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Ditmar Awards

For those of you curious, here are the results of the Ditmar Awards, which were announced on the weekend.

Best Short Fiction: Singing My Sister Down, Margo Lanagan

Best Novella: Last Day of Kali Yuga, Paul Haines

Best Collected Work: Black Juice, Margo Lanagan

Best Novel: Crooked Letter, Sean Williams

Best Artwork: Karri Valkova for the cover of The Black Crusade

Best Professional Achievement: Clarion South

Fan Achievement: Conflux

Fan Artist: Sarah Xu

Fanzine: Bullsheet

Fan Writer:  Bruce Gillespie

Atheling: joint winners Rob Hood and Jason Nahrung

Best New Talent: Paul Haines

and

The  Peter MacNamara Achievement Award was won by Jonathan Strahan.


In case you don't remember, I was up for short fiction and the atheling, which means I didn't win, but that's cool. Not winning awards is the easiest of information to digest. Nothing simpler, and since I've done it more than a few times now, it's simpler still. Though it does appear that I am the only person who thinks the cover of The Black Crusade is absolutely hideous.

Go figure.

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angriest
Jun. 13th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
My comiserations. Even though it's just great to be nominated, blah blah blah, there's still that little bit of you that gets all excited about receiving an award and is subsequently disappointed if you don't.

Haven't seen the cover to the Black Crusade, so can't comment on that. I was happy to see the excellent Sarah Xu win her award, particularly given she was the only nominee in that category! Despite that, it was a prize well-earned.
ninebelow
Jun. 13th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen the cover to the Black Crusade, so can't comment on that.

angriest
Jun. 14th, 2005 09:01 am (UTC)
It's definitely not to my tastes, but when was art ever to everyone's tastes?
benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
>My comiserations. Even though it's just great to be nominated, blah blah blah, there's still that little bit of you that gets all excited about receiving an award and is subsequently disappointed if you don't.<

to be really honest, there's probably about one percent of me that takes that route. it's a real minor thing that lasts maybe ten seconds. otherwise, i'm not fussed. awards are tricky things, in that there's a lot of politics surrounding them, no matter where they're from, and so i never expect to win anything. (and having never won anything, ever, certainly helps that.) my plan, for example, if i'd won the atheling thing was to decline it based off the way the nominations were organised, and the last minute change by the people in charge to swing it back to an individual work, which saw a lot of potential candiates chopped off at the knees. but since i was the only loser, my opinion about that is useless now.

but mostly, i just believe awards are given by people, and people have a whole lot of reasonings. it's not worth spending your time worrying and getting upset about if it doesn't play your way. and in these cases, nomination is more than enough for me.

strangedave
Jun. 13th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
I am certainly a bit surprised the Black Crusade cover won an award.
capnoblivious
Jun. 13th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
Heh. Ditto.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 13th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
hmmm, so richard harland's dedication to self promote his shit paid off. granted he didn't do the cover art but still...

john
benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
nah, i don't reckon that was harland. if he'd won awards it would've been that angle, but not for the cover. guess people must've liked it. (and i know some people do, mind you.)

still, by all accounts he's put in the promotion angle to good use.
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