Aurealis Awards Returning to Melbourne

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MEDIA RELEASE – for immediate distribution – 23 May 2018

Aurealis Awards coming back to Melbourne

After almost 15 years, the Aurealis Awards, Australia’s premier awards for speculative fiction, are finally coming back to Melbourne where it all started. The owner of the Aurealis Awards, Chimaera Publications – publishers of the Aurealis magazine and book imprint – have reached agreement for Continuum Foundation Inc (ConFound) to administer the Awards for the next three years.

The Awards’ founder, Dirk Strasser says, “When the Aurealis Awards had its humble beginnings in Melbourne way back in 1995, no one could have imagined they would end up crisscrossing Australia. With Awards ceremonies in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and most recently Perth, they’ve become truly national. We look forward to ConFound building on the work of the other organisations, most recently WASFF, that have run the Awards with enthusiasm and professionalism, and taking the Aurealis Awards to even greater heights.”

CONTINUUM FOUNDATION INC

CHIMAERA PUBLICATIONS

Further information:

aurealisawards@gmail.com

https://aurealisawards.org/

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Aurealis Awards 2018 Call for Judges

Applications are now closed for the 2018 Aurealis Awards judging panels. 

we want you

Please read the following information carefully before submitting your application as we cannot make exceptions to the requirements.

We are seeking expressions of interest from Australian residents who would like to judge for the 2018 Aurealis Awards. Judges are volunteers and are drawn from the Australian speculative fiction community, from diverse professions and backgrounds, including academics, booksellers, librarians, published authors, publishing industry professionals, reviewers and enthusiasts. The only qualification necessary is a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in their chosen category (good time management skills and an ability to work in a team in an online environment are also essential).

All judges must be willing and able to read electronic entries in either mobi or epub format, which we accept in all categories. Graphic Novel entries may also be submitted in PDF. Print is still sometimes sent by entrants but we do not require it.

Panel sizes may vary among categories – and from year to year – depending on the perceived workload required and the availability of judges for a particular category. However, each panel will consist of at least three judges, one of which will be the panel convenor.

Being an Aurealis Awards judge involves reading entries for one panel (which may comprise more than one category). This may consist of several dozen novels and/or more than a hundred short stories / novellas in the process of evaluating the year’s entries. The reading load can become quite heavy at the end of the judging period although we endeavour to obtain works as soon as they are published. Judges may keep their reading copies of entries. Convenors of each panel are also required to participate in the judging of the Convenors’ Award for Excellence, which involves additional consumption of material.

We aim to offer judges complimentary or discounted entry to the annual Awards ceremony for current judges, but this cannot be confirmed at this stage.

Categories are: 

  • Science Fiction Novel
  • Science Fiction Short Story / Novella (two categories judged by one panel)
  • Fantasy Novel
  • Fantasy Short Story / Novella (two categories judged by one panel)
  • Horror Novel / Novella / Horror Short Story (three categories judged by one or two panel, depending on availability of judges)
  • Young Adult Novel / Young Adult Short Story (two categories judged by one panel)
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Collection / Anthology (two categories judged by one panel)
  • Illustrated Book / Graphic Novel

The Aurealis Awards accepts electronic entries in all categories. Judges must be willing to accept and read entries in this format. Willingness and ability to read electronically is an essential aspect of the judging role.

It is vital that judges be able to work as part of a team and meet stringent deadlines. Most of the judges’ discussions are conducted via a private online forum or email.

Entries to the awards close in early December, with all work published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 eligible for entry. Shortlists from each panel will be required by February 2019 (firm dates will be advised), and prospective judges should be aware that this may be an intensive process.

Dates for Judging (to be confirmed):

  • May/June 2018 – entries open
  • Early December 2018 – entries close
  • December 31 2018 – final entries must be received by judges
  • February 2019 – shortlists and finalists must be decided
  • 2019 – Awards ceremony (details to be advised)

All discussions are confidential between the judges in each panel and the judging coordinator and/or the Aurealis Awards management team, as required. The Aurealis Awards judging coordinator will have no input into these decisions except to mediate panel issues.

Judges from previous Aurealis Awards processes are welcome – indeed encouraged – to re-apply. But, in the interests of transparency and impartiality, no one may judge the same category for more than two consecutive years, and a break of two consecutive years is required before a judge can reapply to be a judge in that particular category again.

Please complete the form below by 22 April, 2018. 

The judging positions are open to Australian residents only.

