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Best Australian Short Fiction
Subcategory of Ditmar Awards
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History

The category for Best Australian Short Fiction was first awarded in 1978, but was not awarded again until 1981, when the previous category (Best Australian Fiction) was permanently split into Best Australian Long Fiction and Best Australian Short Fiction.

This particular award lasted until 2000, after which it was replaced by Best Short Story.

Winners

1999 winner The Truth About Weena David J. Lake , 1998 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Dreaming Down-Under 1998; (p. 161-192) Dreaming Down-Under : Book Two 2000; (p. 154-205) The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF 2013; (p. 45-82)
1998 winner Niagara Falling Janeen Webb , Jack Dann , 1997 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Black Mist and Other Japanese Futures 1997; The Year's Best : Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Volume 2 1998; (p. 119-153) Wonder Years : The Ten Best Stories From a Decade Past 2003; (p. 235-260) The Best Australian Science Fiction Writing : A Fifty Year Collection 2004; (p. 452-474) Death at the Blue Elephant 2014;
1997 winner The Sword of God Russell Blackford , 1996 single work short story historical fiction fantasy
— Appears in: Dream Weavers 1996; (p. 212-239) The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Volume 1 1997; (p. 161-182) Forever Shores : Fiction of the Fantastic 2003; (p. 87-108) The Best Australian Science Fiction Writing : A Fifty Year Collection 2004; (p. 434-451)
1996 winner Schrodinger's Fridge Ian Gunn , 1995 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 15 1995; (p. 29-36) The Aurealis Mega OZ SF Anthology 1999;
1995 winner y separately published work icon Cocoon Greg Egan , 1994 single work short story
— Appears in: Asimov's Science Fiction , May vol. 18 no. 6 1994; (p. 82-110) Luminous 1998; (p. 107-140)
1994 winner Catalyst Leanne Frahm , 1993 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Terror Australis: The Best of Australian Horror 1993; (p. 1-14)
1993 winner Closer Greg Egan , Liesl Yvette (illustrator), 1992 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Eidolon : The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy , Winter no. 9 1992; (p. 80-91) Axiomatic 1995; (p. 259-273)
1992 winner Alone in His Chariot Sean McMullen , Jeremy Richard Reston (illustrator), 1991 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Eidolon : The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy , Summer no. 4 1991; (p. 68-84) Call to the Edge 1992; (p. 90-109)
1991 winner While the Gate is Open Sean McMullen , 1990 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Fantasy and Science Fiction , February vol. 78 no. 2 1990; (p. 81-102) Call to the Edge 1992; (p. 170-195)
1990 winner The Quiet Redemption of Andy the House Terry Dowling , 1989 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Australian Short Stories , no. 26 1989; (p. 78-96) Alien Shores : An Anthology of Australian Science Fiction 1994; (p. 345-367) An Intimate Knowledge of the Night 1995; (p. 188-214) Antique Futures : The Best of Terry Dowling 1999; (p. 257-280) Basic Black : Tales of Appropriate Fear 2006; (p. 193-212)
1989 winner My Lady Tongue Lucy Sussex , 1988 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Matilda at the Speed of Light : An Anthology of Australian Science Fiction 1988; (p. 205-250) My Lady Tongue and Other Tales 1990; (p. 75-133) Mortal Fire : Best Australian Science Fiction 1993; (p. 274-320) Centaurus : The Best of Australian Science Fiction 1999; (p. 151-187) Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies : The Essential Lucy Sussex 2011; (p. 71-112) Strange Horizons , April 2013;
1988 winner The Last Elephant Terry Dowling , 1987 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Australian Short Stories , no. 20 1987; (p. 27-37) Metaworlds : Best Australian Science Fiction 1994; (p. 81-96) Fabulous at Fifty : Fifty of the Best from Australian Short Stories 1995; (p. 464-475) An Intimate Knowledge of the Night 1995; (p. 131-148) Antique Futures : The Best of Terry Dowling 1999; (p. 243-256) Make Believe : A Terry Dowling Reader 2009; (p. 203-215)
1987 winner The Man Who Lost Red Terry Dowling , 1986 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Aphelion Science Fiction Magazine , Autumn no. 2 1986; (p. 3-29) The Man Who Lost Red 1994; (p. 9-66) Antique Futures : The Best of Terry Dowling 1999; (p. 161-208) Make Believe : A Terry Dowling Reader 2009; (p. 137-182)

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1986 winner The Bullet that Grows in the Gun Terry Dowling , 1985 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Urban Fantasies 1985; (p. 133-149) Omega Science Digest , September/October 1986; (p. 94-101) An Intimate Knowledge of the Night 1995; (p. 17-36) Basic Black : Tales of Appropriate Fear 2006; (p. 51-66) Macabre : A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears 2010; (p. 193-214)
1985 winner The Terrarium Terry Dowling , 1984 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Omega Science Digest , May/June 1984; (p. 110-113, 118) An Intimate Knowledge of the Night 1995; (p. 79-93)
1984 winner Above Atlas His Shoulders Andrew Whitmore , 1983 single work short story
— Appears in: Dreamworks : Strange New Stories 1983; (p. 33-88)
1982 winner Where Silence Rules Keith Taylor , 1981 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Distant Worlds 1981; (p. 187-201)
1981 winner Deus Ex Corporus Leanne Frahm , 1980 single work novella science fiction
— Appears in: Chrysalis , February no. 7 1980; (p. 10-31)
1978 winner Albert's Bellyfull Francis Payne , 1977 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Yggdrasil , February 1977; Matilda at the Speed of Light : An Anthology of Australian Science Fiction 1988; (p. 127-150)
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