Ditmar Award Winners 2019

Ditmar Winners 2019 – photo by Kat Clay via Cat Sparks’ Flickr Stream

Winners of the 2019 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF were announced at Continuum 15 (Natcon 58, the Aussie Natcon), on Saturday June 8, during the awards ceremony.

Best Novel

WINNER: City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Tor)
Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter)
The Subjugate, Amanda Bridgeman (Angry Robot)
Faerie Apocalypse, Jason Franks (IFWG Australia)
The Beast’s Heart, Leife Shallcross (Hodder & Stoughton)
Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum)

Best Novella or Novelette

WINNER: Cabaret of Monsters, Tansy Rayner Roberts (self-published)
Triquetra, Kirstyn McDermott (Tor.com Publishing)
The Dragon’s Child, Janeen Webb (PS)

Best Short Story

WINNER: “The Heart of Owl Abbas”, Kathleen Jennings (Tor.com 4/11/18)
“The Art of Broken Things”, Joanne Anderton (Mother of Invention)
“A Man Totally Alone”, Robert Hood (The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories)
“Junkyard Kraken”, D.K. Mok (Mother of Invention)

Best Collected Work

WINNER: Mother of Invention, Rivqa Rafael & Tansy Rayner Roberts, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
Sword and Sonnet, Aidan Doyle, Rachael K. Jones & E. Catherine Tobler, eds. (Ate Bit Bear)
Mountains of the Mind, Gillian Pollack, ed. (Shooting Star)
A Hand of Knaves, Leife Shallcross & Chris Large, eds. (CSFG)
Tales from the Inner City, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin)

Best Artwork

WINNER: Cover for Mother of Invention, Likhain
Cover and internal illustrations for A Hand of Knaves, Shauna O’Meara

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

WINNER: Earl Grey Editing, Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Pratchat, Elizabeth Flux & Ben McKenzie
SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie
Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce & Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fan Writer

WINNER: Liz Barr
Bruce Gillespie

Best New Talent

WINNER: Sam Hawke
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Bren MacDibble (AKA Cally Black)
Leife Shallcross

Photo by Cat Sparks

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

WINNER: “The 21st Century Catastrophe: Hyper-capitalism and Severe Climate Change in Science Fiction”, Cat Sparks
Consciousness and Science Fiction, Damien Broderick (Springer)
Pscience Fiction, Damien Broderick (McFarland)
Gentlewomen of the Press, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Sheep Might Fly)


There were insufficient nominations for the Fan Artist category.