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This article lists works and people eligible for the Australian SF ("Ditmar") Awards for 2019 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 Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer, Ventura Press.
  • Angels & Vixens, Kim Petersen, Whispering Ink Press.
  • Echoes of Understorey (Titan's Forest 2), Thoraiya Dyer, Tom Doherty Associates.
  • Edge of Time (Lifespan of Starlight 3), Thalia Kalipsakis, Hardie Grant Egmont.
  • Ironheart, Jodi McAlister, Penguin Teen Australia.
  • LIFEL1K3, Jay Kristoff, Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Obsidio (The Illuminae Files 3), Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Allen & Unwin.
  • The Beast's Heart, Leife Shallcross, Hodder & Stoughton.
  • We Ride the Storm (The Reborn Empire 1), Devin Madson, Cloudburst Books.

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.


  • "Hashtag WhiteWitch", Shauna O'Meara, in Dimension6 13, Coeur de Lion.
  • "Let Sleeping Princes Lie", Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Let Sleeping Princes Lie (Castle Charming 3), Sheep Might Fly.
  • "The Reclaimers", Mark Webb, in Dimension6 13, Coeur de Lion. ([1])

Best Short Story

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


  • "A Hand Full Of Sand Can Save Your Life", Laurie Bell, in AntipodeanSF 238.
  • "A Man Full of Shadows", Eugen M. Bacon, in AntipodeanSF 238.
  • "A Robot Like Me", Lee Cope, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "A Second Chance", Sue Clennell, in AntipodeanSF 234.
  • "A Short Tail", Michael T. Schaper, in AntipodeanSF 238.
  • "A Stillness in the Water", Clint Lowe, in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 70.
  • "Arguing With People On The Internet", E. H. Mann, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "Belted About", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 237.
  • "Bright Shores", Rosaleen Love, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "Broadcast", Kathryn Flaherty, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "Castle, Bridegroom, Bear", M. James Richards, in AntipodeanSF 236.
  • "Critters", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 239.
  • "Digital Gods", Pascal Inard, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "Disposable World", David Scholes, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "E-mageddon", C. A. Clark, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "Emallgration", Brianna Bullen, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "Erebor", Simon Petrie, in Wide Brown Land: stories of Titan, Peggy Bright Books.
  • "Fata Morgana", Cat Sparks, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "Forager", Christine Gladstone, in AntipodeanSF 234.
  • "FUEL", Sean Mulroy, in AntipodeanSF 238.
  • "Goldilock", Simon Petrie, in Wide Brown Land: stories of Titan, Peggy Bright Books.
  • "Hell is a Witch", Pamela Jeffs, in AntipodeanSF 237.
  • "Help Us", Wendy Campbell, in AntipodeanSF 238.
  • "Ice, Forever", Col Cort, in AntipodeanSF 234.
  • "Junkyard Kraken", D. K. Mok, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "Kindle Light", Jessica Nelson-Tyers, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "Knitting Day", Jen White, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "Meeting With A Misanthrope", Bart Meehan, in AntipodeanSF 238.
  • "Mickey Spillane Lies Bleeding", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "My Window", Mark Tremble, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "New Berth", Elizabeth Fitzgerald, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "Non-Event Horizon", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 236.
  • "Non-Zero", Lynette Frey, in AntipodeanSF 238.
  • "Phlashback", Simon Petrie, in Wide Brown Land: stories of Titan, Peggy Bright Books.
  • "Placenta", Simon Petrie, in Wide Brown Land: stories of Titan, Peggy Bright Books.
  • "Programmed", Tee Linden, in AntipodeanSF 237.
  • "Roof o Green", Ishmael A Soledad, in AntipodeanSF 237.
  • "Satisfaction", Nicholas Sheppard, in AntipodeanSF 236.
  • "Selena Ops", Tony Steven Williams, in AntipodeanSF 234.
  • "Senseless", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 238.
  • "Snatchers", Eugen M. Bacon, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "Stupid Robot", Col Hellmuth, in AntipodeanSF 239.
  • "The Art of Broken Things", Joanne Anderton, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "The Boy Who Knew Infinity", David Whitaker, in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 71.
  • "The Bucket List", Jackie Hosking, in AntipodeanSF 234.
  • "The Circus Act", Ferne Merrylees, in AntipodeanSF 239.
  • "The Ferrymen", Lucy Mackey, in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 70.
  • "The Goose Hair of One Thousand Miles", Stephanie Lai, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "The Half Life Of Humans", Kevn J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 234.
  • "The Larval Stage", Kris Ashton, in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 70.
  • "The Master", Kim Rose, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "The Mintfresh Disaster", Kim Rose, in AntipodeanSF 237.
  • "The Queue", Ishmael Soledad, in AntipodeanSF 235.
  • "The Revivalist", Kaaron Warren, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "The Sea-Maker of Darmid Bay", Shauna O'Meara, in Interzone 277.
  • "They Come", Ana Shopova, in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 70.
  • "Tidefall", Meryl Stenhouse, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • "To the Stars", Matthew R. Ward, in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 70.
  • "T'Snik", Max Young, in AntipodeanSF 234.
  • "Under the Influence", Ruth Gilbert, in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 71.
  • "Upstairs", David Scholes, in AntipodeanSF 236.
  • "Wanderlust", D. Eugen Bacon & Don E. Harpe, in AntipodeanSF 234.

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.


  • Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 70, Eugen M. Bacon, Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Incorporated.
  • AntipodeanSF, Ion Newcombe.
  • Dimension6, Keith Stevenson, coeur de lion publishing.
  • Mother of Invention, Rivqa Rafael and Tansy Rayner Roberts, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • Mountains of the Mind by Gillian Polack, Shooting Star.
  • The Worlds of SF, F & H 3, Robert N. Stephenson, Altair Australia.
  • Wide Brown Land: stories of Titan by Simon Petrie, edited by Edwina Harvey, Peggy Bright Books.

Best Artwork

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


  • internal illulstrations, Rovina Cai, for Beneath the Sugar Sky, Tom Doherty Associates.
  • cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for Mountains of the Mind, Shooting Star.
  • cover and internal illustrations, Shauna O'Meara, for Wide Brown Land: stories of Titan.
  • cover and internal illustrations, Shauna O'Meara, for A Hand of Knaves, CSFG Publishing.
  • cover illustration, Shauna O'Meara, for Kaleidotrope, Summer edition.
  • internal illustrations, Shauna O'Meara, for Murder in the Mail, Odyssey Books.
  • cover illustration, Shauna O'Meara, for Murder on the Zenith Express: the Gordon Mamon collection, Simon Petrie.
  • Cicada, Shaun Tan, Hachette 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)

  • Leigh Edmonds, for writing in iOTA.

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.
  • Earl Grey Editing, edited by Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
  • Ethel the Aardvark, Melbourne Science Fiction Club.
  • Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts.
  • iOTA, Leigh Edmonds.
  • The Angriest, Grant Watson.
  • The Coode St Podcast, Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan.
  • The Martian Drive-In Podcast, Terry Frost.
  • The Wild Goose, Roman Orszanski.
  • 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.


  • Shauna O'Meara, for review of Eternal, in Australian Comics Journal, March 1, 2018.