Awards & Nominations

Following is a list of writing and editing awards and nominations my work, or books including my work, have received.

1996 – Winner: Origins Award for Best Game-Related Fiction

The Origins Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design at the Origins Game Fair for outstanding work in the game industry.

Awarded to: The Cthulhu Cycle (Chaosium), Editor: Robert M. Price. Authors: Donald R. Burleson, Leonard Carpenter, Pierre Comtois, August W. Derleth, Lord Dunsany, Alan Dean Foster, C. J. Henderson, M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, Will Murray, Steven Paulsen, David C. Smith.

1996 – Winner: William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism

The William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review is awarded annually by the members of the Australian National Science Fiction Convention and is presented along with the Ditmar Awards. The awarded is named in honour of Golden Age SF writer James Blish who used the “William Atheling Jr.” pen name for his own critical writing.

Awarded to: “The Hunt for Australian Horror Fiction” by Bill Congreve, Sean McMullen & Steven Paulsen, The Scream Factory #16.

1997 – Runner-Up: The Ditmar Award for Best Australian Short Fiction

The Ditmar Award (Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award) is awarded annually at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention to recognise achievement in Australian science fiction.

Runner-Up: The Stray Cat (Lothian) by Steven Paulsen.

Winner: “The Sword of God” – Russell Blackford.

1998 – Winner: William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism

The William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review is awarded annually by the members of the Australian National Science Fiction Convention and is presented along with the Ditmar Awards. The awarded is named in honour of Golden Age SF writer James Blish who used the “William Atheling Jr.” pen-name for his own critical writing.

Awarded to: “Australian Fantasy” by Sean McMullen & Steven Paulsen, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy.

1998 – Finalist: Aurealis Convenors’ Award for Excellence

The Aurealis Awards are selected annually in a number a categories across the speculative fiction category. The encyclopaedia was nominated for the prestigious convenors’ award, and although we were unsuccessful I am delighted the award went to the multi-talented Shaun Tan.

Finalist for: The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Awarded to: Shaun Tan for his artwork in The Rabbits, (Lothian) by John Marsden.

1999 – Nominee and kind of Winner: William Atheling Jr. Award

This was a strange year for me at the William Atheling Jr. Award. I was nominated for my contributions to the The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, but the winner was Paul Collins for the very same book… Paul was the editor, but I was the assistant editor (along with Sean McMullen) and the primary contributor so I kind of won anyway. But not really…

Nominee for: Contributions to the The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Awarded to: The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Paul Collins (Assistant Editors: Sean McMullen and Steven Paulsen).

1999 – Winner: World Fantasy Award – Best Anthology

The World Fantasy Awards are awarded annually at the World Fantasy Convention for outstanding achievement by writers, editors and artists working in the field. According to wikipedia the world fantasy award is “considered among the most prestigious in the speculative fiction genre”.

Awarded to: Dreaming Down-Under, Edited by Jack Dann and Janeen Webb (HarperCollins Australia/Voyager). Authors: Sean Williams, Cherry Wilder, Cecily Scutt,Russell Blackford, Lucy Sussex, Damien Broderick, Stephen Dedman, Paul Collins, Tess Williams, David Lake, Paul Brandon, Rowena Cory Lindquist, Rosaleen Love, Norman Talbot, Steven Paulsen, Andrew Enstice, Wynne Whiteford, Jane Routley, Terry Dowling, Aaron Stevens, Kerry Greenwood, George Turner, Isobelle Carmody, Chris Lawson, Sara Douglass, Rosaleen Love, Robert Hood, Sean McMullen, Ian Nichols, Simon Brown.

1999 – Winner: Ditmar Award – Best Anthology

The Ditmar Award (Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award) is awarded annually at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention to recognise achievement in Australian science fiction.

Awarded to: Dreaming Down-Under, Edited by Jack Dann and Janeen Webb (HarperCollins Australia/Voyager). Authors: Sean Williams, Cherry Wilder, Cecily Scutt,Russell Blackford, Lucy Sussex, Damien Broderick, Stephen Dedman, Paul Collins, Tess Williams, David Lake, Paul Brandon, Rowena Cory Lindquist, Rosaleen Love, Norman Talbot, Steven Paulsen, Andrew Enstice, Wynne Whiteford, Jane Routley, Terry Dowling, Aaron Stevens, Kerry Greenwood, George Turner, Isobelle Carmody, Chris Lawson, Sara Douglass, Rosaleen Love, Robert Hood, Sean McMullen, Ian Nichols, Simon Brown.

2000 – Nominee: William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism

The William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review is awarded annually by the members of the Australian National Science Fiction Convention and is presented along with the Ditmar Awards. The award is named in honour of Golden Age SF writer James Blish who used the “William Atheling Jr.” pen-name for his own critical writing.

Nominated for: The Coode St Review of Science Fiction, edited by Jonathan Strahan and Steven Paulsen.