2021 Ditmar eligibility list

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This article lists works and people eligible for the Australian SF ("Ditmar") Awards for 2021 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.


  • Champagne Charlie and the Amazing Gladys, B.G. Hilton [NSW], Odyssey Books.
  • Her Perilous Mansion, Sean Williams [SA], Allen & Unwin.
  • Mammoth, Chris Flynn [VIC], University of Queensland Press.
  • Monstrous Heart, Claire McKenna [VIC], HarperCollins.
  • Repo Virtual, Corey J. White [VIC], Tor.
  • Shadow in the Empire of Light, Jane Routley [VIC], Solaris.
  • The Last Smile in Sunder City, Luke Arnold, Orbit.
  • The Lost Soul Atlas, Zana Fraillon [VIC], Hachette.
  • The Rain Heron, Robbie Arnott [TAS], Text Publishing.
  • The Threads of Magic, Alison Croggon [VIC], Walker 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.


  • "Hatecars", William Broom [VIC], in Aurealis 127.
  • "Head Below Water", Azlïn Auckburally, in Aurealis 128.
  • "Hodgepodge", Lili Wilkinson [VIC], in How to Make a Pet Monster 1: Hodgepodge, Allen & Unwin.

Best Short Story

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


  • "A Tale of Tyl Feánn: In which a child is conceived", steve duffy [NSW], in Antipodean SF 259.
  • "A Tale of Tyl Feánn: In which a High King is laid to rest", steve duffy [NSW], in Antipodean SF 259.
  • "A Tale of Tyl Feánn: In which a rescue is committed", steve duffy [NSW], in Antipodean SF 258.
  • "A Tale of Tyl Feánn: In which a step toward destiny is taken", steve duffy [NSW], in Antipodean SF 262.
  • "A Tale of Tyl Feánn: In which occurs a moment of revelation", steve duffy [NSW], in Antipodean SF 260.
  • "A Tale of Tyl Feánn: In which loyalty is tested", steve duffy [NSW], in Antipodean SF 257.
  • "Benjamin 2073", Rjurik Davidson [VIC], in Tor.com, May 13, 2020.
  • "Coming of Night", Sarah Jane Justice [SA], in Antipodean SF 263.
  • "Dear Friends", Ben F. Blitzer [WA], in Antipodean SF 261.
  • "Devil's in the Detail", Col Hellmuth [QLD], in Antipodean SF 260.
  • "Fallen Angel", Alistair LLoyd [VIC], in Antipodean SF 259.
  • "Father's House", Grace Chan [VIC], in Aurealis 129.
  • "Fortune Telling for Beginners", Col Hellmuth [QLD], in Antipodean SF 256.
  • "Fruitricide", Michael T. Schaper [ACT], in Antipodean SF 257.
  • "Getting to No. 1", Shaun A. Saunders [NSW], in Antipodean SF 263.
  • "Hole", B.G. Hilton [NSW], in Antipodean SF 257.
  • "Imagining Dragons تخيل التنين", Bart Meehan [ACT], in Antipodean SF 261.
  • "In the Beginning", Emma Riley [TAS], in Antipodean SF 261.
  • "Job Search", David Scholes, in Antipodean SF 262.
  • "Kindling for the Fire", J.D. Campbell [VIC], in Antipodean SF 256.
  • "Last Resort", Andisha Sabri Carey [N/A], in Antipodean SF 260.
  • "Seaweed Sister", Louise Lannink [N/A], in Antipodean SF 262.
  • "Mallcity 14: Child's Play", Shaun A. Saunders [NSW], in Antipodean SF 256.
  • "Mallcity Endgame: The Great Velocity", Shaun A. Saunders [NSW], in Antipodean SF 257.
  • "Onement of the Teleman", Conor Ross, in Antipodean SF 259.
  • "Origins Unknown", Jacob Edwards [QLD], in Antipodean SF 256.
  • "Otherwordly Matters", Ben F. Blitzer [WA], in Antipodean SF 263.
  • "Out of Africa", Ishmael A. Soledad [QLD], in Antipodean SF 256.
  • "Policy Change for a Wise Monarch", Nicholas Sheppard [NSW], in Aurealis 129.
  • "Pork Belly", Jack Heath [ACT], in Aurealis 129.
  • "Procreation Privilege", Steve Bellavia [VIC], in Antipodean SF 259.
  • "Qantas Flight 2134", David Scholes [ACT], in Antipodean SF 259.
  • "Recall", Ishmael A. Soledad [QLD], in Antipodean SF 259.
  • "Restorative Justice", Geraldine Borella [QLD], in Antipodean SF 260.
  • "RPXV", Geraldine Borella [QLD], in Antipodean SF 257.
  • "Second Man", Ishmael A. Soledad [QLD], in Antipodean SF 263.
  • "Selfie", Kat Clay [VIC], in Aurealis, 128.
  • "Sly Ghosts", Geraldine Briony Hunt [VIC], in Aurealis, 127.
  • "Speck", Simon B. Pointer [ACT], in Antipodean SF 261.
  • "Terra Nullis", Zoey Xolton, in Terra Nullis, Blood Song Books.
  • "The Big Question", Tim Borella [QLD], in Antipodean SF 262.
  • "The Burning", William Kerr [ACT], in Antipodean SF 260.
  • "The Comedian", Clayton Graham [VIC], in Antipodean SF 262.
  • "The Curious Case of Cabin 21", Susan Cornford [WA], in Antipodean SF 258.
  • "The Darkland Crier", Ben F. Blitzer [WA], in Antipodean SF 262.
  • "The End of their World", Maree Collie, in Antipodean SF 258.
  • "The Ghost Ship", Maree Collie, in Antipodean SF 261.
  • "The Oracle", Kevin J. Phyland, in Antipodean SF 262.
  • "The Tear in God's Eye", Derek Smith [ACT], in Antipodean SF 256.
  • "The Third Law of Havoc", David Kernot [SA], in Antipodean SF 261.
  • "The Truth Bomb", J.T. Velikovsky, in Antipodean SF 256.
  • "The Tyranny of the Majority", Nicholas Sheppard [NSW], in Antipodean SF 258.
  • "The Wager", Lynne Lumsden Green [QLD], in Antipodean SF 260.
  • "While the wind blew the train did mew", Conor Ross [VIC], in Antipodean SF 258.
  • "Wine and Cheese Tour of the Universe: Terms & Conditions", Brenda Anderson [SA], in Antipodean SF 258.
  • "Wrong Turn", Paul Sheringham [NSW], in Antipodean SF 258.

