Hey there! It's that time of year in Australia - the time when people start nominating for the Ditmar Awards.
The Ditmars are awarded each year at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention (NatCon) and stand beside the Aurealis Awards as the most prestigious annual national fandom awards in Australia.
Nominations are typically made in the period leading up to end of each year, and are voted on prior to the following year's NatCon. The 2009 NatCon will apparently be held in Adelaide over the Greg's Birthday long weekend (6-8 June 2009).
So in the spirit of shameless self-promotion, I'm nominating in the following categories:
Best Fan Production
- The Dust Forms Words
Best Fan Writer
- Greg Tannahill for The Dust Forms Words
Will I win? Hell no! Australia is blessed with an incredibly talented and energetic fan community. It also has an extremely gray area between "fan work" and "professional work" so many of the people who appear in these categories are experienced writers with multiple published titles to their names. It's a distinct pleasure seeing these people nominated and eventually win each year, and I look forward to it again in 2009.
But if everyone out there could start stirring up some buzz that it would be cool to give me a trophy, that'd be just swell. Thanks.