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New Awards for Statue Season

To the Australian Speculative Fiction Community,

I would like to take this moment to announce that I have created a new award. It has not been an easy decision to make and I have thought long and hard about it. I have had meetings. I have met with boards of directors. I have spoken to publicity people. It has taken all of hour to realise that there is a gap in the Australian Award System currently not being serviced during Statue Season.

Many of you, I am sure, are ecstatic to hear I have decided do to something about it. We in Australian Speculative Fiction love our statues and while it is true that we have the thirteen statues in the Aurealis Awards, another thirteen the Ditmars, seven in the Tin Ducks, and a sad and single, lonely Australian Shadows statue (but what a statue! Clearly it is the Statue of Statues)... anyhow, while it is true that we currently give out thirty-four statues, this is clearly not enough. There are authors and editors and artists and bar staff who are not getting the proper recognition that they deserve. And so, with a heavy, heavy sense of duty, I have stepped up, and created awards to fill in the gaps. Firstly, I have used the seven categories of the Tin Ducks as my template, as I might better avoid a sense of excess or overloading, though I am sure everyone reading this well understands that the Statue Season is dangerously undernourished here. At any rate, the first award is the Copper Bird, which will be awarded in South Australian writers of Speculative Fiction who produce work of excellence. The second is the Dirt Fish, awarded to Speculative Fiction authors in the Northern Territory. It is made from mud, I am afraid, but this is apt, since the Northern Territory is not yet a State, and once such a status is bequeathed to them, they may move to a metal or lowly wood. Our third award is the Iron Spider for those writers in Queensland. In NSW, there shall be a slight change, and the award will be known as the Bronze House, to better appeal to those authors in this State, while in the ACT, the awards will be known as Silver Flies. In Victoria, the new award shall be known as the Jade Cow, and lastly, and certainly finally, since they are but a little island hanging off the main, Tasmanian authors shall be awarded the Wooden Ass.

Eighty-two statues!

Please, please, there is no need for applause. I do this out of duty. Out of love.

Now, I am sure, there are some of you who are reading this, and thinking, eighty-two? But, Ben, thirty-four was an excessive number. Surely this is regionalism taken to an insane level? Well, no. As you can see with the Tin Ducks, awards that recognise writers based on State ensure that everyone gets a fair shake of the stick. Well, nearly everyone. There will always be those authors who are simply not part of the community and who don't go to the parties and who think awards should be based on literary merit, rather than friendship, but to them I say pish posh. That's right: pish posh. Don't they know that the Australian Speculative fiction scene has been built upon on a fair go and mateship? Those fabulous buzzwords of Australianness under which this country was conquered founded, and in whose name we tell foreigners to stop speaking in their horrible foreign languages, get rid of their horrible foreign ideals and concepts, and to embrace the mateship, fair shake of stick way of life. If you cannot get behind this, then what point do you have being in this country? And if you can't get behind this, then clearly you're an unpatriotic little snot who needs to be bashed in a dark alley. So spare me these whiny little complaints that there are too many awards already, that there is only about eighty authors in Australia, and that Statue Season is being weighed down by these objects, and that Australian Post could not possibly deal with another forty-eight statues being freighted across the country for work that no more than a dozen people have read!


I will hear it not!

Affordable statues for all!


Ben Peek.


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Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)

I applaud your decision and your dedication to the ever needless dispensation of statues.

Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
thank you, thank you, flowers are unnecessary.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Dude. I want a tin duck. I'm moving to Oz!
Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
but you'd have to go to WA!
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Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Dude, you couldn't name one for the platypus? For fucking shame! I would have moved to Australia to compete... :)

But your post is right on. Awards are shite. Like Tom Disch said, every child must go home with a prize.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
bitch bitch bitch--that's all people do with awards!

Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
what about the freakin Budgie? You promised there'd be a budgie. You are *so* out of line here!!!
Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
i specifically told you there wouldn't be a budgie! i have the minutes from the meeting! it dissolves into screams, but you can clearly hear me saying, 'no budgies!'
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Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
I think all of you are simply jealous of Western Australia's much-coveted Tin Ducks.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
well, obviously.
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Mar. 22nd, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Don't forget the Subtle Budgie. :)

Awarded in secret to people whose work has been read by no one, in honour of no one knows what... names of shortlisted authors & winners to be locked in a vault and never revealed on pain of death.

Mar. 22nd, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
if i tell everyone, then they will know about it, and it won't be as elitist as it could possibly be.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
I do hope that you are withdrawing yourself from eligibility for these awards.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
but--but, i wanna collect the whole set!
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Mar. 22nd, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Look, you authors have it all backwards. We in WA have conventions every year, and whats a convention without an awards night? So we had to make up some awards.

Other states usually just wait until they have some awards to give out before having a convention - but WA took the lead!
Mar. 22nd, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
so... what you're saying is, each state needs a convention as well?

we could have a best convention trophy!
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Mar. 22nd, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
given the tin ducks have been going longer than the AAs, I vote we get rid of the AAs...
Mar. 22nd, 2007 10:17 am (UTC)
what?! and reduce the number of statues!
Mar. 23rd, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Why restrict it to Australia? Why not include New Zealand, PNG, Indonesia - the Pacific?

The Australian Spec Community can go global. The awards can go global!

A passerby
Mar. 24th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
I think you've missed a state... the state of being a Kiwi who doesn't want to go home despite there being Hips of Jobs! (we're not falling for the ads). If anyone has the Australian spirit it's us, look how many sheep jokes we have to put up with just to live here! If it wasn't for us, the rest of the world would be making sheep jokes about you!

I propose the Shaggy Sheep award to pay tribute to those of us who choose to inhabit the West Island.
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