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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 for filk music[1][2][3] and is annually hosted at the Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF).


The Pegasus Awards were founded to recognize and honor excellence in filking. As science fiction (sci-fi) became better known and widespread within society in the 20th century as a distinct literary genre,[4] many fans expressed themselves through works of music and art, including filking. The Pegasus Awards formally recognise filking or fan music as a fine lens that the sci-fi community shares with particular fiction-based cultural ideas.[5]

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.[6]

Ohio Valley Filk Fest[edit]

Ohio Valley Filk Fest
GenreFilk music
Location(s)Worthington, Ohio
CountryUnited States

The Ohio Valley Filk Fest, (OVFF) is one of the largest filk music conventions.[7] It is held annually in October in the Columbus, Ohio area, and the culmination of the event is the presentation of the Pegasus Award.[8]

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 Columbus. Recent conventions had been held in Dublin, Ohio, but as of 2010 the convention has moved to Worthington.

Lists of award winners[edit]

  *   Ties and joint winners

Best Performer[edit]

Year Performer Notes
2020 Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover [9] Duo
2019 Playing Rapunzel [9] Duo
2018 Random Fractions [9] Band
2018 Twotonic [9] Duo
2017 Judi Miller [10]
2016 Play It With Moxie[11] Band
2015 Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff [12]
2014 Cheshire Moon[13] Band
2013 Alexander James Adams
2012 Betsy Tinney
2012 Wild Mercy Band
2011 Amy McNally
2010 S. J. Tucker
2009 Heather Dale & Ben Deschamps
2008 Vixy & Tony Band
2007 Dr. Mary Crowell
2007 Seanan McGuire
2006 Judi Miller
2005 Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff
2004 Urban Tapestry Band
2003 Dandelion Wine Band
2002 Three Weird Sisters Band
2001 Talis Kimberley
2000 Ookla the Mok Band
1999 Decadent Dave Clement
1998 Steve Macdonald
1997 Urban Tapestry Band
1996 Heather Alexander
1995 Michael Longcor (Moonwulf)
1994 The Black Book Band Band
1993 Tom Smith
1992 Michael Longcor (Moonwulf)
1991 Tom Smith
1990 Mitchell Clapp
1989 Technical Difficulties Band
1988 Barry & Sally Childs-Helton
1987 Julia Ecklar
1986 Leslie Fish As "Best Female Filker"
1986 Bill Sutton As "Best Male Filker"
1984 Julia Ecklar As "Best Female Filker"
1984 Bill Maraschiello As "Best Male Filker"

Best Writer/Composer[edit]

Year Writer/Composer
2020 Andrew Ross [9]
2019 Eva Van Daele-Hunt [9]
2018 Leslie Hudson [9]
2017 Ju Honisch [10]
2017 Jordin Kare [10]
2016 Barry Childs-Helton [11]
2015 Cat Faber [12]
2014 Tim Griffin [13]
2013 Talis Kimberley
2012 Juanita Coulson
2012 Dr. Mary Crowell
2011 S. J. Tucker
2010 Heather Dale
2009 Vixy & Tony
2008 Seanan McGuire
2007 Talis Kimberley
2006 Cynthia McQuillin
2005 Tom Smith
2004 Kathy Mar
2003 Cat Faber
2002 Zander Nyrond
2001 Talis Kimberley
2000 Bob Kanefsky
1999 Cynthia McQuillin
1998 Cat Faber
1997 Rand Bellavia & Adam English
1996 Heather Alexander
1995 Steve Macdonald
1994 Tom Smith
1993 Leslie Fish
1992 Dr. Jane Robinson
1991 Tom Smith
1990 Julia Ecklar
1989 Mercedes Lackey
1988 Mercedes Lackey
1987 Leslie Fish

Song awards[edit]

Best Filk Song[edit]

