Ditmar Awards open for nominations

The 2011 Ditmar Awards which recognise achievement in Australian science fiction, fantasy & horror will be presented at SwanCon36 (which is doubling as the 50th National Science Fiction Convention) in Perth over the Easter holidays.

Nominations for the ballot are now open and a handy online form can be found here along with details on alternative nomination methods. There is also a dauntingly comprehensive wiki of eligible works for 2010 available if your memory needs some jogging.

Nominations close on 14 March 2011.

And here’s where I polish my shiny old trumpet again and let you all know which works of my very own are eligible for a Ditmar nomination. I’m actually quite surprised at the list — it seems 2010 was an unusually productive year for me. If you’ve read/listened to and enjoyed any of the following and think they might deserve a berth on the ballot form, please feel free to nominate:

Best Novel category:

  • Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott (Pan Macmillan Australia).

Best Novella or Novelette category:

  • “Monsters Among Us” by Kirstyn McDermott in Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears, edited by Angela Challis and Marty Young (Brimstone Press).

Best Short Story category:

  • “She Said” by Kirstyn McDermott in Scenes from the Second Storey, edited by Amanda Pillar and Pete Kempshall (Morrigan Books). [Note: this is my personal favourite of the short fiction I published last year and, I think, one of the best stories I’ve written.]
  • “We All Fall Down” by Kirstyn McDermott, Aurealis 44.

Best Fan Publication category:

  • The Writer and the Critic by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond.

The William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

  • Ian Mond and Kirstyn McDermott, for reviewing and critiquing speculative fiction novels, in The Writer and the Critic podcast.

[If you want to catch up on The Writer and the Critic, the podcasts are available for downloading and/or streaming here.]