2018 Ditmar Award Ballot released; voting now open.

The Ditmar subcommittee are pleased to announce that voting for the Australian SF ("Ditmar") Award for 2018 is now open. Voting has been extended until 11.59pm on March 25th, 2018.

The 2018 ballot is as follows:

BEST NOVEL

  • Corpselight, Angela Slatter, Hachette Australia. 
  • Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer, Tor. 
  • How to Bee, Bren MacDibble, Allen & Unwin. 
  • In the Dark Spaces, Cally Black, Hardie Grant Egmont.
  • Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks, Skyhorse Publishing. 


BEST NOVELLA/NOVELETTE 

  • "Island Green", Shauna O'Meara, in Ecopunk!, Ticonderoga Publications. 
  • "Girl Reporter", Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Girl Reporter, Book Smugglers Publishing.. 
  • "Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body", Simon Petrie, in Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, Peggy Bright Books. 
  • "Monkey Business", Janeen Webb, in Ecopunk!, Ticonderoga Publications. 
  • "My Sister's Ghost", Kate Forsyth and Kim Wilkins, in The Silver Well, Ticonderoga Publications. 


BEST SHORT STORY

  • "A Harem of Six Legs", Edwina Harvey, in An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, Peggy Bright Books. 
  • "Mr Mycelium", Claire McKenna, in Ecopunk!, Ticonderoga Publications. 
  • "A Pearl Beyond Price", Janeen Webb in Cthulhu Deep Down-Under Vol 1, IFWG Publishing Australia. 
  • "Prayers to Broken Stone", Cat Sparks, in Kaleidotrope, Spring 2017. 
  • "Trivalent by Rivqa Rafael, in Ecopunk!, Ticonderoga Publications. 


BEST COLLECTED WORK

  • An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things by Edwina Harvey, Peggy Bright Books. 
  • Ecopunk!, Cat Sparks and Liz Grzyb, Ticonderoga Publications. 
  • The Silver Well, Kate Forsyth and Kim Wilkins, Ticonderoga Publications. 
  • Singing My Sister Down and other stories by Margo Lanagan, Allen & Unwin. 


BEST ARTWORK

  • Cover art, Lewis Morley, for Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, Peggy Bright Books. 
  • The Grief Hole Illustrated: An Artist's Sketchbook Companion to Kaaron Warren's Supernatural Thriller, Keely Van Order, IFWG Publishing Australia. 


BEST FAN PUBLICATION IN ANY MEDIUM

  • Earl Grey Editing (blog), Elizabeth Fitzgerald. 
  • Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts. 
  • No Award (blog), Liz Barr and Stephanie Lai. 
  • SF Commentary, edited by Bruce Gillespie. 
  • The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond. 


BEST FAN WRITER

  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald, for writing at Earl Grey Editing.
  • Leigh Edmonds, for writing in iOTA.
  • Liz Barr, for writing at No Award. 
  •  Stephanie Lai, for writing at No Award. 


BEST FAN ARTIST

Shauna O'Meara, for "How to Bee" (based on the novel by Bren MacDibble). 


BEST NEW TALENT

  • Claire G. Coleman 
  • Stephanie Lai 


WILLIAM ATHELING JR. AWARD FOR CRITICISM OR REVIEW

  • Liz Barr, for Star Trek: Discovery reviews, in No Award. 
  • Russell Blackford, for *Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination: Visions, Minds, Ethics*, Springer. 
  • Ambelin Kwaymullina, for "Reflecting on Indigenous Worlds, Indigenous Futurisms and Artificial Intelligence", Twelfth Planet Press. 
  • Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal, for *Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler*, Twelfth Planet Press. 
  • Cat Sparks, for "Science fiction and climate fiction: contemporary literatures of purpose", in Ecopunk! Speculative tales of radical futures, Ticonderoga Publications.

Votes can be sent via email to:  ditmars@sf.org.au

Note that some categories include more than five nominees due to tied nomination numbers, while others include fewer than five nominees, either because insufficient eligible nominees received the required minimum number of nominations for the category, or because ties meant that more than seven nominees would have appeared on the ballot. 

If possible, please vote online at: http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2018

The online voting system provides a passworded facility to adjust your vote at any time before the close of voting. Alternatively, votes will be accepted via email to: ditmars@sf.org.au

Postal ballots will be distributed in the near future. 

Voting for the Ditmar Award is conducted in accordance with the rules specified at http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules, and is open to members of Swancon 43 (including supporting members) and to members of Continuum 13 who were eligible to vote in the 2017 Award. Voting in all award categories is by the optional preferential system, and each eligible individual may vote only once. All ballots (including emailed ballots) should include the name and address of the voter. 

If you have questions regarding the ballot or voting procedure, please email: ditmars@sf.org.au.