I woke up to a Ditmar Award nomination

April 26, 2012
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I woke up this morning to discover that the 2012 Ditmar Award shortlist has been announced. Imagine my surprise when I saw my own name listed under the Best New Talent category. I knew I was eligible and had mentioned that fact here before, but it was still a very pleasant surprise to see myself nominated. It seems strange, given how long I’ve been working at this caper, that I would be listed as a New Talent. Of course, compared to some of the veteran penmomkeys in Australia, I still am very much a noob. But with two novels and close to 40 short stories published over something like seven years, “New” does seem like a strange term.

However, as the rules of the Ditmar Awards explain, Best New Talent is a fairly broad statement. If anything, the name of the award is misleading. From the Ditmar Award wiki:

The Best New Talent award recognises excellence of achievement in any field of the genre by an individual who has not been nominated for a recognised award three or more years before the year the award is held. Recognised awards include but are not limited to: Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards, WA SF Achievement Awards (Tin Ducks), Aurealis, Hugo and Nebula Awards. An individual is only eligible for two consecutive years.

So Best New Talent is really an award for Best Thus Far Unrewarded Talent. Or something. Either way, I’m very happy to see my name on the list and it would be great to score a win. I’m up against Joanne Anderton and Steve Cameron in that respect, so best of luck to those guys too!

And remember, this is a popular vote, not a judged award, so it’s down to people active in the scene to help get the results they want. If you’re eligible to vote, you really should. It takes hardly any time at all and the only way give these kind of awards any sort of credibility is to make sure the voting pool is as big and varied as possible, to ensure a result that’s more in keeping with the broader view of the community and fandom, rather than the narrow view of only a handful of active voters.

Congratulations and best of luck to all the nominees!

The full shortlists and all the official voting stuff is below:

The official ballot paper, including postal address information, may be downloaded as a PDF format file from: http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2012/2012_Ditmar_ballot.pdf

Votes will be accepted via email to: ditmars@sf.org.au

However, if possible, please vote online at: http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2012

Postal ballots will be distributed in the near future.

Voting for the Ditmar Award is conducted in accordance with the rules specified at http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules, and is open to members of Continuum 8 (including supporting members) and to members of Swancon 36 who were eligible to vote in the 2011 Award. Voting in all award categories is by the optional preferential system, and each eligible individual may vote only once. All ballots (including emailed ballots) should include the name and address of the voter. If you have questions regarding the ballot or voting procedure, please email ditmars@sf.org.au.

And here’s the full shortlist for all categories:

Best Novel
* The Shattered City (Creature Court 2), Tansy Rayner Roberts (HarperCollins)
* Burn Bright, Marianne de Pierres (Random House Australia)
* Mistification, Kaaron Warren (Angry Robot Books)
* The Courier’s New Bicycle, Kim Westwood (HarperCollins)
* Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1), Jo Anderton (Angry Robot Books)

Best Novella or Novelette
* “The Sleeping and the Dead”, Cat Sparks, in Ishtar (Gilgamesh Press)
* “Above”, Stephanie Campisi, in Above/Below (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt”, Paul Haines, in The Last Days of Kali Yuga (Brimstone Press)
* “And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living”, Deborah Biancotti, in Ishtar (Gilgamesh Press)
* “Julia Agrippina’s Secret Family Bestiary”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “Below”, Ben Peek, in Above/Below (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Short Story
* “Breaking the Ice”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Cosmos 37
* “Alchemy”, Lucy Sussex, in Thief of Lives (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “The Last Gig of Jimmy Rucker”, Martin Livings and Talie Helene, in More Scary Kisses (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “All You Can Do Is Breathe”, Kaaron Warren, in Blood and Other Cravings (Tor)
* “Bad Power”, Deborah Biancotti, in Bad Power (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “The Patrician”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Collected Work
* The Last Days of Kali Yuga by Paul Haines, edited by Angela Challis (Brimstone Press)
* Nightsiders by Sue Isle, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Bad Power by Deborah Biancotti, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Ishtar, edited by Amanda Pillar and K. V. Taylor (Gilgamesh Press)

Best Artwork
* “Finishing School”, Kathleen Jennings, in Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (Candlewick Press)
* Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for The Freedom Maze (Small Beer Press)

Best Fan Writer
* Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work including reviews in Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus! and Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth
* Alexandra Pierce, for body of work including reviews in Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus!, Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth, and Randomly Yours, Alex
* Robin Pen, for “The Ballad of the Unrequited Ditmar”
* Sean Wright, for body of work including “Authors and Social Media” series in Adventures of a Bookonaut
* Bruce Gillespie, for body of work including “The Golden Age of Fanzines is Now”, and SF Commentary 81 & 82

Best Fan Artist
* Rebecca Ing, for work in Scape
* Lisa Rye, for “Steampunk Portal” series
* Dick Jenssen, for body of work including work in IRS, Steam Engine Time, SF Commentary and Scratchpad
* Kathleen Jennings, for work in Errantry (tanaudel.wordpress.com) including “The Dalek Game”
* Rhianna Williams, for work in Nullas Anxietas Convention Programme Book

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
* SF Commentary, edited by Bruce Gillespie
* The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
* The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
* Galactic Chat, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Sean Wright
* Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Alex Pierce

Best New Talent
* Steve Cameron
* Alan Baxter
* Joanne Anderton

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
* Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, for “2010: The Year in Review”, in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2010 (Ticonderoga Publications)
* Damien Broderick and Van Ikin, for editing Warriors of the Tao: The Best of Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature (Borgo Press)
* David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely for “Reviewing New Who” series, in A Conversational Life
* Alexandra Pierce and Tehani Wessely, for reviews of Vorkosigan Saga, in Randomly Yours, Alex
* Russell Blackford, for “Currently reading: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke”, in Metamagician and the Hellfire Club

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14 Responses to I woke up to a Ditmar Award nomination

  1. Dave on April 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Hell yes!

  2. alan on April 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks, boss. :)

  3. Damian Smith on April 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Congrats on the nomination. Now the next thing is to win!!!

  4. alan on April 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Thanks. I can count on your vote, then? :)

  5. J. M. Strother on April 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Cool.

  6. Damian Smith on April 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    of course!

  7. Chris Bauer on April 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Congrats on the nomination and good luck. I’d vote if I could.

    Just finished reading “Burning, Always Burning” in the D&D contributor copy I got over the weekend. You and Felicity Dowker cooked up a hellacious ending. It’s been a long time since I finished a short story by exclaiming “Holy WTF?!”

    Nicely done.

  8. alan on April 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Chris – thanks so much, that’s exactly what we like to hear!

  9. Linda Simoni-Wastila on May 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

    WOOT! A huge congrats! Peace…

  10. alan on May 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Thanks!

  11. ganymeder on May 5, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I’m not an Aussie, so I don’t think I’m eligable to vote. But congratulations!

  12. alan on May 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Thank you!

  13. Chris Andrews on May 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Congrats! Fantastic news.

  14. alan on May 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks Chris!

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