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.


  • After Australia, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Affirm Press.
  • Antipodean SF, Ion Newcombe [NSW].
  • Aurealis 127, Micheal Pryor [VIC], Chimaera Publications.
  • Beneath the Ferny Tree by David Schembri [VIC], Close-Up Books.
  • Dimension6, Keith Stevenson [NSW], coeur de lion publishing.
  • Songs for Dark Seasons by Lisa L. Hannett [SA], Ticonderoga Publications.
  • These Strange & Magic Things by Peter M. Ball [QLD], Brain Jar Press.

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, Peter Allert [QLD], in Aurealis 128.
  • illustration, Peter Allert [QLD], in Aurealis 129.
  • illustration, Matt Bissett-Johnson [VIC], in Aurealis 129.
  • illustration, Leah Clementson [VIC], in Aurealis 128.
  • illustration, Anya Ow [VIC], in Aurealis 130.
  • illustration, Ryan Kearins, in Aurealis 129.
  • illustration, Andrew Saltmarsh [VIC], in Aurealis 127.
  • illustration, Andrew Saltmarsh [VIC], in Aurealis 128.
  • illustration, James Spence, in Aurealis 127.
  • illustration, Lynette Watters [NSW], in Aurealis 128.

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 [state], for (body of work, including) Example work(s), in Containing Publication(s), Publisher(s) (Location(s)). (Example link to more information)

  • Leigh Edmonds [VIC], for writing in iOTA.
  • Bruce Gillespie [VIC], for writing in SF Commentary.

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 [state], 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 [ACT].
  • Ethel the Aardvark, LynC [VIC], Melbourne Science Fiction Club.
  • Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein [ACT], Alexandra Pierce [VIC], and Tansy Rayner Roberts [TAS].
  • iOTA, Leigh Edmonds [VIC].
  • Mos Eisley Monthly, Dags [VIC], and Peter 'MPS' Sims, Lights Camera Action Productions [VIC].
  • Pratchat, Elizabeth Flux [VIC] and Ben McKenzie [VIC], Splendid Chaps Productions.
  • Sci-Fi Zone, Peter 'MPS' Sims, Clare McDonald, H. Gibbens, and Dags [VIC], Lights Camera Action Productions [VIC].
  • SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie [VIC].
  • Talk Nerdy to Me, Dags [VIC], Peter 'MPS' Sims, and Geoff Tilley, Lights Camera Action Productions [VIC].
  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan [WA] and Gary K. Wolfe [N/A].
  • The Martian Drive-In Podcast, Terry Frost.
  • The Massive Attack Podcast, Mitch [VIC] and Joe [TAS].
  • Two Chairs Talking, David Grigg [VIC] and Perry Middlemiss [VIC].
  • Verity!, Deborah Stanish [N/A], Erika Ensign [N/A], Katrina Griffiths [N/A], L.M. Myles [N/A], Lynne M. Thomas [N/A], and Tansy Rayner Roberts [TAS].

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.


  • Claire Fitzpatrick [QLD], for "Marginalisation and the Future of Horror", in Aurealis 127.