The Australian spec-fic fan-voted Ditmar Awards are now open for nominations. Any active fan or member of Continuum can vote. Continuum is the Melbourne SF convention, which is this year’s NatCon, and will be happening in June. The Ditmars are always awarded during the annual NatCon. You can vote electronically here: http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2012/nominations.html and electronic voting is open until April 15th.
All the rules and details are here: http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules
There’s also a massive, though probably not comprehensive, list of eligible works here: http://wiki.sf.org.au/2012_Ditmar_eligibility_list. This list is a good place to start reminding yourself of what you read and enjoyed last year.
Just to make it easy for you, I’ll list below my own work that’s eligible. If you’ve enjoyed any of these, I’d greatly appreciate your vote.
Eligible in the Best Short Story category:
“Declan’s Plan”, Alan Baxter, in Wily Writer’s Podcast, April 3, 2011. (You can listen to the podcast or read the text of this one here.)
“Dream Shadow”, Alan Baxter, in Winds of Change, CSFG Publishing.
“Duty and Sacrifice”, Alan Baxter, in Hope, Kayelle Press.
“Mirrorwalk”, Alan Baxter, in Murky Depths 16.
“Punishment of the Sun”, Alan Baxter, in Dead Red Heart, Ticonderoga Publications.
“Trawling The Void”, Alan Baxter, in Midnight Echo 6, Australian Horror Writers Association.
“Unexpected Launch”, Alan Baxter, in Anywhere but Earth, Coeur de Lion Publishing.
And, on the Ditmar Wiki, my name has also been put forward in the Best New Talent category, so there’s that too!
Please do get active and vote. Not necessarily for my work, but for whatever work you really enjoyed in 2011. The more people that get involved and vote, the more realistic and honest the resulting awards. When it comes to fan-voted (as opposed to judging panel) awards, it’s important to get as many votes in as possible. And voting really couldn’t be easier. So if you’ve read something you enjoyed, take a few minutes and vote for it. Make your voice heard and give that good work the recognition it deserves.
I’m off to place my votes now.