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This article lists works and people eligible for the Australian SF ("Ditmar") Awards for 2018 in each of the eligible categories. (The list is neither exhaustive nor necessarily accurate. Errors may be corrected and omissions added at any time.)

Introduction

The Ditmar Award is awarded subject to official rules, relevant sections of which are listed in each category below. Note also the following:

3.1 Timeliness: Works are eligible if they were first published or released anywhere in the world in an edition dated in the calendar year immediately preceding the year the award is held, or dated after the opening of nominations for the year immediately preceding the year the award is held if that is earlier than the start of that year (but after the close of that year).

3.2 Australianness: Nominees are eligible if they were Australian citizens or residents in the year their nominated work was released.

3.3 Eligibility of committee members: The awards will be administered by a sub-committee of the Standing Committee of the Business Meeting of the National Australian Science Fiction Convention, and the members of the sub-committee will not be eligible for an award and may neither nominate nor vote in the awards. The Standing Committee shall rule on issues of conflict of interest.


Best Novel

3.4 Novel: A Novel is any work of sf/f/h of more than 40,000 words.


  • A Tyranny of Queens (Manifold Worlds 2), Foz Meadows, Angry Robot.
  • Bitten, Amanda Pillar, Pronoun.
  • Contagion, Teri Terry, The Watts Publishing Group.
  • Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer, Tor Books.
  • Dichronauts, Greg Egan, Night Shade Books.
  • Frogkisser!, Garth Nix, Scholastic Press.
  • Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks, Skyhorse Publishing.
  • Retribution, Jennifer Fallon, HarperCollins.
  • The Impossible Story of Olive in Love, Tonya Alexandra, Harlequin Teen.
  • The Shattered Trinity (Ayun's Trilogy 1), Mike Pearson, Xlibris.
  • Who's Afraid Too?, Maria Lewis, Little Brown Book Group.

Best Novella or Novelette

3.5 Novella or Novelette: A Novella or Novelette is any work of sf/f/h of 7,500 to 40,000 words.


  • "Humanity for Beginners", Faith Mudge, in Humanity for Beginners, Less Than Three Press.
  • "Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body", Simon Petrie, in Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, Peggy Bright Books.
  • "November 31st is World Peace Day", Simon Petrie, in Dimension6 issue 11, coeur de lion publishing.
  • "The Book Club", Alan Baxter, in The Book Club, PS Publishing.

Best Short Story

3.6 Short Story: A Short Story is any work of sf/f/h less than 7,500 words.


  • "101 Uses For Dark Energy", Pascal Inard, in AntipodeanSF 227.
  • "A Chip In Time", Garry Dean, in AntipodeanSF 225.
  • "A Harem of Six Legs", Edwina Harvey, in An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, Peggy Bright Books.
  • "A Kernel Of Wisdom", Michael T. Schaper, in AntipodeanSF 224.
  • "Air and Wayer", Pamela Jeffs, in AntipodeanSF 222.
  • "Dogs", Rob Riel, in AntipodeanSF 226.
  • "Election Day", Lee S. Hawke, in AntipodeanSF 225.
  • "Genesis", Ilgin Yildiz, in AntipodeanSF 223.
  • "It's About Time, Sport", Brent Lillie, Ben Lillie, and Dean Lillie, in AntipodeanSF 223.
  • "Lament To A Barman", Susan Cornford, in AntipodeanSF 225.
  • "Life", Natalie J.E. Potts, in AntipodeanSF 223.
  • "Memories of Fish", Shauna O'Meara, in Interzone 270.
  • "Minties", Rob Riel, in AntipodeanSF 224.
  • "Naration Blues", Mark Webb, in AntipodeanSF 226.
  • "New Ideology", Ilgin Yildiz, in AntipodeanSF 224.
  • "One Shot", Griffyn Goodall, in AntipodeanSF 224.
  • "One Universe At A Time", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 224.
  • "Recycling Unit", Shane Griffin, in AntipodeanSF 226.
  • "Repository of Un-knowledge #256", Ed Errington, in AntipodeanSF 226.
  • "Showman", Benjamin Hayes, in AntipodeanSF 223.
  • "Still Water", Mark Tremble, in AntipodeanSF 226.
  • "Symbiotic", C.A. Clark, in AntipodeanSF 225.
  • "The Banksia Boys", Matthew J. Morrison, in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 66.
  • "The Black Dog Cometh", Benjamin Hayes, in AntipodeanSF 227.
  • "The City", Mark Tremble, in AntipodeanSF 223.
  • "The Fate Of Mutineers", in AntipodeanSF 226.
  • "The Human Question", Ivan Bucalo, in AntipodeanSF 227.
  • "The Mask", Sue Clennell, in AntipodeanSF 223.
  • "The Miller's Daughter", E.H. Mann, in Continuum 13 (conbook)
  • "The Missing Years", Lyn Battersby, in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 66.
  • "The Most Powerful Man On Earth Is An Alien", David Scholes, in AntipodeanSF 225.
  • "The Patent Office", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 223.
  • "The Playground", Maria Arena, in AntipodeanSF 225.
  • "The Replicants", Fergal Bannon, in Continuum 13 (conbook)
  • "The Rhyme of Grievance", T.R. Napper, in Interzone 268.
  • "The Shakedown or The Third Eye of Mr Fwuffy", Tony Owens, in AntipodeanSF 223.
  • "The Spectre in the Wardrobe", Tony Owens, in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 66.
  • "The Theory of Everything", Nicholas Sheppard, in AntipodeanSF 226.
  • "Triumvirate Judgement", David Scholes, in AntipodeanSF 227.
  • "Trojan Crocodile", D.W. Walker, in AntipodeanSF 225.
  • "Trust Is A Hand Full Of Sand", Laurie Bell, in AntipodeanSF 223.
  • "Unknown Woman #42", Jay Caselberg, in Lyonesse, July 2017.
  • "White", Edwina Harvey, in An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, Peggy Bright Books.

