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History

Inaugurated in 2000, this award distinguished collections from novels for the first time at the Ditmars (where both forms has previously been included under the category 'Australian Long Fiction').

Winners

2019 winner y separately published work icon Mother of Invention Tansy Rayner Roberts (editor), Rivqa Rafael (editor), Australia : Twelfth Planet Press , 2018 12913318 2018 anthology short story essay

'An ambitious anthology from award-winning Australian publishing house Twelfth Planet Press, Mother of Invention will feature diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics.

'From Pygmalion and Galatea to Frankenstein, Ex Machina and Person of Interest, the fictional landscape so often frames cisgender men as the creators of artificial life, leading to the same kinds of stories being told over and over. We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species. How can we interrogate the gendered assumptions around the making of robots compared with the making of babies? Can computers learn to speak in a code beyond the (gender) binary?

'If necessity is the mother of invention, what exciting AI might come to exist in the hands of a more diverse range of innovators?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon Ecopunk! Speculative Tales of Radical Futures Cat Sparks (editor), Liz Grzyb (editor), Nedlands : Ticonderoga Publications , 2017 10702076 2017 anthology short story

A collection of cli-fi and eco-thriller short stories, but with a focus on optimistic endings and problem-solving, rather than a post-apocalyptic or dystopian mood.

2017 joint winner y separately published work icon Dreaming in the Dark Jack Dann (editor), Harrogate : PS Australia , 2016 9555105 2016 anthology short story
2017 joint winner y separately published work icon Defying Doomsday Tsana Dolichva (editor), Holly Kench (editor), Yokine : Twelfth Planet Press , 2016 9322595 2016 anthology short story

'Teens form an all-girl band in the face of an impending comet.

 A woman faces giant spiders to collect silk and protect her family.

 New friends take their radio show on the road in search of plague survivors. 

A man seeks love in a fading world. 

How would you survive the apocalypse?

Defying Doomsday is an anthology of apocalypse fiction featuring disabled and chronically ill protagonists, proving it’s not always the “fittest” who survive - it’s the most tenacious, stubborn, enduring and innovative characters who have the best chance of adapting when everything is lost' (publication blurb).

2016 winner y separately published work icon Cranky Ladies of History Tansy Rayner Roberts (editor), Tehani Croft (editor), Mawson : FableCroft Publishing , 2015 8431201 2015 anthology short story

'Warriors, pirates, murderers and queens…

'Throughout history, women from all walks of life have had good reason to be cranky. Some of our most memorable historical figures were outspoken, dramatic, brave, feisty, rebellious and downright ornery.

'Cranky Ladies of History is a celebration of 22 women who challenged conventional wisdom about appropriate female behaviour, from the ancient world all the way through to the twentieth century. Some of our protagonists are infamous and iconic, while others have been all but forgotten under the heavy weight of history.

'Sometimes you have to break the rules before the rules break you.' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon The Bride Price Cat Sparks , Greenwood : Ticonderoga Publications , 2013 5980329 2013 selected work short story science fiction

'The debut collection by multi-award-winning writer Cat Sparks. Inside are 13 stories, including the Ditmar-winning A Lady of Adestan, Seventeen and All the Love in the World and the Aurealis Award-winning Hollywood Roadkill and Sammarynda Deep.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2013 winner y separately published work icon Through Splintered Walls : A Twelve Planets Collection Kaaron Warren , Alisa Krasnostein (editor), Yokine : Twelfth Planet Press , 2012 Z1873891 2012 selected work short story horror Through Splintered Walls comprises three short stories, ''Mountain,' 'Creek,' and 'Road' and the novella Sky. The stories are inspired by the beauty, the danger, the cruelty, emptiness, loneliness and perfection of the Australian landscape.
2012 winner y separately published work icon The Last Days of Kali Yuga Paul Haines , Woodvale : Brimstone Press , 2010 Z1754823 2010 selected work short story horror

'These are the last days ...

'Travel the blood-stained trails of Kathmandu.

'Explore doorways to other worlds.

'Fight for humanity’s darkening soul.

'... when the powers of the Gods wane and evil walks the Earth.

'The Last Days of Kali Yuga is urban fantasy at its darkest. You won’t find traditional vampires or werewolves in Paul Haines’s stories. Instead, you will stare deep into the heart of the cruelest monster of all: man.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2011 winner y separately published work icon Sprawl Alisa Krasnostein (editor), Amanda Rainey , (cover artist), Yokine : Twelfth Planet Press , 2010 Z1738651 2010 anthology short story science fiction 'A glimpse into the strange, dark, and often wondrous magics that fill the days and nights of Australia’s dreaming cities and towns.' - from bookstore catalogue
2010 winner y separately published work icon Slice of Life Paul Haines , Geoffrey Maloney (editor), Australia : The Mayne Press , 2009 Z1661042 2009 selected work short story horror
2009 winner y separately published work icon Dreaming Again Jack Dann (editor), Pymble : Voyager , 2008 Z1495568 2008 anthology short story science fiction fantasy horror Described by its publisher as 'quintessentially Australian and enticingly other' Deaming Again follows on from the World Fantasy Award-winning Dreaming Down-Under (1998). Among the 35 new stories selected for this anthology are those written by such well-known authors as: Peter M. Ball, Lee Battersby, Jenny Blackford, Russell Blackford, Paul Collins, Rowena Cory Daniells, Stephen Dedman, Terry Dowling, Richard Harland, Sean McMullen, Garth Nix, Dirk Strasser, Lucy Sussex, Kim Westwood and Kim Wilkins. The collection also includes a previously unpublished story from A. Bertram Chandler.