Year Song Creator(s)
2020 Child of the Library [9] Piers & Gill Cawley
2020 Mordred's Lullaby [9] Heather Dale
2019 Lucy on the Line [9] Tim Griffin
2018 Pageant Legend [9] Katy Dröge-Macdonald & Ju Honisch
2017 We Are Who We Are [10] Michelle Dockrey & Tony Fabris
2016 Creatures of Dream [11] Batya Wittenberg
2015 My Story Is Not Done [12] Seanan McGuire
2014 Paper Worlds Talis Kimberley [13]
2014 Snow White, Red Road [13] Cheshire Moon
2013 Joan Heather Dale & Ben Deschamps
2012 Cheshire Kitten S. J. Tucker
2011 Wicked Girls Seanan McGuire
2010 A Thousand Ships Ju Honisch & Katy Dröge-Macdonald
2009 The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster Brooke Lunderville
2008 Uplift Andrew Eigel
2007 Rich Fantasy Lives Rob Balder & Tom Smith
2006 The Girl That's Never Been Michelle Dockrey
2005 Rocket Ride Tom Smith
2004 The Lady Jodi Krangle
2003 Shooting Star Michael Longcor (Moonwulf)
2002 Velvet Talis Kimberley
2001 Strangers No More Brenda Sutton
2000 Sam's Song Zander Nyrond & Soren Nyrond
1999 The Word of God Cat Faber
1998 When I Was A Boy Frank Hayes
1997 Road to Roswell Karen Linsley & Lloyd Landa
1996 When Giants Walked Kathy Mar
1995 Journey's Done Steve Macdonald
1994 Drink Up The River Kathy Mar
1994 PQR (You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet) Tom Smith
1993 The Green Hills of Earth Robert Heinlein & Mark Bernstein
1992 God Lives on Terra Julia Ecklar
1991 A Boy and His Frog Tom Smith
1990 Lullabye For a Weary World T. J. Burnside Clapp
1989 Dawson's Christian Duane Elms
1989 Arafel's Song Kathy Mar (music) & Mercedes Lackey (lyrics)
1988 Wind From Rainbow's End Bill Roper
1987 Harbors Anne Passovoy
1986 Witnesses' Waltz Leslie Fish
1984 Hope Eyrie Leslie Fish

Best Classic Filk Song[edit]

Year Song Creator(s)
2020 Somebody Will [9] Ada Palmer
2019 Ship of Stone [9] Don Simpson
2018 Creature of the Wood [9] Heather Alexander & Philip Obermarck
2017 Alligator in the House [10] Betsy Tinney, Cade Tinney & S. J. Tucker
2016 Take It Back [11] Kathleen Sloan
2015 Captain Jack & the Mermaid [12] Meg Davis
2014 Grandfather [13] Gary Hanak
2013 Second-Hand Songs Jonathan Turner
2012 Tiberius Rising Rand Bellavia & Adam English
2011 The Phoenix Julia Ecklar
2010 Fire In The Sky Jordin Kare
2009 Still Catch the Tide Talis Kimberley
2008 Archetype Cafe Talis Kimberley
2007 Falling Down on New Jersey Mitchell Burnside Clapp
2006 I Want To Be Peter Lorre Tom Smith
2005 Never Set the Cat On Fire Frank Hayes
2004 Ladyhawke! Julia Ecklar
2003 Banned From Argo Leslie Fish

Topical categories[edit]

