Awards

2015 West Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award (Tin Duck)

Best WA Professional Short Written Work for “Siri and The Chaos Maker”, published in Clockwork Kisses ed. Liz Gryzb,Ticonderoga Publications, 2014.

2013 Conflux 9 Short Story Competition

Third Prize for “The Silence of Clockwork” subsequently published in the Conflux 9 Convention Programme Book, Canberra, ACT and reprinted in in The Years Best Australian Fantasy and Horror: Vol 4 2013, edited by Liz Gryzb and Talie Helene. Perth WA: Ticonderoga Publications, 2014.

2010 Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction Award:
Third Prize for “Saint Olivia’s Light” later published in Winds of Change, ed. Elizabeth Fitzgerald

Saint Olivia’s Light is a curious tale of the secret life of a leadlight saint, animated in equal measure by an artisan’s blood and the light that illuminates her beautiful image. Again, I think it is the imaginative power displayed by the author in so confidently animating his or her unique protagonist that has won my admiration. The story is richly textured and shows an acute sensibility; the writing is similarly vivid – sometimes searing. It also moves inexorably to a dénouement both well structured and satisfying. A very impressive work, too, and one justified in edging out the many other quality stories for the 3rd place award. (Peter McAllister, Judge’s Report)

2006 Australian Aurealis Award for fantasy:
Honourable Mention for short story, “The Bridal Bier” Published in Eidolon Anthology ed. Jonathan Strahan & Jeremy G. Byrne.

2006 Australian Shadow’s Award for Horror:
Shortlisted for short story, “The Bridal Bier”, Australian Horror Writers’ Association. Shortlist

Carol Ryles’s “The Bridal Bier” (Eidolon I) is a homage to classic horror portrayed in a lyrical Carteresque voice. (Miranda Siemienowicz, Judges Report)

2004 Katharine Susannah Prichard Science Fiction/Fantasy Award:
First Prize for “Escaping Konakona”, later published in Ticonderoga Online (no longer available)

This story is exactly that confident, apparently effortless storytelling. Mixing a number of SF themes with South Sea Island kitsch popular culture we are treated to a cyberpunk tale that would find a place in any SF publication. What made the story most enjoyable for me were the overlays/reverberations of more widely circulating stories. There are echoes here of Jim Carrey in ‘The Truman Show’ as well as a number of stories that have tested the liminal boundary of reality/virtual reality when that which the protagonist desires becomes that which consumes them. I loved it. (Grant Stone, Judge’s Report, 2004)

2004 University of Canberra National Short Story Competition:
Highly Commended for “Billy Jirra and the Drover’s Wife”

2004 Katharine Susannah Prichard Science Fiction/Fantasy Award: Commended for “Wolf Dreams”

This tale reads as a fairy story of old except that the relationship between all characters is a little too modern and the fascination with the wolf charged sexually. (Grant Stone, Judge’s Report)

2003 Katharine Susannah Prichard Science Fiction/Fantasy Award:
Highly Commended for “The Retelling” later published in Fables and Reflections #6 ed. Lily Chrywenstrom

A highly involved historical speculative story of witches and philosophy. A wonderfully descriptive story that I felt was restricted by the word limit. (Russell B Farr, Judge’s Report)

2003 Katharine Susannah Prichard Science Fiction/Fantasy Award: Commended for “Orla’s Freedom”

This story contains a great idea in its setting that should be explored further. The story presented tried to tell too much and was therefore underwritten. By expanding the characters and the world this idea would make a much better novelette or novella. (Russell B Farr, Judge’s Report)

2002 Katharine Susannah Prichard Science Fiction/Fantasy Award: Commended for “Orion’s Womb”

… a lovely feminist rewriting of the story of the constellation of Orion. (Dr Tess Williams, Judge’s Report), later published in Elsewhere: An Anthology of Incredible Places, ed. Michael Barry.

1998 Katharine Susannah Prichard Science Fiction/Fantasy Award:
Highly Commended for “Seas of Change”, later published in Eidolon 29/30 ed. Jeremy G. Byrne

Seas of Change is a thoroughly credible account of the lives of creatures from an utterly non-human alien species. (Professor Van Ikin, Judge’s Report)

2 responses

  1. In the words of the great writers, ‘Wonderful stuff’, I’ll look forward to reading your work. Jeanne Melville