DUFF Race 2013

Clare McDonald-Sims and Bill Wright have been announced as the nominees for this year’s DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) race. The winner of the race will travel to North America to attend LoneStarCon 3 and also tour North America. Anyone who were active in fandom before January 1, 2013 may vote. The voting deadline is June 10.

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Aurealis Nominations

The 2012 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced on May 18 in North Sydney, Australia.

Fantasy Novel

  • Bitter Greens, by Kate Forsyth
  • Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
  • Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan
  • Flame of Sevenwaters, by Juliet Marillier
  • Winter Be My Shield, by Jo Spurrier

Fantasy Short Story

  • “Sanaa’s Army,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “The Stone Witch,” by Isobelle Carmody
  • “First They Came,” by Deborah Kalin
  • “Bajazzle,” by Margo Lanagan
  • “The Isles of the Sun,” by Margo Lanagan

Science Fiction Novel

  • Suited, by Jo Anderton
  • The Last City, by Nina D’Aleo
  • And All The Stars, by Andrea K Host
  • The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, by Ambelin Kwaymullina
  • Confusion of Princes, by Garth Nix
  • The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley

Science Fiction Short Story

  • “Visitors,” by James Bradley
  • “Significant Dust,” by Margo Lanagan
  • “Beyond Winter’s Shadow,” by Greg Mellor
  • “The Trouble with Memes,” by Greg Mellor
  • “The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club,” by Kaaron Warren

Horror Novel

  • Bloody Waters, by Jason Franks
  • Perfections, by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Blood and Dust, by Jason Nahrung
  • Salvage, by Jason Nahrung

Horror Short Story

  • “Sanaa’s Army,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “Elyora,” by Jodi Cleghorn
  • “To Wish Upon a Clockwork Heart,” by Felicity Dowker
  • “Escena de un Asesinato,” by Robert Hood
  • “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren

Young Adult Novel

  • Dead, Actually, by Kaz Delaney
  • And All The Stars, by Andrea K. Host
  • The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, by Ambelin Kwaymullina
  • Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan
  • Into That Forest, by Louis Nowra

Young Adult Short Story

  • “Stilled Lifes x 11,” by Justin D’Ath
  • “The Wisdom of the Ants,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “Rats,” by Jack Heath
  • “The Statues of Melbourne,” by Jack Nicholls
  • “The Worry Man,” by Adrienne Tam

Children’s Fiction (told primarily through words)

  • Brotherband: The Hunters, by John Flanagan
  • Princess Betony and the Unicorn, by Pamela Freeman
  • The Silver Door, by Emily Rodda
  • Irina the Wolf Queen, by Leah Swann

Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures)

  • Little Elephants, by Graeme Base (author and illustrator)
  • The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree, by Gary Crew (author) and Ross Watkins (illustrator)
  • In the Beech Forest, by Gary Crew (author) and Den Scheer (illustrator)
  • Inside the World of Tom Roberts, by Mark Wilson (author and illustrator)

Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel

  • Blue, by Pat Grant (author and illustrator)
  • It Shines and Shakes and Laughs, by Tim Molloy (author and illustrator)
  • Changing Ways #2, by Justin Randall (author and illustrator)


  • Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Bloodstones, edited by Amanda Pillar
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 6, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Under My Hat, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Edge of Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan


  • That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote, by K. J. Bishop
  • Metro Winds, by Isobelle Carmody
  • Midnight and Moonshine, by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter
  • Living with the Dead, by Martin Livings
  • Through Splintered Walls, by Kaaron Warren

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GUFF Winner

Croatian fan Mihaela Marija Perković won the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) to represent Europe at Conflux. Perković beat Julie McMurray with a tally of 49-30. Perković has been active in fandom since 1991. Fans from 15 countries participated in the vote.

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GUFF Race Opens

Julie McMurray and Mihaela Marija Perković have been announced as the two candidates for this year’s GUFF race to send a European Fan to Australasia. McMurray is a British fan and Perković is a Croatian fan. Voting will run until January 7, 2013.

