Ditmar Award nominations now open

When it rains, it pours. I’m bloody busy with the Grand Conversation right now, but I’ve learned that nominations for this year’s Ditmar Awards have now opened. I’ll do my annual subjective guide to the Ditmars over the coming week. Nominations close March 14, so if you’re vaguely interested in what I have to say/recommend, […]

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The Ditmar show comes to end (for now)

So the Ditmar Awards have now closed to nominations for another year. I expect the shortlisted finalists will be announced in August. A hearty ‘good onya’ to everyone who nominated and best of luck to everyone who is in contention. I’ll be fascinated to see the composition of this year’s shortlist. This also concludes my […]

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Ditmar Awards 2010 – Shane’s online goodies

We’ve reached the end of the Ditmar Award posts (finally! some of you say), but I’ll go out with something of a bang. Ditmar nominations are open until July 23. From now until then, I will be making three of my most significant works of 2009 available as FREE DOWNLOADS. Yes, that’s right, you can […]

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Ditmar Awards 2010 – recommendations summary

I’ve posted a bunch of stuff over the last few weeks about my recommendations for this year’s Ditmar Awards, so to make it easy for the casual browser, I’ve compiled my recommendations and the links to the original posts (which explain in greater detail my choices and offer some extra information) right here. So in […]

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Ditmar Awards 2010 – Best New Talent

At first, I didn’t think I could come up with a good set of new talent recommendations, primarily because I read less short fiction last year. However, when I put my mind back to some of the great debut novels from last year, everything fell into place. The ‘new talents’ I’ll put forward are: Stephen […]

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Ditmar Awards 2010 – Best Achievement and the Atheling

Two posts in one here, namely because I don’t have enough recommendations to fill two separate posts! The Best Achievement category is a toughie. While a few individuals had great years, I’m largely drawing a blank on standout achievements/events/milestones etc. The outstanding achievements I can recall include: Marty Young is retiring as President (and founder) […]

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Ditmar Awards 2010 – fan writer

Let’s get a little controversial here. It’s no secret that HorrorScope reviewers have done well in this category for the past few years. The good showing has been interpreted by a few as some sort of collusion on behalf of the Australian Horror Writers Association. That, my friends, is utter bullshit. Let me clear this […]

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Ditmar Awards 2010 – fan publication

Another interesting category, and one that I think is split between the old guard fanzine creators and the new web-based e-zines. Obviously, my passions lie with the latter category, but I think the Ditmar Awards will be poorer when the old fanzines eventually drop off the shortlists. This year, I’m recommending these publications: HorrorScope, edited […]

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Ditmar Awards 2010 – collected works

With the news that Ditmar Award nominations have now opened, I’d better polish these Ditmar recommendation posts off soon (well, before everyone gets their nominations in, anyway). Once I wrap these up (in the next couple of days), I’ll post a convenient summary of my recommendations. Onto the Collected Work category, which is probably my […]

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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 […]

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Ditmar Awards 2010 – novellas/novelettes

Onto the often-overlooked mid-form of the story, the novella and novelette. I’m a huge fan of the novella, myself,  because it allows someone who is time-poor (i.e. me) to nestle into a good long story without needing to sacrifice days to it. The best stuff I encountered (and yes, I’m including one of my own) […]

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