Best Collected Work

3.7 Collected Work: A collected work is a sf/f/h collection or anthology, magazine or journal, ezine or webzine which must pay contributors in other than contributor copies and incidentals, or the editor/s of which declare the work to be professional. At least one edition of a collected work must have been issued in the eligible calendar year.


  • An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, Edwina Harvey, Peggy Bright Books.
  • Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 66, Wayne Harris, Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Incorporated.
  • AntipodeanSF, Ion Newcombe.
  • Aurealis #100
  • The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror, 2015, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, Ticonderoga Publications.

Best Artwork

3.8 Artwork: An artwork is a single work or series of related works of art in any medium other than text.


  • cover illustration, Lewis P Morley, for Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, Peggy Bright Books
  • No Place Like Space, Ashley Ronning, Helio Press.
  • illustration, Aimee Smith, for Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 66.
  • The Grief Hole Illustrated: An Artist's Sketchbook Companion to Kaaron Warren's Supernatural Thriller, Keely Van Order, IFWG Publishing Australia

Best Fan Writer

3.9 Fan Writer and Fan Artist: These awards are made to writers or artists for a work or body of work first published, released, or made available for public viewing in the eligible calendar year. The writer or artist must have received no payment other than contributor copies and other incidentals (coffee mug, t-shirt, poster, etc.)

  • An Example Australian Writer, for (body of work, including) Example work(s), in Containing Publication(s), Publisher(s) (Location(s)). (Example link to more information)

  • Natalie Bochenski, for writing at Raven On, particularly for "Raven on Recap: Game of Thrones". [1]
  • Stephanie Lai, for writing at No Award. [2]

Best Fan Artist

3.9 Fan Writer and Fan Artist: These awards are made to writers or artists for a work or body of work first published, released, or made available for public viewing in the eligible calendar year. The writer or artist must have received no payment other than contributor copies and other incidentals (coffee mug, t-shirt, poster, etc.)

  • An Example Australian Artist, for (body of work, including) Example work(s), in Containing Publication(s), Publisher(s) (Location(s)). (Example link to more information)

Best Fan Publication in any Medium

3.10 Fan Publication in any Medium: This award is for a work or group of related works in any medium first published, released, or made available for public viewing in the eligible calendar year. The writer or artist must have received no payment. Eligible works include, but are not limited to, a periodical, journal, fanzine, ezine or webzine.


  • Dark Matter Zine, edited by Nalini Haynes.
  • Ethel the Aardvark, Melbourne Science Fiction Club.
  • Galactic Chat, Alexandra Pierce, David McDonald, Sarah Parker, Helen Stubbs, Mark Webb, and Sean Wright.
  • No Award (blog), Liz Barr and Stephanie Lai.
  • iOTA, edited by Leigh Edmonds.
  • SF Commentary, edited by Bruce Gillespie.
  • Sonic Screwdriver, Doctor Who Club of Victoria.
  • The Angriest, Grant Watson.
  • The Coode St Podcast, Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan.
  • The Martian Drive-In Podcast, Terry Frost.
  • The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond.
  • Verity!, Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts.
  • Viewing Clutter, George Ivanoff.

Best New Talent

3.11 New Talent: This award recognises excellence of achievement in any field of the genre by an individual who has never been nominated for a national or international award, or has only been nominated for a national or international award in one or both of the two calendar years prior to the year for which they are a Best New Talent nominee. National or international awards include but are not limited to: Australian SF ("Ditmar"), Aurealis, Hugo and Nebula Awards. Once nominated, an individual may only be nominated once more, in the year following the first nomination.


William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review

3.12 William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review: William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review is for the writing or editing of a work or a group of related works of criticism or review pertaining to the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or horror.


  • Sue Bursztynski, for reviews, in The Great Raven.
  • Tehani Croft, for "GUEST REVIEW: Wonder Woman (2017)", in FictionMachine. [3].
  • Tsana Dolichva, for reviews, in Tsana's Reads and Reviews.
  • Claire Fitzpatrick, for "When Too Much Pleasure Is Never Enough: An Exploration Of Hedonism" in Aurealis.
  • George Ivanoff, for reviews, in Viewing Clutter.
  • Ian Mond, for reviews, in The Hysterical Hamster.
  • Alexandra Pierce, for reviews, in Randomly Yours, Alex.
  • Cat Sparks, for "The 13 Most Terrifying Apocalypses in Literature", in Electric Lit. [4].
  • Grant Watson, for reviews, in FictionMachine.
  • Grant Watson, for reviews, in The Angriest.
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