2007 winner y separately published work icon The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Volume 2 Bill Congreve (editor), Michelle Marquardt (editor), Chatswood : MirrorDanse Books , 2006 Z1371674 2006 anthology short story fantasy science fiction
2006 winner y separately published work icon Daikaiju! : Giant Monster Tales Robert Hood (editor), Robin Pen (editor), Wollongong : Agog! Press , 2005 Z1249468 2005 anthology short story fantasy science fiction horror

Daikaiju, meaning 'giant monsters,' is a predominantly Australian anthology with a few international authors. It comprises stories that fall within the specualtive fiction genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, along with several works that fall into the category of humour. An essay titled "A Brief History of the Larger-than-Life" by Brian Thomas is also included.

Non-Australian contributors are: J. M. Shiloh, Cody Goodfellow, D. G. Valdron, Skip Peel, Eric Shapiro, Paul Finch, George Thomas, Stephen Mark Rainey, Doug Wood, Frank Wu, and Brian Thomas.

2005 winner y separately published work icon Black Juice Margo Lanagan , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2004 Z1102783 2004 selected work short story young adult science fiction fantasy horror (taught in 2 units)

'Ten stories that delight, shock, intrigue, amuse and move the reader to tears with their imaginative reach, their dark humour, their subtlety, their humanity and depth of feeling: As part of a public execution, a young boy forlornly helps to sing his sister down. A servant learns about grace and loyalty from a mistress who would rather dance with Gypsies than sit on her throne. A terrifying encounter with a demonic angel gives a young man the strength he needs to break free of his oppressor. On a bleak and dreary afternoon a gleeful shooting spree leads to tragedy for a desperate clown unable to escape his fate.'

'Black Juice offers glimpses into familiar, shadowy worlds that push the boundaries of the spirit and leave the mind haunted with the knowledge that black juice runs through us all.'

2004 joint winner y separately published work icon Agog! Terrific Tales : New Australian Speculative Fiction Cat Sparks (editor), Wollongong : Agog! Press , 2003 Z1115039 2003 anthology short story novella fantasy horror science fiction This edition of the Agog! anthology series comrises stories by Australian authors Lee Battersby, Deborah Biancotti, Leigh Blackmore, Simon Brown, Adam Browne, Jack Dann, Marianne de Pierres, Brendan Duffy, Dirk Flinthart, Robert Hood, Sue Isle, Chris Lawson, Martin Livings, Kate Orman, Tracey Rolfe, Lucy Sussex, Kyla Ward, Kaaron Warren, Janeen Webb, Scott Westerfeld, and Sean Williams.
2004 joint winner y separately published work icon Forever Shores : Fiction of the Fantastic Peter McNamara (editor), Margaret Winch (editor), Kent Town : Wakefield Press Aphelion Publications , 2003 Z1089382 2003 anthology short story extract fantasy science fiction

An anthology comprising 17 Australian short fantasy stories.

2003 winner y separately published work icon Agog! Fantastic Fiction : 29 Tales of Fantasy, Imagination and Wonder Cat Sparks (editor), Wollongong : Agog! Press , 2002 Z1006085 2002 anthology short story science fiction horror fantasy
2002 winner y separately published work icon Earth Is But a Star : Excursions Through Science Fiction to the Far Future Damien Broderick (editor), Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 2001 Z861675 2001 anthology poetry short story extract criticism

'Deep time: the ultimate frontier, tomorrow's most romantic landscape. Our sun is vast, sullen wheel hanging at the horizon. Beings walk the dying world in its red light, but few are human. Robots return from the edges of the galaxy to mourn their lost ancestors. Mages weave plots, their science so advanced it is indistinguishable from magic. In the vastness of eternity, Earth is but a star.'

'Only science fantasy knows the paths into this dark realm. A remarkable blend of myth, science and pure dark imagination, science fantasy is a genre still little known to science fiction enthusiasts or critics. Here, for the first time, many of its key tales are gathered, together with new essays that illuminate their strange power and provide a treasury of superb, unusual entertainment.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2001 winner y separately published work icon Blackwater Days Terry Dowling , North Perth : Eidolon Publications , 2000 Z668700 2000 selected work short story horror

Blackwater Days, is a collection of seven linked short stories set in and around the Blackwater Psychiatric Hospital in New South Wales' Hunter Valley. The stories, inspired by Shaun Tan's painting 'Black Water', were written in a creative burst in mid-1996.

2000 winner y separately published work icon New Adventures in Sci-Fi Sean Williams , Nedlands : Ticonderoga Publications , 1999 Z797676 1999 selected work short story science fiction horror
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