It’s time for the 2018 Dorrys, a reader-selected celebration of achievement in performing, visual, and literary arts.
Nominations are now being accepted in 58 categories. Between 4 and 10 finalists will be announced in each category on Thursday, October 18. Categories may be eliminated, added, or retitled to accommodate the quality of submissions. (A category could be eliminated, for instance, if only two entries are nominated.)
How to nominate: Click here. Since the awards are by, for, and about Law and Order Party readers, nominations are only open to current email subscribers. You’re invited to submit nominations in as many (or as few) categories as you wish.
Nominations accepted – October 3 – October 15 (11:59pm)
Finalists Announced / Voting Begins – October 18 – November 2 (11:59pm)
Winners will be announced online November 9. There will be no live ceremony this year, but there will be a reception for winners announced at a later date.
Wondering how the Dorrys got their name? Or how Law and Order Party got its name?
When the list was launched in 2015, it had no name for the first six months or so, and emails were all functionally titled “What’s happening this week.” Founder/editor Matthew Lawrence wanted the site to have a name that had something to do with Rhode Island but wasn’t called like The Clamcake or something cheesy like that. Having run an organization called Not About The Buildings for nine years, he wanted the list to have a name that people might actually remember, so finally he chose the name of a fairly obscure 19th century Rhode Island political party that shared its name as a very popular and long-running TV series. This was also around the same time that the “.party” suffix became available for web URLs. Thomas Wilson Dorr was the enemy of the Law and Order Party, and naming the awards after Dorr was a simple way to acknowledge that the site wasn’t particularly interested in the political views of the Law and Order Party. It also sounded pretty good. The Y at the end is just because a lot of awards end with the letter Y.