(Fan Nominated) The Ditmar Award (formerly the “Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award”) has been awarded annually since 1969 at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention (the “Natcon”) to recognise achievement in Australian science fiction/speculative fiction (including fantasy and horror) and science fiction fandom. The award is similar to the Hugo Award but on a national rather than international scale.
Nominations close on the 23rd of July, so there’s very little time left.
These eligible works by author Shane Jiraiya Cummings and author/artist Andrew J. McKiernan are available for FREE DOWNLOAD courtesy of the authors until nominations close…
(Links to works (except my own) NOW DISABLED)
The nomination form can be found HERE, just fill it out and click.
Eligible works by Andrew J. McKiernan (links now disabled) are:
- “The Message” by Andrew J McKiernan – originally appeared in Midnight Echo #2 from AHWA. Short listed for both Aurealis and Australian Shadows Awards: “The Message by Andrew J. McKiernan is the absolute standout in this issue. Again, a grounding in real life events gives this story real impact. There’s a real emotional hit to this one that will linger long after you’ve closed the magazine.” OzHorrorScope
- “Daivadana” by Andrew J McKiernan – originally appeared in In Bad Dreams 2: Where Death Stalks from Eneit Press: “‘Daivadana’ by Andrew McKiernan, [is] my favourite kind of story, epic and action packed and filled with ancient and nasty magicks. He writes stories that I wish I’d written. Damn his eyes.” Martin Livings.
Best Short Story
- “The Dumbshow” by Andrew J McKiernan – originally appeared in Masques from CSFG: “The Dumbshow is a noir carnival that shows off Andrew McKiernan’s considerable prowess, effectively conveying the mute character’s emotions and dialogue through the unlikely medium of written mime…his characters are crystal clear and throbbing with life.” Specusphere
- “Shards: Short, Sharp Tales” by Shane Jiraiya Cummings, illustrated by Andrew J McKiernan from Brimstone Press: “McKiernan shows a brilliant sense of what stands out in the mind of a reader and then brings those images to life with a frightening style and ability beyond most artists working today in the smaller presses.” gnbraun.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-reviews-up-this-weekend.html
Eligible works by Shane Jiraiya Cummings (links now disabled) are:
Almost forty short, sharp tales – all illustrated by Andrew J. McKiernan
Described by bestselling author Jonathan Maberry as “a guided tour of the darkest backroads of the imagination … wonderfully moody and creepy” and ScaryMinds’ Jeff Ritchie thusly: “Shane Jiraiya Cummings with Shards shows he is not only a master of the flash fiction style of writing but has pretty much written the definitive statement on how it should work.”
Shards is Shane’s debut collection and represents the best of his flash fiction drawn from pro and semi-pro markets such as Shadowed Realms, Dark Wisdom, Horror Literature Quarterly, ASIM, Borderlands, and Shadow Box. Several of the stories therein are award nominees or honourable mentions in Year’s Best anthologies. This collection is the real deal and well worth your attention!
Shane’s best work of fiction published to date, Phoenix is the quintessential Australian post-apocalyptic dark fantasy story.
Stephen M. Irwin said of Phoenix: “Robert E. Howard meets Cormac McCarthy? Lovecraft meets London? Imagine no longer; Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves weaves its own unique magic, binding ancient sorcery and modern apocalypse together on the plains of Western Australia.”
Want to read a story that’s crosses the mythology around bushfires with Stephen King’s The Gunslinger. This is it. Enjoy!
Best Short Story
What can I say about this story? It’s Shane’s first published humorous SF story. It was written at Clarion South. It’s written in second person perspective. Best of all, it’s about rival groups of scientist chasing yawns through Sydney’s subways. Yes, scientists chasing yawns.
You’ll never guess how the protagonist defuses the situation when it turns life threatening. For all its perceived silliness, this is, in fact, a finely crafted story.
Read it and I bet you won’t be able to resist yawning!
~ Author of Dear Santa (Festive Fear 2)
Daniel I. Russell
~ Author of Samhane, Fluffs and Shutterbug
‘Who is this fuckhead, and what’s this shit he calls writing?’
~ Author of We, the Moral Minority and Beatnix Under the Bed
Read, enjoy, nominate if you feel they are worthy.
Make your vote count, it comes but once a year!