The 2009 Ditmar Awards, Australia’s annual SF achievement awards for work produced in 2008, were presented at Conjecture, the 48th Australian national SF convention, June 5-8, 2009 in Adelaide. The winners are:
Novel: Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf).
Novella: “Painlessness”, Kirstyn McDermott (Greatest Uncommon Denominator #2).
Short Story (tie): “The Goosle”, Margo Lanagan (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction & Fantasy); “This Is Not My Story”, Dirk Flinthart (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #37).
Collected Work: Dreaming Again, Jack Dann, ed. (Voyager Australia; Eos).
Best Professional Artwork: Shaun Tan for Tales from Outer Suburbia (Allen & Unwin; Scholastic ’09).
Best New Talent: Felicity Dowker.
William Atheling Jr. Award: Kim Wilkins for “Popular Genres and the Australian Literary Community: The Case of Fantasy Fiction (Journal of Australian Studies).
Peter McNamara Award: Sean Williams.
Best Professional Achievement: Angela Challis, for Black, the Australian Dark Culture Magazine.
Best Fan Publication: Asif! , Alisa Krasnostein & Gene Melzack, eds. (Twelfth Planet Press)
Best Fan Artist: Cat Sparks for Scary Food Cookbook (Agog! Press).
Best Fan Writer: Rob Hood for Undead Backbrain (Twelfth Planet Press).
A. Bertram Chandler Award: Rosaleen Love.