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GUFF Seeks Nominees

The Going Under/Get Up and Over Fan Fund is seeking European fans who would like to stand for the privilege of traveling to Swancon in Perth, Australia, to be held from March 29-April 1, or to Au Contraire in Wellington from July 12-14, 2013. Nominees will need three European and two Australasian nominators and should inform the GUFF administrators of their intentions, provide a 100 word statement and put up a bond. Deadline for nominations is October 11, with the candidates announced on October 13.

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Ditmar Winners

The Ditmar Awards were presented on June 10 at Continuum 8 – the 51st Australian National SF convention. The winners are listed below.

  • Best Novel: The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood
  • Best Novella or Novelette: “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt,” by Paul Haines
  • Best Short Story: “The Patrician,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Best Collected Work: The Last Days of Kali Yuga, by Paul Haines, edited by Angela Challis
  • Best Artwork: Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for The Freedom Maze
  • Best Fan Writer: Robin Pen, for “The Ballad of the Unrequited Ditmar”
  • Best Fan Artist: Kathleen Jennings, for work in Errantry including “The Dalek Game”
  • Best Fan Publication in Any Medium: The Writer and the Critic, by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
  • Best New Talent: Joanne Anderton
  • William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review: Alexandra Pierce and Tehani Wessely, for reviews of Vorkosigan Saga, in Randomly Yours, Alex

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DUFF Held Over

Hold Over Funds won this year’s DUFF contents, meaning nobody will travel to Australia later this month for the National Convention. When DUFF administrators John Hertz and David Cake announced a call for candidates, many fans expressed concern that there wouldn’t be enough time between the voting deadline and the beginning of the Australian con to make plans for a trip and advocated voting for Hold Over Funds. One of the two candidates, Murray Moore announced that he desired to have his votes counted for Hold Over Funds.

The final tally was
Hold Over Funds: 38 NA votes + 19 ANZ
Juanita Coulson: 24 NA votes + 1 ANZ
Murray Moore: 11 NA votes + 2 ANZ

DUFF Race Underway

John Hertz and David Cake, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Continuum in Melbourne, Australia from June 8-11. Due to the late announcement of the race, there is only a fifteen day voting window and many past DUFF administrators are advocating that people vote for Hold Over Funds, stating that a winner announced in early June would not have time to properly plan a trip or buy tickets at a reasonable rate. One of the candidates, Murray Moore, has stated his intention of not traveling to Australia if he wins.

The candidates are:

  • Juanita Coulson
  • Murray Moore

A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)

Aurealis Awards

The winners of the Aurealis Award, presented North Sydney’s Independent Theatre were announced on Saturday, May 13.

  • Fantasy Novel: Ember and Ash, by Pamela Freeman
  • Fantasy Short Story: “Fruit of the Pipal Tree,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Science Fiction Novel: The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood
  • Science Fiction Short Story: “Rains of la Strange,” by Robert N Stephenson
  • Horror Novel: No award was presented in this category.
  • Horror Short Story (tie): “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt,” by Paul Haines and “The Short Go: a Future in Eight Seconds,” by Lisa L. Hannett
  • Young Adult Novel: Only Ever Always, by Penni Russon
  • Young Adult Short Story: “Nation of the Night,” by Sue Isle
  • Children’s Fiction (told primarily through words): City of Lies, by Lian Tanner
  • Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures): Sounds Spooky, by Christopher Cheng (author) and Sarah Davis (illustrator)
  • Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel (tie): Hidden, by Mirranda Burton (author and illustrator) and The Deep: Here be Dragons, by Tom Taylor (author) and James Brouwer (illustrator)
  • Anthology: Ghosts by Gaslight, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers
  • Collection: Bluegrass Symphony, by Lisa Hannett
  • Peter NcNamara Convenors Award: Galactic Suburbia podcast – Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Andrew Finch (producer)
  • Kris Hembury Encouragement Award: Emily Craven of Adelaide

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DUFF Seeks Candidates

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from North America to Australia to attend Continuum VIII in Melbourne from June 8-11, 2012. Candidates should contact either David Cake or John Hertz and have three North American nominators and two Australia/New Zealand nominators. Each candidate should also have a 100 word statement and be able to put up a $25 bond. The deadline for declaring candidacies is May 11. Send paper mail to John Hertz at 236 S. Coronado St., No. 409, Los Angeles, CA 90057, U.S.A. or Dave Cake at dave@difference.com.au.