2023 Ditmar eligibility list

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This article lists works and people eligible for the Australian SF ("Ditmar") Awards for 2023 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.


  • Mage of Fools, Eugen Bacon [VIC], Meerkat Press.
  • Only a Monster, Vanessa Len [VIC], Allen & Unwin.
  • The Rarkyn's Familiar, Nikky Lee [N/A], The Parliament House.

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.


"StellarCosm", Dov Spinks [SA], Self-Published.

Best Short Story

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


  • "408 Kilometres Up", Deborah Sheldon [VIC], in Antipodean SF 287.
  • "A Babbler from Door-to-Door", Leon D. Furze [VIC], in Antipodean SF 285.
  • "A.I.—Ay, Aye!", Col Hellmuth [QLD], in Antipodean SF 285.
  • "Arrival Date", Stephanie Koorey [ACT], in Antipodean SF 281.
  • "Atmospheric", Michael Leach [VIC], in Antipodean SF 280.
  • "Atoms to Atoms", Michael Leach [VIC], in Antipodean SF 283.
  • "Aye, Robot", Tim Borella [QLD], in Antipodean SF 286.
  • "Bonfire", Lynne Lumsden Green [QLD], in Antipodean SF 285.
  • "Celts All", B.A. Keon Cohen [VIC], in Antipodean SF 287.
  • "Diplo", Tony Steven Williams [ACT], in Antipodean SF 280.
  • "Dystoria", Chris Karageorge [VIC], in Antipodean SF 284.
  • "Far From the Tree", Tim Borella [QLD], in Antipodean SF 281.
  • "Feet in Socks", Merri Andrew [ACT], in Antipodean SF 283.
  • "Freddy", Robin Hillard [VIC], in Antipodean SF 284.
  • "Friday Afternoon, Third Trimester", Emma Louise Gill [WA], in Antipodean SF 281.
  • "Groupie", Col Hellmuth [QLD], in Antipodean SF 280.
  • "Hero's Journey Helpline", Bethany Tatman [VIC], in Antipodean SF 284.
  • "Holystoning", Eli Snow [VIC], in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 86.
  • "Hot Banana Peel!", Jane Brown [QLD], in Antipodean SF 282.
  • "In the Perpetual Dining Halls of Valhalla", Michael T. Schaper [ACT], in Antipodean SF 285.
  • "Inflicted', Ben F. Blitzer [WA], in Antipodean SF 281.
  • "Lazarus", Ishmael A. Soledad [QLD], in Antipodean SF 283.
  • "Lady Killer", Diana Grove [WA], in Antipodean SF 285.
  • "Like", Ed Errington [QLD], in Antipodean SF 287.
  • "Luggage Test", Kevin J. Phyland [VIC], in Antipodean SF 284.
  • "Meat", Chris Karageorge [VIC], in Antipodean SF 280.
  • "Message in a Bottle", Maree Collie, in Antipodean SF 283.
  • "Namesake", Ed Errington [QLD], in Antipodean SF 282.
  • "On the Life Expectancy of Salt", Laila Miller [WA], in Antipodean SF 282.
  • "One-Way Ticket", Rebecca Fletcher [VIC], in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 86.
  • "Release", Juliette A.H. Cavendish, in Antipodean SF 282.
  • "Scifaiku", P.S. Cottier [ACT], in Antipodean SF 280.
  • "Scifaiku", P.S. Cottier [ACT], in Antipodean SF 281.
  • "Scifaiku", P.S. Cottier [ACT], in Antipodean SF 282.
  • "Scifaiku", P.S. Cottier [ACT], in Antipodean SF 283.
  • "Scifaiku", P.S. Cottier [ACT], in Antipodean SF 284.
  • "Scifaiku", P.S. Cottier [ACT], in Antipodean SF 285.
  • "Scifaiku", P.S. Cottier [ACT], in Antipodean SF 286.
  • "Scifaiku", P.S. Cottier [ACT], in Antipodean SF 287.
  • "Seasons on an Alien World", Peter Sahui [NSW], in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 86.
  • "Sleight of Hand", Ishmael A. Soledad [QLD], in Antipodean SF 280.
  • "Summer Solstice", Kevin J. Phylan [VIC], in Antipodean SF 285.
  • "Tastes Like Home", Kiera Lesley [VIC], in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 86.
  • "The Chartist", Michael T. Schaper [ACT], in Antipodean SF 286.
  • "The Dollhouse", Kevin J. Phyland [VIC], in Antipodean SF 287.
  • "The Doveawong: A Short Story of Intrigue", Dr Stephanie Koorey [ACT], in Antipodean SF 282.
  • "The Implausible Rise of Z-97R", Ed Errington [QLD], in Antipodean SF 285.
  • "The Masterpiece", Callum MacLachlan [VIC], in Antipodean SF 283.
  • "The Monk...He's Poor", Tony Owens [QLD], in Antipodean SF 287.
  • "The More Things Change...", Susan Cornford [WA], in The Short Humour Site, January 7 2022.
  • "The Order of Things", Chris Karageorge [VIC], in Antipodean SF 281.
  • "The Potato Peeler of Fate", Kary Wu [VIC], in Antipodean SF 283.
  • "The Thread Frays", Laurie Bell [VIC], in Antipodean SF 284.
  • "The Veil", Olivia Hamilton [NSW], in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 86.
  • "The Watchkeeper", William Kerr [ACT], in Antipodean SF 284.
  • "Utility", Glenn A. Kershaw [NSW], in Antipodean SF 283.
  • "ZIPPO", Ed Errington [QLD], in Antipodean SF 286.

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.


  • Here Be Leviathans by Chris Flynn [VIC], UQP.
  • Masters of Science Fiction: Jack Dann by Jack Dann [VIC], Centipede 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.


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)

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, Nalini Haynes [ACT].
  • Ethel the Aardvark, LynC [VIC], Melbourne Science Fiction Club.
  • Perryscope, Perry Middlemiss [VIC].
  • SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie [VIC].
  • The Alien Review, Perry Middlemiss [VIC].
  • The Megaloscope, David Grigg [VIC].
  • Through the Biblioscope, David Grigg [VIC].

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.