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Best Short Story (2004-)
Best Short Fiction (2000-2003)
Best Australian Short Fiction (1978-1999)
Subcategory of Ditmar Awards
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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.

A category for Novella or Novelette (indexed separately) was added in 2004.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2022

winner The King in Yella Kaaron Warren , 2021 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Under Twin Suns : Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign 2021;

Year: 2021

winner The Calenture Kaaron Warren , 2020 single work short story
— Appears in: Of Gods and Globes 2 : A Cosmic Anthology 2020;

Year: 2020

winner Whom My Soul Loves Rivqa Rafael , 2019 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Strange Horizons , 11 November 2019;

Year: 2019

winner The Heart of Owl Abbas Kathleen Jennings , 2018 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Fiction , April 2018; The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy : 2019 Edition 2019;

'A composer in an unstable city-state accidentally discovers the perfect singer for his work—a clockwork man—and sows the seeds of revolution.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2018

winner A Pearl Beyond Price Janeen Webb , 2017 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Cthulhu Deep Down Under : Volume 1 2017;