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. Add to this the Aussie horror writers not on the AHWA’s books (there are some) and the whole bunch of SF writers who dabble by publishing the occasional horror short story… well, you see where I’m going? It’s an award with a strong base, few categories, and with a view to the future.