This online workshop explores fundamentals of writing speculative fiction across ‘genres’ of fantasy, science fiction, horror and the paranormal and cross-genre writing. Online: Writing Speculative Fiction with Eugen Bacon, includes writing exercises and the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback. Find out more via the Writing NSW website.
The winners of the Ditmar Awards 2020 were announced during an online ceremony on Saturday September 19. Congratulations to all of the winners!
- “The Year of the Fruit Cake”, Gillian Polack, IFWG Publishing Australia.
Best Short Fiction
- “Whom My Soul Loves”, Rivqa Rafael, in Strange Horizons, 11 November 2019.
Best Collected Work
- “Collision”, J.S. Breukelaar, Meerkat Press
Best Fan Writer
- Elizabeth Fitzgerald, for reviews in “Skiffy and Fanty”.
Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
- “Be The Serpent” podcast, Alexandra Rowland, Jennifer Mace and Freya Marske.
- “SF Commentary”, Bruce Gillespie.
Best New Talent
- Freya Marske
William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
- Grant Watson, reviews on “FictionMachine”.
We want your stories of 4000 words or under, in any speculative fiction genre, on the theme, “Apocalypse”. The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 16. Entry is $5, unless you are a member of the CSFG or Conflux 16 or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free!
The winning stories will be published online as part of our October 2020 activities.
First prize is $200 and a 2021 Conflux 16 membership! Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux 16 membership, and third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux 16 membership.
Stories should be written in English, suitable for a general audience (ie, no gratuitous violence or erotica), and, of course, your own original, unpublished work.
Please submit them in the following format: RTF, double spaced, courier font, with the story title in the top right header.
Make the first page of your document a cover sheet that includes your name, contact details and story title (we’ll remove this before we give it to the judges). YOUR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON ANY OF THE OTHER PAGES OF THE STORY.
Get it to us through email@example.com before midnight on Friday 16 October 2020.
Fees can be paid by direct deposit:
Please put reference: 2020Short.
Convention members for Continuum 19, Swancon 20/21 and Swancon 2019 are welcome to vote.
2020 Ditmar Award Ballot released; voting now open
The Ditmar subcommittee are pleased to announce that voting for the Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Award for 2020 is now open, and will remain open until one minute before midnight Perth time on Sunday, 6th of September, 2020 (ie. 11.59pm, GMT+8).
For the first time ever, the awards were presented in a virtual ceremony as part of CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).
Arkady Martine’s debut novel, A Memory Called Empire, which explores the links between language, culture and interplanetary politics, has won the Hugo Award for the Best Novel.
This Is How You Lose the Time War, a time travelling spy love story, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone won in the Best Novella category, and Emergency Skin, set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, by N.K. Jemisin for the Best Novelette.
S.L. Huang’s As the Last I May Know won the Hugo for the Best Short Story and the Expanse, by James S. A. Corey won the Best Series category.
Jeannette Ng’s 2019 John W. Campbell Award Acceptance Speech, which led to the award’s name being changed, received a Hugo for Best Related Work.
The Astounding Award for Best New Writer was awarded to R.F. Kuang.
LaGuardia, written by Nnedi Okorafor and illustrated by Tana Ford and James Devlin won the Hugo Award for best Best Graphic Story or Comic.
Good Omens, written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Douglas Mackinnon; and The Good Place, written by Daniel Schofield and directed by Valeria Migliassi; picked up a Hugo each for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form and Short Form respectively.
The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious accolades in the science fiction and fantasy genre. They have been presented at Worldcons since 1953. The physical award is in the shape of a rocket ship mounted on a base designed specifically for that year’s awards.
This year’s bases were designed by New Zealand artist John Flower and feature a paua shell koru swirl and the Matariki star cluster.
All winners are listed below:
The 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been presented at CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).
The Awards recognise excellence and achievement by New Zealanders, both amateur and professional, in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. They are usually presented at New Zealand’s National Science Fiction Convention which this year, is hosted as part of CoNZealand.
Voting was open to members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) and members of CoNZealand.
