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CANBERRA writer Kaaron Warren’s novel “The Grief Hole” has been named Best Novel in the 2017 Ditmar Awards for Australian science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing.The front runners, chosen by ballot, were announced at the 56th Australian National Science Fiction Convention “Continuum 13” in Melbourne last weekend.
Other awards also announced on the night, included the Peter McNamara Achievement Award, which went to Rose Mitchell, and the A. Bertram Chandler Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction, which went to Bill Wright.
It’s just one in a long line of awards for Warren, who carried off the 2016 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Story last year for “Mine Intercom”, described by the judges as “a good old fashioned ghost story”.
While she doesn’t shy away from being described as a “horror fiction” writer, Warren told “CityNews” last year, when her fourth novel “The Grief Hole” was launched by Marion Halligan, that she also wrote about serious issues like domestic violence and social questions.
“I believe audiences are looking for a human story,” she said.
The full list of the 2017 Ditmar Awards is as follows:
Best novel, “The Grief Hole” (Kaaron Warren, IFWG)
Best novella or novelette, “‘Did We Break the End of the World?” (Tansy Rayner Roberts in Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet Press)
Best short story, “No Fat Chicks” (Cat Sparks, In Your Face)
Best collected work (tie), “Defying Doomsday” (Tsana Dolichva & Holly Kench, Twelfth Planet Press) and “Dreaming in the Dark” (Jack Dann, PS Publishing)
Best artwork, Shauna O’Meara for illustration of “Lackington’s #12”
Best fan publication, “2016 Australian SF Snapshot” (Greg Chapman, Tehani Croft et al)
Best fan writer, Foz Meadows
Best new talent, Marlee Jane Ward
William Atheling Jr Award for criticism or review, “The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower,” (Kate Forsyth, FableCroft).