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Ditmar Awards (1969-)
or Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards ; or Australian SF 'Ditmar' Award
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'The Ditmar Award (formally the Australian SF ("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 (including fantasy and horror) and science fiction fandom. The award is similar to the Hugo Award but on a national rather than international scale.

'They are named for Martin James Ditmar "Dick" Jenssen, an Australian fan and artist, who financially supported the awards at their inception.' (Source :


  • Started in 1969, the awards were named after Martin James (Ditmar) Jenssen, a founding member of the Melbourne Science Fiction Club, who financially supported the award until about 1975.

    The Ditmars are awarded at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention.

Latest Winners / Recipients (also see subcategories)v1506

Year: 1995

(Committee Award) Peter Nicholls

Year: 1992

(Special Ditmar Award for Services to Fandom) Susan Smith-Clarke

Year: 1971

(Special Award) y separately published work icon Science Fiction in the Cinema John Baxter , London : Tantivy Press , 1970 Z811815 1970 single work
(Special Award) y separately published work icon Vision of Tomorrow Philip Harbottle (editor), 1969 Yagoona : Ronald E. Graham , 1969-1970 Z1526529 1969 periodical (12 issues) Science fiction creative writing and critical articles.

Works About this Award

Swancon36 / Natcon50 Attendance Up, National and WA Awards Presented 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 91 no. 1 2011; (p. 7)
Tony Plank, Inkspiller 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: The Specusphere , May no. 2 2008;
Workshop Picks Up Professional Award Jason Nahrung , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 - 7 May 2006; (p. 36)
Clarion South Rewarded 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 - 26 June 2005; (p. 8)
Ditmars Give Well-Deserved Recognition to Local Talent Jason Nahrung , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 March 2003; (p. 8)