return of the King Smith, TomTom Smith
1992 Best Tribute Madame Curie's Hands Elms, DuaneDuane Elms
1991 Best Love Song Velveteen Mar, KathyKathy Mar
1991 Best War/Vengeance Song Temper of Revenge Ecklar, JuliaJulia Ecklar
1990 Best Fannish Song Weekend Only World Clapp, T. J. BurnsideT. J. Burnside Clapp
1990 Best Literature Song Daddy's Little Girl Ecklar, JuliaJulia Ecklar
1989 Best Fantasy Song Wind's Four Quarters Lackey, MercedesMercedes Lackey & Leslie Fish
1989 Best Techie Song Do It Yourself Sutton, BillBill Sutton
1988 Best Historical Song Song of the Shieldwall Doyle, DebraDebra Doyle (as Malkin Grey) & Melissa Williamson (as Peregryn Wyndryder)
1988 Best Media Song Superman's Sex Life Boogie Smith, TomTom Smith
1987 Best 'Ose Ian the Grim Flynt, ClifClif Flynt
1987 Best Schtick Unreality Warp/Kinda Mediocre, Actually Flynt, ClifClif Flynt & Bill Roper
1986 Best Original HumorousSong A Reconsideration of Anatomical Docking Maneuvers in a Zero-G Environment Gallagher, DianaDiana Gallagher
1986 Best Parody Daddy's Little Boy Porath, MurrayMurray Porath
1984 Best Original Humorous Filk Song Unreality Warp Flynt, ClifClif Flynt
1984 Best Parody Twelve Years at Worldcon Hayes, FrankFrank Hayes


  1. ^ Palmer, Danielle Komis. "Got filk?". Decatur Daily. Retrieved 2015-07-07. 
  2. ^ Pegasus Awards site
  3. ^ Kare, Jordin. "Filk Music?" Sing Out! 1995, reproduced at Interfilk website accessed July 12, 2010
  4. ^ Lucas, Barbara Lynn. "Music: Twentieth Century" in Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Volume 1, Overviews (Robin Anne Reid, ed.) Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing, 2009; p. 156

Further reading[edit]

  • "A Decade of OVFF", in The Pegasus Winners: Volume I. M.A.S.S. F.I.L.C. 1994.

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