Ditmars, Galactic Suburbia award and the Stella Prize

A few items of news from the last week or so, all in one handy post!


For anyone active in the Australian speculative fiction scene, the annual national SF award, the Ditmars, are now open for nominations. Why not nominate your favourite speculative fiction story or novel by an Australian author from 2012?

The Ditmars also include lots of ancillary categories for fan writing, artist etc. There are a lot of excellent reviewers out there in the Australian scene, such as Sean the Bookonaut or Alex Pierce, that are worth your attention.

Speaking of what to nominate, if like me you don’t remember what was released in 2012, or how long your favourite story was, you can go to the excellent Ditmar eligibility wiki here.

Get your nominating skates on! Nominations can be lodged here.


The speculative fiction podcast Galactic Suburbia has given out their annual award for “activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012”. And this year the award went to Elizabeth Lhuede for the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge.

Details can be found here, as well as links to the podcast where they announce the award.

I enjoyed my participation in the 2012 challenge, and found it an excellent catalyst for expanding my circle of reading. Congratulations to Elizabeth, a very well deserved award!


One of the most frequently reviewed books in the 2012 Australian Women Writers’ challenge, Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan, has been long listed for the inaugural Stella Prize, a new major literary award for Australian women’s writing. See the full long list here and more details about the prize here.

There have been many reviews of Sea Hearts, including one by yours truly here.

Congratulations Margo!

Author: mark

A writer of speculative fiction and all round good egg. Well, mostly good. OK, sometimes good.

5 thoughts on “Ditmars, Galactic Suburbia award and the Stella Prize”

    1. Thanks Lynda – yes, a few of my stories show up in the "Best Short Story" list, my collection of Antipodean SF published stories in "Best Collected Work", "Best Fan Writer" entry is mostly for reviews and articles on this and the Antipodean SF websites and a list of my reviews of Australian work under the "William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review".

      Of course, my only qualification to be on the list is being Australian and having published in 2012. However, it is still very exciting to see my work listed.

      I can see your novella Birthright and short story The Red Button also prominently displayed!


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