* Best Long Fiction: Madigan Mine, Kirstyn McDermott (Pan MacMillan Australia)
AKA book teetering at the highest point of my to read pile and piling scorn upon me for not reading it yet, with every new accolade it gathers. Yay Kirstyn!
* Best Short Fiction: “Her Gallant Needs”, Paul Haines (Sprawl,Twelfth Planet Press)
As with most Haines stories, I both loved and hated this one in equal measures. Yay for Paul and for Sprawl, a fabulous book.
* Best Artwork: Australis Imaginarium cover, Shaun Tan (FableCroft Publishing)
Nice to see Shaun Tan continue his run of awards, large and small, in 2011… and extra hoorays for Tehani, who commissioned this cover for one of the flagship books of her new press, Fablecroft.
* Best Fan Writer: Alexandra Pierce
* Best Fan Written Work: “Review: The Secret Feminist Cabal by Helen Merrick”, Alexandra Pierce
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Having followed the awards on Twitter, I only just got that Alex in fact took out two awards here. Some of us have known for some time what a smart & committed book reviewer our Random Alex is, and it’s beyond awesome to have her acknowledged by the wider community. And in her home town, no less!
* Best Fan Artwork: Continuum 6 Props, Rachel Holkner
Hooray for Rachel! She has been so committed over the last several years to making interesting fan art in conjunction with the Continuum conventions.
* Best Fan Publication: Live Boxcutters Doctor Who at AussieCon IV, Josh Kinal and John Richards
Congrats to Boxcutters! I am genuinely happy about this – while Galactic Suburbia was nominated in the same category, thanks to being 1/3 Melbournite, and it would have been cool to have awards from two different states after picking up the Tin Duck, the Live Boxcutters event was just such a highlight of Aussiecon, that I am utterly delighted for Josh and John. Being in that audience was exciting and exhilarating, and I’m sad that I will miss their contributions to Continuum’s programming this year.
* Best Achievement: Programming: AussieCon IV, Sue Ann Barber and Grant Watson
Again, losing gracefully here, as the Snapshot was up in this category – and again, it would have been lovely to win for that, though Kathryn’s crazy amounts of work and commitment to running that project (and the rest of us for participating in that high velocity fortnight or so) was already honoured by a trophy at the Ditmars. But it’s awesome to see Sue Ann and Grant honoured for the huge amount of work they had to take on at Aussiecon 4, in many cases at the very last minute, to make that event happen. So hooray.
Hooray for everyone! Hope there were some gorgeous frocks at the ceremony.
And of course don’t forget to check out Conquilt, currently up for auction at ebay, featuring the autographs of nearly 100 authors and illustrators from Aussiecon4.