Ditmar Awards 2010 – short stories

I have to confess I’ve read far fewer short stories from 2009 than I did in previous years (when I was a judge for the Australian Shadows Award and Aurealis Award). However, I’ve read widely enough to have compiled a longlist of nomination-worthy work. I won’t mention the strengths of each, though (I’m too busy/lazy for this today!).

My faves from 2009 (in alpha order) were:

  • “Shadow of Drought” by Joanne Anderton (Midnight Echo #2)
  • “Six Suicides” by Deborah Biancotti (A Book of Endings)
  • “Black Water” by David Conyers (Jupiter #24)
  • “Losing Tahlia” by Jason Crowe (Midnight Echo #2)
  • “Chasing Jormungand” by Shane Jiraiya Cummings (ASIM #38)
  • “Wrack” by Shane Jiraiya Cummings (Shards)
  • “for want of a jesusman” by Jason Fischer (Aurealis #42)
  • “Behind Dark Blue Eyes” by Robert Hood (Exotic Gothic 3)
  • “The Dumbshow” by Andrew J. McKiernan (Masques)
  • “A Tour in the City of Assassins” by Kyla Ward (Ticon4)
  • “The Gaze Dogs of Nine Waterfall” by Kaaron Warren (Exotic Gothic 3)
  • “Black Peter” by Marty Young (Festive Fear)

This category is open to a lot of interpretation. What were your favourites from 2009?

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  1. Danel Olson says:

    Some superb and satisfying choices there, Shane, that I would second. Don’t know why it is that many of my favorite short stories come out of Australia (and in Kaaron Warren’s case, Fiji) these days–I am just grateful for them.

    –Cheers, DO

  2. Hey, cheers for the shout-outs! 🙂 it’s a good year for Aussie SF, can’t wait to see this year’s Ditmar shortlists.