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Best Novella or Novelette
Subcategory of Ditmar Awards
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History

Inaugurated in 2004, this award offered a category for works that fell in length between 'Best Novel' and 'Best Short Story'.

Winners

2019 winner y separately published work icon Cabaret of Monsters Tansy Rayner Roberts , Australia : Tansy Rayner Roberts , 2018 15977850 2018 single work novella fantasy

'Saturnalia in Aufleur is a time of topsy-turvy revels, of the world turned upside down and transformed before your eyes. The city's theatres produce an annual display of reversals, surprises and transformations.

'In this city, flappers can transform into wolves. Even the rats are not what they seem.

'Evie Inglirra is on a mission to infiltrate the theatrical world of Aufleur and discover what lies beneath their glamorous cabaret costumes and backstage scandals. Has she bitten off more than she can chew?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon Girl Reporter Tansy Rayner Roberts , United States of America (USA) : Book Smugglers Publishing , 2017 12890563 2017 single work novella science fiction young adult

 From the award-winning author of Cookie Cutter Superhero and Kid Dark Against the Machine comes a brand new novella about girl reporters, superheroes, and interdimensional travel

'In a world of superheroes, supervillains, and a machine that can create them all, millennial vlogger and girl reporter Friday Valentina has no shortage of material to cover. Every lottery cycle, a new superhero is created and quite literally steps into the shoes of the hero before them--displacing the previous hero. While Fry may not be super-powered herself, she understands the power of legacy: her mother is none other than the infamous reporter Tina Valentina, renowned worldwide for her legendary interviews with the True Blue Aussie Beaut Superheroes and her tendency to go to extraordinary lengths to get her story.

This time, Tina Valentina may have ventured too far.

'Alongside Australia's greatest superheroes--including the powerful Astra, dazzling Solar, and The Dark in his full brooding glory--Friday will go to another dimension in the hopes of finding her mother, saving the day, maybe even getting the story of a lifetime out of the adventure. (And possibly a new girlfriend, too.)'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 winner Did We Break the End of the World? Tansy Rayner Roberts , 2016 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Defying Doomsday 2016; (p. 101-138)

After the 'Pulse' destroys most things electronic and electric, Jin and Aisha are two teenagers scavenging together. Jin specialises in batteries, Aisha in pharmaceuticals; Aisha's mutism relieves Jin of having to keep his hearing aids on.

While preparing for the next market to trade for food, they meet a third boy, Billy, who Jin starts crushing on. After a misunderstanding at the market, Billy and Aisha - who can speak and simply chose not to - reveal they knew each other, and moreover, knew the origins of the apocalypse.

Billy and Aisha questioned their world before the Pulse - the android-like plastic foster mothers, the lack of humans besides teenagers, and the city no one has ever left. They discovered it was an experiment, and the researchers ended it with the Pulse. Reunited, the trio plan on going to the laboratory and restarting the city.

2016 winner y separately published work icon Of Sorrow and Such Angela Slatter , New York (City) : Tor , 2015 9103100 2015 single work novella fantasy

'Mistress Gideon is a witch. The locals of Edda’s Meadow, if they suspect it of her, say nary a word—Gideon has been good to them, and it’s always better to keep on her good side. Just in case.

'When a foolish young shapeshifter goes against the wishes of her pack, and gets herself very publicly caught, the authorities find it impossible to deny the existence of the supernatural in their midst any longer; Gideon and her like are captured, bound for torture and a fiery end. Should Gideon give up her sisters in return for a quick death? Or can she turn the situation to her advantage?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2015 winner The Legend Trap Sean Williams , 2014 single work short story fantasy science fiction young adult
— Appears in: Kaleidoscope : Diverse Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories 2014; (p. 49-80) Focus 2014 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2015;
2014 winner The Home for Broken Dolls Kirstyn McDermott , 2013 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Caution : Contains Small Parts : A Twelve Planets Collection 2013; Focus 2013 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2014;
2013 winner Sky Kaaron Warren , 2012 single work novella horror
— Appears in: Through Splintered Walls : A Twelve Planets Collection 2012; Focus 2012 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2013;

'Zed has been haunted by the disappearance of a teacher who went missing not long after Zed brought the oddest item for 'show and tell' to school. Now 23, Zed decides to take matters into his own hands and goes out to search for answers. His search takes him to the small town of Sky, somewhere north-west of Sydney. It's known for its 'Cat Food Factory'. It is here that he meets a number of very strange individuals and undergoes experiences that will change him forever... and not for the better.'

2012 winner The Past Is a Bridge Best Left Burnt Paul Haines , 2010 single work novella horror
— Appears in: The Last Days of Kali Yuga 2010; Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , November no. 56 2012; The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 2012; (p. 455-483)
'Self-consciously autobiographical, and yet subtly playful in its interrogation of the nature of dream and reality, it is an extraordinary tour de force of a story. Consisting of many short, often apparently unrelated sections which seem to mirror the narrator's confusion, The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt takes us on a journey through past and present times, in New Zealand and Australia.'

Source: Review of The Last Days of Kali Yuga, in Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus, [posted: 27/05/2011], http://aussiespecficinfocus.wordpress.com/
Sighted 17/05/2012
2011 winner The Company Articles of Edward Teach Thoraiya Dyer , 2010 single work novella science fiction
— Appears in: The Company Articles of Edward Teach [and] The Angaelien Apocalypse 2010;
'Learning to live inside your own skin is hard enough, but what if you were thrown back in time, to another body; a different world...?' (Publisher's website)
2010 winner Wives Paul Haines , 2009 single work novella horror
— Appears in: X6 : A Novellanthology 2009; (p. 173-303) Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Fifth Annual Volume 2010; (p. 137-147) The Last Days of Kali Yuga 2010; In Your Face 2016; (p. 351-468)

In a future Australia ruled by criminal cartels, women are vastly outnumbered by men, leading men to go to haunting lengths to procure (and subsequently utterly control) a wife. One of Paul Haines's most anthologised works, 'Wives' is also rather contentious for the brutality of the world that it shows.

2009 winner Painlessness Kirstyn McDermott , 2008 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Greatest Uncommon Denominator , Spring no. 2 2008; Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Fifth Annual Volume 2010; (p. 15-44)
2009 joint winner This Is Not My Story Dirk Flinthart , 2008 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine , no. 37 2008; (p. 4-13) Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Fifth Annual Volume 2010; (p. 76-91)
2007 winner The Devil in Mr Pussy (Or How I Found God Inside My Wife) Paul Haines , 2006 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Cock : Adventures in Masculinity 2006; Slice of Life 2009; (p. 12-33) The Last Days of Kali Yuga 2010;
2006 winner The Grinding House Kaaron Warren , 2005 single work novella horror
— Appears in: The Grinding House 2005; (p. 148-196) The Glass Woman 2007; (p. 184-238) Dead Sea Fruit 2010; (p. 169-221)
2005 winner The Last Days of Kali Yuga Paul Haines , 2004 single work short story horror
— Appears in: NFG : Writing with Attitude , no. 14 2004; Doorways for the Dispossessed 2006; (p. 15-41) The Last Days of Kali Yuga 2010;
2004 winner La Sentinelle Lucy Sussex , 2003 single work novella horror fantasy
— Appears in: Southern Blood : New Australian Tales of the Supernatural 2003; (p. 183-223) A Tour Guide in Utopia 2005; (p. 51-107) Devil Dolls and Duplicates in Australian Horror 2011; (p. 119-165) Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies : The Essential Lucy Sussex 2011; (p. 217-268)
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