Weighing awards

With the Vic’s new Chronos Awards, there’s been some discussion about the role of the various Aussie SF awards. For anyone doubting the Australian Shadows Awards’ validity, please bear in mind that the Australian Horror Writers Association has more members on its books than the number of people who attend the SF Natcon each year. […]

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Australian Shadows kicks on!

The AHWA’s Australian Shadows Award is open for 2009 with two big changes:1. There are now 3 categories instead of 1 – Short Fiction, Long Fiction, and Edited Publication.2. I’m the new Awards Director! Aussie (and NZ) horror writers, editors, and publishers, you can get the skinny here.

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Australian Shadows clarification

As raised by Martin Livings, I wanted to clarify that the stories and publications written/edited and published in 2008 by the Australian Shadows judges (me, Chuck McKenzie*, and Brett McBean*) and awards director Kirstyn McDermott* were ruled ineligble for awards consideration. This included Kirstyn’s Aurealis Award-winning story “Painlessness”, Midnight Echo #1 (co-edited by Kirstyn), Black: […]

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Australian Shadows

By now, word should be cropping up in all sorts of places around the internet, and perhaps even a few media outlets, that the finalists for this year’s Australian Shadows Award have been announced. The AHWA website and HorrorScope have the shortlist of finalists. Congratulations, one and all! This is the second and final year […]

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HorrorScope stuff

HorrorScope has been going great guns in 2008! We may not be the darlings of the awards set (the tremendously overworked Rob Hood the deserving exception in that regard), but it’s tremendously satisfying to be doing the hard yards and putting the runs on the board (to mix my sporting metaphors). The big milestone is […]

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Applauding the best and darkest

I have finally completed my duties as an Australian Shadows Award judge. Today, the Australian Horror Writers Association released the list of finalists and honourable mentions. Congratulations to the well-deserved nominees! Our judges reports are also online and worth the read for anyone interested in the horror field from 2007. I enjoyed judging for the […]

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Aussie awards (the annual subjective guide)

It’s awards season and from a quick trawl it seems like almost everyone has been sensible about it all this year. Here’s a few thoughts/comments: 1. Australian Shadows – mock the statue if you like (although I haven’t seen this year’s statue, so I suspect there will be a move away from the semi-naked dead […]

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Awards judging

It’s now official. I am one of the judges for the 2007 Australian Shadows Award. I am also the Convenor of the Horror Division of the 2007 Aurealis Awards. The respective awards bodies will undoubtedly unveil all soon.

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