The nomination process for the 2014 Ditmars is open until 30th March, and can be found at this online form.
Follow the following link to a wiki site that contains a pretty comprehensive list of works that are eligible for the Ditmars. Well worth a look if you’re stuck trying to remember what culture you consumed last year.
Some artists agonise over whether to publicise their own eligibility for awards, concerned that it may be considered crude and self serving by the community at large. I hold no such sensibilities, so here goes.
Best Short Story
I have two stories that are eligible under the short story category:
- Hindsight is a Bitch, published in Antipodean SF issue 185.
- The Regersek Zone, published in Antipodean SF issue 184.
You can still read both stories online in the Antipodean SF archive site – just follow the links.
Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
Last year I was lucky enough to be involved with Galactic Chat, a podcast which interviews people involved in the Australian speculative fiction scene. It was (and continues to be) a great experience. Sean Wright is the anchor that holds the podcast together, and I’d love to see him (and all my podcast colleagues) get acknowledged for the work that they do.
- Galactic Chat Podcast, Sean Wright, Alex Pierce, Helen Stubbs, David McDonald, Mark Webb and Sarah Parker
Best Fan Writer
Well, theoretically you could nominate me for this award as well. But I’ve been looking through the eligibility list and frankly there are a lot more talented, and prolific, fan writers out there. But for completeness:
- Mark Webb, for body of work, including reviews in “Musings of a Wannabe Speculative Fiction Writer“
William Atheling Jr Award for Review or Criticism
I was quite happy with my reviews as a part of the 2013 Australian Women Writers’ Reading Challenge. So, if you wanted to nominate me for anything here:
- Mark Webb, for 2013 Australian Women Writers Reading Challenge review series, in “Musings of a Wannabe Speculative Fiction Writer”
That’s about it for my contributions to the field in 2013, meagre as they were. Stand by for more posts about excellent stuff I’ve seen and enjoyed elsewhere in the Australian scene. And get voting!