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Ditmar Award

Entry updated 6 October 2023. Tagged: Award.

The Australian SF Awards, familiarly known as the Ditmars, were first given in 1969 and are presented in various categories for sf, fantasy and horror-related work by Australians. The name comes from the long-time Australian fan and artist "Dick" Jenssen, whose full name is Martin James Ditmar Jenssen and who won the award in fan artist categories in 2002 and 2010. Voting resembles the system used for the Hugos but is associated with membership of the annual Australian National Convention ("Natcon") rather than the Worldcon. There have been many category changes over the years, some controversial (like the discontinuing of the International Fiction award since 1989, making the Ditmars purely local to Australia) and some joky (there was a 1991 category for Best Fannish Cat). The trophy normally takes the form of a monolith with sides in 1:4:9 proportions – as made famous in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – decorated with the stars of the Southern Cross.

For the time being, this encyclopedia lists Ditmar winners in the Australian Long Fiction/Novel and International Fiction categories only. See the links below for the current rules and a fuller historical list at Locus Online. [DRL]

Australian Novel/Long Fiction

International Fiction


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