Year Category Song Creator(s)
2020 Best Media Song Goodnight, Sarah Jane [9] Talis Kimberley
2020 Best Space Song Following in Valentina's Footsteps [9] Valerie Housden
2019 Best Family Song Golden Rule [9] Sabine Kinder
2019 Best Sing-Along Song Gone Filkin' [9] Tom Jeffers
2018 Best Song About Community Many Hearts, One Voice [9] Steve Macdonald
2018 Best Roadtrip Song Oregon Trail [9] Tim Griffin
2018 Best Roadtrip Song Road to Santiago [9] Heather Dale
2017 Best Horror Song Dear Gina [10] Seanan McGuire
2017 Best Perky Song Chocolate Is A Vegetable [10] Graham Leathers
2016 Best Adapted Song [11] Six Transit Genitalia Centauri Bob Kanefsky
2016 Best Exploration Song [11] Starsoul Roger Burton West & Jodi Krangle
2015 Best Adapted Song Grabthar's Silver Hammer [12] Steve Macdonald
2015 Best Time-Related Song [12] Precious Moments Phil Allcock
2014 Best Adapted Song [13] Midichlorian Rhapsody Jeff Bohnhoff
2014 Best Song of Passage [13] Outward Bound Cat Faber
2013 Best Alien Song Little Fuzzy Animals Frank Hayes
2013 Best Fairytale Song Dryad's Promise Betsy Tinney
2012 Best Gaming Song I Put My Low Stat Dr. Mary Crowell
2012 Best Travel Song No Hurry Michelle Dockrey
2011 Best Badass Song Evil Laugh Seanan McGuire
2011 Best Romantic Song As I Am Heather Dale
2010 Best Mad Science Song What A Woman's For Seanan McGuire
2010 Best Magic Song Where The Magic Is Real Paul Kwinn
2009 A Little Bit Country Stray Dog Man Bill Sutton
2009 A Little Bit Rock and Roll Six-String Love Vixy & Tony
2008 Best Comedy Song Close Your Eyes Daniel Glasser
2008 Best Tragedy Song Black Davie's Ride Cynthia McQuillin
2007 Best Dorsai Song Shai! Steve Simmons & Steve Macdonald
2007 Best Song of Home Emerald Green Michelle Dockrey & Tony Fabris
2006 Best Battle Song March of Cambreadth Heather Alexander
2006 Best Torch Song X-Libris Talis Kimberley
2005 Best Space Opera Song Signy Mallory Mercedes Lackey & Leslie Fish
2005 Best Sword & Sorcery Song Threes Mercedes Lackey & Leslie Fish
2004 Best Comic Book Song Arthur Curry Rand Bellavia & Adam English
2004 Best Tribute A Simple Country Doctor Matt Leger
2003 Best Original Humorous Song My Husband the Filker Bill Roper & Gretchen Roper
2003 Best Parody Knight's In White Satin Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff
2002 Best Chilling/Spine-Tingling Song In A Gown Too Blue Brenda Sutton
2002 Best Song That Tells A Story Horsetamers Daughter Leslie Fish
2001 Best Computer Song Tech Support Jeff Hitchin
2001 Best Creature Song Least of My Kind Cat Faber
2000 Best End of the World Song Out Of A Clear Blue Sky Dr. Jane Robinson
2000 Best Food/Drink Song 307 Ale Tom Smith
2000 Best Food/Drink Song My Jalapeño Man Debbie Ridpath Ohi
1999 Best Fool Song Operation Desert Storm Tom Smith
1999 Best Hero Song A Toast for Unknown Heroes Leslie Fish
1998 Best Adaptation Mary O'Meara Poul Anderson & Anne Passovoy
1998 Best Myth Song Cold Butcher Steve Macdonald
1997 Best Science Song World Inside the Crystal Steve Savitzky
1997 Best Sorcery Song The Dark Is Rising Susan Cooper & Julia Ecklar
1996 Best Eerie Song Bloodchild Joey Shoji
1996 Best EerieSong Monster In My Head Michael Longcor (Moonwulf)
1996 Best Spiritual Song Circles Gwen Zack
1995 Best MilitarySong When Tenskwatawa Sings Michael Longcor (Moonwulf)
1995 Best Sing-A-Long/Choral Song Acts of Creation Cat Faber
1994 Best Children's Song Monsters in the Night Diana Gallagher
1994 Best Risque Song Like A Lamb to the Slaughter Frank Hayes
1993 Best Humorous Song Rhinotillexomania Michael Longcor (Moonwulf)
1993 Best Space Song Lightsailor Barry Childs-Helton
1992 Best Genre Crossover Return of the King Tom Smith
1992 Best Tribute Madame Curie's Hands Duane Elms
1991 Best Love Song Velveteen Kathy Mar
1991 Best War/Vengeance Song Temper of Revenge Julia Ecklar
1990 Best Fannish Song Weekend Only World T. J. Burnside Clapp
1990 Best Literature Song Daddy's Little Girl Julia Ecklar
1989 Best Fantasy Song Wind's Four Quarters Mercedes Lackey & Leslie Fish
1989 Best Techie Song Do It Yourself Bill Sutton
1988 Best Historical Song Song of the Shieldwall Debra Doyle (as Malkin Grey) & Melissa Williamson (as Peregryn Wyndryder)
1988 Best Media Song Superman's Sex Life Boogie Tom Smith
1987 Best 'Ose Ian the Grim Clif Flynt
1987 Best Schtick Unreality Warp/Kinda Mediocre, Actually Clif Flynt & Bill Roper
1986 Best Original HumorousSong A Reconsideration of Anatomical Docking Maneuvers in a Zero-G Environment Diana Gallagher
1986 Best Parody Daddy's Little Boy Murray Porath
1984 Best Original Humorous Filk Song Unreality Warp Clif Flynt
1984 Best Parody Twelve Years at Worldcon Frank Hayes


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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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