Tin Ducks – stuff I done last year!

Apparently it’s time for Tin Duck nominations again! 

From the Swancon 2010 website:

Nominations are now open for the 2010 Tin Duck Awards, the annual Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF) Achievement Awards for WA writers and artists. The awards will be presented at Swancon 2010.

Works eligible to be nominated must have been "published" (be it written work, art or any form of performing art or convention running) in the 2009 calendar year, and must not have been voted upon in any previous Tin Duck Award. Works will be validated by the Tin Duck Awards Committee, and may be moved to a different category than nominated for if deemed necessary. Any works nominated without a category may be deemed invalid by the Awards Committee. Nominations may be subject to short-listing if necessary in categories with large number of nominations.

Multiple nominations may be submitted for any category. Nominations must be received no later than midnight 22th February 2010, and can be submitted by emailing tinducks-2010@swancon.com.au or snail-mail it to:


Tin Ducks Awards Committee
Swancon 2010
GPO Box G429
Perth WA 6948

The award categories are:

  • Best WA Professional Long Written Work
  • Best WA Professional Short Written Work
  • Best WA Professional Art Work
  • Best WA Professional Production (any medium)
  • Best WA Unpaid or Fan Written Work
  • Best WA Unpaid or Fan Art Work
  • Best WA Unpaid or Fan Production

New Ceres Nights (shortlisted for the Best Anthology category of the Aurealis Awards) is eligible for Best Professional Production.

Sue Isle’s stories "Candle to the Devil" (New Ceres Nights) and "Paper Dragons" (Shiny #5, recently shortlisted for the YA Short Story category of the Aurealis Awards) are eligible for Best Short Written Work.

Also from New Ceres Nights:


"Fair Trade" — Stephen Dedman (
Best Short Written Work).
"Blessed Are the Dead That the Rain Falls Upon" — Martin Livings (Best Short Written Work)
"Smuggler’s Moon" — Lee Battersby
(Best Short Written Work).
(Unable to get clarification on whether works over 7500 words – such as Martin’s story – should be classed as Long Work – I thought that meant novel, but could be wrong!) ETA: Clarification received – Long Work will probably only mean work over 17500 words, so none of these 🙂

Given the amount of reviews I’ve been writing, please consider ASif! for Best Unpaid or Fan Production.

And it’s possible that I could be eligible for Best Unpaid or Fan Written Work (for a body of reviews – search Wessely on ASif! if you like 🙂 ).

I’d also like to suggest that Amanda Rainey is eligible for the Best Unpaid or Fan Art Work for her DESIGN of the Siren Beat/Roadkill TPP double novella cover (that’s right, she did that gorgeous design for free!).

And the launch of New Ceres Nights at Swancon last year, with coffee, cupcakes and gorgeous costumes is eligible for Best Unpaid or Fan Production.


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2 responses to “Tin Ducks – stuff I done last year!

  1. Anonymous

    I’d suggest that, if you’re going to nominate the Siren/Roadkill design, it should be under the professional category, as it was a pro work (as opposed to a fan work).
    As far as I’m aware it’s the publication category that defines the nomination, not how much the artist got paid – we don’t have a cut off for writer payments in pro and semi pro pubs, for example, and there’s no particular reason I can see that the same rules should apply to the other contributers to the pub.

    • Anonymous

      I asked for clarification, and have just received the reply that it’s pending. Another person has asked to be considered as unpaid even though the publication was pro as they didn’t receive payment. Waiting to find out now…

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