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2020 winner Kirstyn McDermott for 'Never Afters: Female Friendship and Collaboration in Contemporary Re-visioned Fairy Tales by Women'.
2020 winner y separately published work icon Watermarks : Science Fiction, Mitigation and the Mosaic Novel Structure in Australian Climate Fiction Jason Nahrung , St Lucia : 2019 19751999 2019 single work thesis
2018 joint winner y separately published work icon Genre Worlds : Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century Kim Wilkins , David Carter , Beth Driscoll , Lisa Fletcher , 2016 16429960 2016 website criticism

‘Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century’ is a research project funded by an ARC Discovery Project Grant between 2016 and 2018 (DP160101308). 

The research project aims to systematically examine 21st-century Australian popular fiction, the most significant growth area in Australian trade publishing since the turn of the century. Its three areas of investigation are: the publishing of Australian popular fiction; the interrelationships between Australian popular fiction and Australian genre communities; and the textual distinctiveness of Australian popular novels in relation to genre. Research will centre on thirty novels across three genres (fantasy, romance and crime), building a comprehensive picture of the practices and processes of Australian popular fiction through detailed examination of trade data, close reading of texts, and interviews with industry figures.'

Source: Project website.

2018 joint winner y separately published work icon Capitalocene Dreams : Dark Tales of Near Futures & The 21st Century Catastrophe : Hyper-capitalism and Severe Climate Change in Science Fiction Cat Sparks , Perth : 2018 16429751 2018 single work thesis

'This thesis investigates the research question: What is the role of speculative fiction in a climate changed world? The short story collection: Capitalocene Dreams: Dark Tales of Near Futures explores life on the fringes of disintegrating Australian enclaves during the dying days of neoliberal excess. The exegesis: The 21st Century Catastrophe: Hyper-capitalism and Severe Climate Change in Science Fiction, contrasts ecocatastrophe science fiction of the sixties and seventies with contemporary climate or Anthropocene fiction.'

Source: Curtin University.

2017 winner Tansy Rayner Roberts For 'The Fictional Mother'.
2017 winner y separately published work icon The Rebirth of Rapunzel : A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower Kate Forsyth , Mawson : FableCroft Publishing , 2016 9476898 2016 selected work criticism essay

'A unique collection presenting Kate Forsyth’s extensive academic research into the ‘Rapunzel’ fairy tale, alongside several other pieces related to fairy tales and folklore.

'This book is not your usual reference work, but a complex and engaging exploration of the subject matter, written with Forsyth’s distinctive flair.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Letters to Tiptree Alisa Krasnostein (editor), Alexandra Pierce (editor), Yokine : Twelfth Planet Press , 2015 8815653 2015 anthology correspondence

'In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Alice Sheldon’s birth, and in recognition of the enormous influence of both Tiptree and Sheldon on the field, Twelfth Planet Press is publishing a selection of thoughtful letters written by science fiction and fantasy’s writers, editors, critics and fans to celebrate her, to recognise her work, and maybe in some cases to finish conversations set aside nearly thirty years ago.' (Publication summary)

2001 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 joint winner Marc McBride with Emily Rodda for the 'Deltora Quest' series and 'The Deltora Book of Monsers'.
2001 joint winner Emily Rodda with Mark McBride for the 'Deltora Quest' series and 'The Deltora Book of Monsters'.
2001 joint winner Peter McNamara for outstanding contribution to speculative fiction
2000 joint winner y separately published work icon The Lost Thing Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Lothian , 2000 Z668356 2000 single work picture book children's (taught in 11 units) 'A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Realising it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day to day lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a 'place' for it.'
(Source: The Lost Thing website)
2000 joint winner y separately published work icon Spinouts Bronze Paul Collins (editor), Meredith Costain (editor), Pearson Education (publisher), 2000 South Melbourne : Pearson Education , 2000 Z965158 2000 series - publisher children's fiction children's science fiction horror
1999 winner y separately published work icon Antique Futures : The Best of Terry Dowling Terry Dowling , Nedlands : MP Books , 1999 Z117871 1999 selected work short story science fiction horror romance fantasy
1998 winner y separately published work icon The Rabbits John Marsden , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1998 Z139449 1998 single work picture book children's (taught in 11 units)

"The rabbits came many grandparents ago.

They build houses, made roads, had children.

They cut down trees.

A whole continent of rabbits..." (back cover)

An allegorical story using rabbits, an introduced species, to represent the arrival of Europeans in Australia and the subsequent widespread environmental destruction.

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