2019 Ditmar Award

On Saturday 8 June, the Ditmar Awards were presented at Continuum 15 in Melbourne. I was honoured to receive an award for Best Fan Publication in Any Medium. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me.

This was my acceptance speech:

It turns out it really is third time lucky.

Running the Earl Grey Editing blog involved a steep learning curve and I am very grateful to the people who have helped me along the way. Thanks go to Melissa Hartfiel of Fine Lime Designs for building my website and suggesting the blog in the first place. Lynn O’Connacht was very generous with her time and advice, fielding my sometimes-panicked questions with grace. Becca Lusher helped me navigate the strange world of NetGalley and Shaheen of Speculating on Speculative Fiction had some useful advice on review books.

Thanks to the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild for being my first doorway into the Australian spec-fic community. My writing buddies Rivqa Rafael and Nicky Rowlands get a shout-out for keeping me on track. And thanks to my partner Ian for putting up with the stress, constant deadlines and the giant piles of books around the house.

As many of you know, I have wound up the blog for the time being. So, thank you to everyone who voted for me and allowed me to go out on a high note.

The photo below is of this year’s winners. I admit I’m a little bit astonished to be included among this group of fantastic women, many of whom I look up to.

The photo was taken by Kat Clay, who did a wonderful job of hosting the awards this year with Devin Jeyathurai and wore the most amazing Space Vikings costume for the occasion (and the Maskobolo afterwards).

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