Shards and the Stokers

I was remiss in mentioning this earlier, but I was stoked (pun intended) to have my debut collection Shards make it onto the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards. For the uninitiated, the Stokers are the world’s top honour for horror fiction and they are presented each year by the international Horror Writers Association. […]

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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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Nominations?

Well, that last post gets a FAIL. It confirms my suspicion that so few people actually read small press short stories – at least amongst the people who stop by this blog. Most of the interest in small press stuff would appear to be my fellow writers wanting to get their own stuff published. Anyway, […]

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Tin Ducks

On the subject of awards, the first of the Aussie SF public nomination awards – Western Australia’s Tin Duck Awards – are now open for people to recommend/nominate works. Last year, I listed everything I thought eligible in the categories I know (the professional fiction ones). This year, I’m going to be more selfish and […]

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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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Tin Duck eligible works (from 2007)

Tin Duck rules and nomination forms are now online. Further to my last post, here is a largish but probably not entirely complete list of short stories and written by West Aussies and published in 2007 (plus one or two other categories): BEST WA PROFESSIONAL SHORT FICTION ELIGIBLES “Beached” by Lee Battersby (Daikaiju! 3) “Father […]

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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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Year of the Pig

It’s been a couple of months… I owe some deserving people emails, but before I get to those, I thought I’d post a bit of an update The Year of the Pig was just that. One of those Annus Horriblises worth forgetting. Two things came out of it – a pretty successful string of short […]

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Ditmar the second

If word of mouth is to be believed, HorrorScope has been fortunate enough to pick up a Ditmar Award last night for Best Fanzine. Woot! While my name is the one on the ballot, the success of HorrorScope is entirely due to the dedication and hard work (and believe me, maintaining the energy and enthusiasm […]

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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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The Ditmars

The Ditmar Award nominees have been announced here and here. I’ve picked up three nominations this year: Best Fanzine (along with my ever-industrious colleagues) for HorrorScope; Best Fan Writer; and Best New Talent. I was surprised as all hell to see three Shadowed Realms Redback stories on the short story list, but congratulations to Kyla, […]

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Three things

The Tin Ducks ‘nominee’ shortlist is available here. Draw your own conclusions. In other news, Ticonderoga Online #11 is now up and running, featuring all kinds of interesting things, including a rare interview with Angela Challis. I also added Stephen Dedman, Richard Harland, Trent Jamieson, Lucy Sussex, and Jason Sizemore (among others) to the Black […]

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Japan or bust?

If I’ve been reading the rules correctly, it seems I’m eligible for the John W Campbell Best New Writer Award this year. In fact, everyone published in Shadowed Realms (as a SFWA pro market) in 2006 qualifies for the award, unless they’ve made other pro sales more than two years ago. Nominate one of these […]

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