2015 Ditmar eligibility list

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This article lists works and people eligible for the Australian SF ("Ditmar") Awards for 2015 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.


  • Chasing the Valley 2: Borderlands, Skye Melki-Wegner, Random House Australia.
  • The Crystal Heart, Sophie Masson, Random House Australia.
  • Desolation Game (Wolf Creek 2), Greg McLean and Brett McBean, Penguin Books Australia.
  • eSide: A joureny through cyberspace, Goldie Alexander, Five Senses Publications.
  • Manifestations, David M. Henley, HarperCollins.
  • The Miranda Contract, Ben Langdon, Kalamity Press.
  • Missing, Presumed Undead, Jeremy Davies, Satalyte Publishing.
  • Nil by Mouth, LynC, Satalyte Publishing.
  • Penelope's Ghost, Goldie Alexander, Borough's Publishing Group.
  • Plague Island (Lost World Circus 5), Justin D'Ath, Puffin Books.
  • Salt of the Earth, Trudi Canavan, BBC Books.
  • Silver's Threads Book 4: Silken Web, Penny Reilly, Xlibris.
  • The Dagger of Dresnia (The Talismans 1), Satima Flavell, Satalyte Publishing.
  • Thief's Magic (Millenium's Rule 1), Trudi Canavan, Hachette Australia.
  • Unwrapped Sky, Rjurik Davidson, Tor.

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.


  • "Flood Samaritan Law", Jennie A. Rix, in Aurealis 67.

Best Short Story

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


  • "A Moveable Buffet", Gitte Christensen, in Bards and Sages Quarterly, April 2014.
  • "Animator", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 191.
  • "Asset Audit", David Scholes, in AntipodeanSF 192.
  • "At Dawn's Speed", Dirk Strasser, in Dimension6 2, Coeur de Lion Publishing.
  • "Beer Gut", Michael Schaper, in AntipodeanSF 191.
  • "The Bridge", Pete Aldrin, in VFW: Veterans of the Future Wars, Martinus Publishing.
  • "Capsules", Tonia Marlowe, in AntipodeanSF 187.
  • "Clean Hands, Dirty Hands", Emma Osborne in Aurealis 71.
  • "Darkness In The Mountain Of Light", Gerry Huntman, in What Lies Beneath, Horrified Press.
  • "Endless Steel", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 189.
  • "Enryk's Trouble", Gerry Huntman, in Frost Fire Worlds 3.
  • "Every Advantage", David Bernard, in AntipodeanSF 192.
  • "Feedback", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 192.
  • "He Ain't Dead", Robert N. Stephenson, in Dimension6 2, Coeur de Lion Publishing.
  • "Husks", Gerry Huntman, in Swords and Sorcery Magazine 25.
  • "Invaders From Somewhere Quite Far Away", Tony Owens, in AntipodeanSF 192.
  • "Keep Alive Time", Cecilia Clark, in AntipodeanSF 189.
  • "Lobos - Part 2 (Still Looking For The Future That Was)", Shaun A. Saunders, in AntipodeanSF 191.
  • "Night Monsters", Tia Reed, in Antipodean SF 188.
  • "Party At The End Of The World", David Kernot, in AntipodeanSF 188.
  • "Perceptions 2: The Gift", Christine Gladstone, in AntipodeanSF 192.
  • "Peroxide and the Doppelganger", Rebecca Fraser, in The Quarry Journal 4.
  • "Pretty Birds", D. Robert Grixti, in [unititled] 6, Busybird Publishing.
  • "Rogue Wave", D.W. Walker, in AntipodeanSF 187.
  • "Ryder", Richard Harland, in Dimension6 1, Coeur de Lion Publishing.
  • "Shy", Zena Shapter, in AntipodeanSF 192.
  • "Signal Assassin", Shane Griffin, in AntipodeanSF 187.
  • "Soldier of the Rorne", David Scholes, in AntipodeanSF 192.
  • "Sunshine", Shaun A. Saunders, in AntipodeanSF 192.
  • "The Dry Above", Jeremy Szal, in AntipodeanSF 192.
  • "The Fiendish Plot Of Mr Foo", Tony Owens, in AntipodeanSF 188.
  • "The Granary", Kevin J. Phyland, in AntipodeanSF 187.
  • "The Listener", David Shanahan, in AntipodeanSF 187.
  • "The Lucky Diamond", David Kernot, in AntipodeanSF 189.
  • "The Message", Charlotte Nash, in Dimension6 1, Coeur de Lion Publishing.
  • "The Preservation Society", Jason Nahrung, in Dimension6 1, Coeur de Lion Publishing.
  • "The Zombie from Abercrombie", Caroline Sambridge, in AntipodeanSF 192.
  • "To Live Again", Ray O'Brien, in AntipodeanSF 189.
  • "Transit of Hadley", Tsana Dolichva, in Aurealis 67.
  • "Under Attack", David Scholes, in AntipodeanSF 191.
  • "Upon a Distant Shore", Alan Baxter, in Dimension6 2, Coeur de Lion Publishing.

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.


  • Last Year, When We Were Young, Andrew J. McKiernan, Satalyte Publishing.

Best Artwork

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


  • Illustration, John Banitsiotis, for Aurealis 67.
  • Illustrations, James Hart, for You Choose... books by George Ivanoff, Random House Australia.
  • "Lucky-235 All-Terrain Explorer" (comic strip), Carol Kewley, in Perihelion Online Science Fiction Magazine, July 2014.
  • Cover art, Andrew McKiernan, for Into The Storm's Domain (Across The Stonewind Sky 1), Satalyte Publishing.
  • Cover art, Les Petersen, for Aurealis 67.
  • Illustration, Vamore, for Aurealis 67.
  • Interstellar Park Ranger Bond, Jaime Bond by Nalini Haynes, for Dark Matter Zine.

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)

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.


  • The Angriest, Grant Watson.
  • The Captain's Log, Austrek.
  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe.
  • Dark Matter Zine (website), Nalini Haynes.
  • Ethel the Aardvark, Melbourne Science Fiction Club.
  • Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts.
  • Interstellar Ramjet Scoop, Bill Wright.
  • SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie.
  • 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: DVD and Blu-ray Reviews Blog, 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 recognised award, or has only been nominated for a recognised award in one or both of the two calendar years prior to the year for which they are a Best New Talent nominee. Recognised 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.