A closed, in-person ceremony was held in Wellington on July 26, and streamed as part of CoNZealand’s programme.
SFFANZ president John Toon said, “It’s always a pleasure and an honour to showcase some of the best contemporary New Zealand science fiction and fantasy, and especially so this year, with the eyes of international fandom on us. On behalf of SFFANZ, hearty congratulations to all this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Award winners and nominees.”
SFFANZ congratulate all the winners and nominees and look forward to honouring more of New Zealand’s talent in 2021. A full list of winners is below.
For further information, please contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
2020 Sir Julius Vogel Award winners below:
Brackett, Bradbury, Lovecraft honoured with 1945 Retro Hugos
“Shadow Over Mars” (The Nemesis from Terra) by Leigh Brackett has been honoured with a Retrospective Hugo Award for Best Novel during a virtual ceremony at CoNZealand today.
“I, Rocket”, by Ray Bradbury was chosen as the Best Short Story, and The Cthulhu Mythos, by H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, and others dominated the Best Series category.
For the first time, the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category resulted in a tie. The award is shared by the The Canterville Ghost, screenplay by Edwin Harvey Blum from a story by Oscar Wilde, directed by Jules Dassin (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)) and The Curse of the Cat People, written by DeWitt Bodeen, directed by Gunther V. Fritsch and Robert Wise (RKO Radio Pictures).
The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious accolades for science fiction and fantasy literature, media and fan activities and have been presented at World Science Fiction Conventions (Worldcons).
Worldcon was established in 1939, but Hugo awards weren’t presented until 1953. In 1996, Worldcon committees were given the option of presenting Retrospective Hugo Awards to honour works published in the earlier years of the Worldcon when no Hugos were awarded.
The 1945 Retro Hugos recognise works created or published in 1944.
The base for the 1945 Retro Hugo Award has been designed by New Zealand artist James Brown.
A full list of winners is below.
The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild and Conflux have jointly announced the opening of their 2020 short story competition, still to go ahead without this year’s annual convention.
Get writing now! Stories should be 4000 words or less, in any speculative fiction genre, on the theme “Apocalypse”.
The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 16.
Entry is $5, unless you are a member of CSFG or Conflux 16 — or you area aged 16 or under, in which case it’s free.
The winning stories will be published online as a part of the Conflux October 2020 activities.
First prize is $200 and 2021 Conflux 16 membership.
Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux 16 membership.
Third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux 16 membership.
Stories should be written in English, be suitable for a general audience (ie no gratuitous violence or erotica), and, of course, be your own original and unpublished work.
Please submit your stories in the following format: RTF, courier font, double-spaced, with the story title in the top-right header.
Make the first page of your submission a cover sheet that includes your name, contact details and story title. This page will be removed before the stories are forwarded to the judges. Your name must not appear on any of the other pages of your story.
Get it through to Conflux via this address: <email@example.com> before midnight August 31 2020.
Entry fees may be paid by direct deposit (Account Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, BSB: 805-022, Acct: 03421621 or via Paypal to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Conflux, Canberra’s annual speculative fiction convention has announced that “Visions of Time” is now to be held in 2021, on Saturday October 2 2021 till Monday October 4 2021 at the Rex Hotel Canberra.
Special guests are, John Birmingham, Helen Marshall, and Artist in Residence Shauna O’Meara.
More information can be found at <www.conflux.org.au>.
The Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) has announced the 2019 winners for what is “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year”.
WINNER: Shepherd, Catherine Jinks (Text)
The Flower and the Serpent, Madeleine D’Este (self-published)
Fusion, Kate Richards (Hamish Hamilton Australia)
Best Short Fiction
WINNER: “Steadfast Shadowsong”, Matthew R. Davis (Dig Two Graves)
“Vivienne & Agnes”, Chris Mason (Beside the Seaside: Tales from the Daytripper)
“The Ocean Hushed the Stones”, Alan Baxter (Served Cold)
“Ava Rune”, J.S. Breukelaar (Collision: Stories)