 

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2017 Aurealis Awards Winners

The Aurealis Awards management team, on behalf of the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation, would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s Awards. We also take this opportunity to thank the judging panels for all their hard work making the difficult decisions of shortlists and the winning works, the Swancon organising team for accommodating our High Tea ceremony event, and all the publishers and creators who continue to make the Aurealis Awards Australia’s premier speculative fiction award each year.

The winners of the 2017 Aurealis Awards are:

BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION

Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia)

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL / ILLUSTRATED WORK

Changing Ways book 3, Justin Randall (Gestalt) 

BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY

Girl Reporter, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Book Smugglers)

BEST HORROR SHORT STORY

“Old Growth”, J Ashley Smith (SQ Mag 31, IFWG Publishing Australia) 

BEST HORROR NOVELLA

“The Stairwell”, Chris Mason (Below The Stairs – Tales from the Cellar, Things In The Well)

BEST FANTASY SHORT STORY

“The Curse is Come Upon Me, Cried”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Please Look After This Angel & Other Winged Stories, self-published) 

BEST FANTASY NOVELLA

In Shadows We Fall, Devin Madson (self-published) 

BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY

“Conversations with an Armoury”, Garth Nix (Infinity Wars, Solaris) 

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA

Girl Reporter, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Book Smugglers) 

BEST COLLECTION

The Silver Well, Kate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins (Ticonderoga Publications)

BEST ANTHOLOGY

Infinity Wars, Jonathan Strahan (ed.) (Rebellion/Solaris)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

In The Dark Spaces, Cally Black (Hardie Grant Egmont) 

BEST HORROR NOVEL

Soon, Lois Murphy (Transit Lounge)

BEST FANTASY NOVEL

Godsgrave, Jay Kristoff (HarperCollins Publishers)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

From the Wreck, Jane Rawson (Transit Lounge) 

CONVENORS’ AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

The Fictional Mother, Tansy Rayner Roberts (self-published)

Congratulations again to the winners. A full list of finalists for this year’s Awards is available here.

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Aurealis Awards ceremony live stream

Tune in on Saturday, 31 March, 2018 at 2.45pm Perth time (5.45pm AEDT) to our Facebook page to see the 2017 Aurealis Awards ceremony live stream. We can’t guarantee technical perfection, but it should be fun anyway! Frock up, grab a sparkly, post your photos with the hashtage #AurealisAwards and tag us while you watch and celebrate with our winners!

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Final Day for Aurealis Awards Ceremony Tickets!

Today is the final day to get your tickets to the Aurealis Awards Ceremony High Tea event taking place this Saturday in Perth. Tickets will NOT be available at the door and no entry will be given without a paid ticket to the ceremony.

The 2017 Aurealis Awards ceremony will be held in Perth as part of Swancon, and will take part during the course of ticketed High Tea at the Pan Pacific Perth.

Please note that due to catering, we are unable to sell tickets after today.

Time: 2.00pm

Date: Saturday 31 March, 2018

Venue: Meeting Room 5, Pan Pacific Perth, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA.

Cost: $30.00

To book your ticket, please use the link below.

https://www.trybooking.com/UJLE

Please note, Swancon membership is not mandatory to attend the ceremony as this is a separately ticketed event. However, only Aurealis Awards ticket holders may attend the ceremony – attendance of this event is NOT included as part of Swancon membership.

Don’t miss out!

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Reminder: Aurealis Awards tickets are limited!

The 2017 Aurealis Awards ceremony will be held in Perth as part of Swancon, and will take part during the course of ticketed High Tea at the Pan Pacific Perth.

Ticket sales close MONDAY 26 MARCH. Please note that due to catering, we are unable to sell tickets past this date.

Tickets will NOT be available at the door and no entry will be given without a paid ticket to the ceremony.

Time: 2.00pm

Date: Saturday 31 March, 2018

Venue: Meeting Room 5, Pan Pacific Perth, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA.

Cost: $30.00

To book your ticket, please use the link below.

https://www.trybooking.com/UJLE

Please note, Swancon membership is not mandatory to attend the ceremony as this is a separately ticketed event. However, only Aurealis Awards ticket holders may attend the ceremony – attendance of this event is NOT included as part of Swancon membership.

If you purchase a ticket to attend the Aurealis Awards ceremony, you are also eligible for discounted membership for the Swancon convention. Please see the following details for information about attending Swancon.

Guests attending the Aurealis Awards ceremony can receive a discount on their Swancon membership by entering the coupon code AAattendee when they begin to register for a Swancon membership, using the ‘Register Now’ button at www.swancon.com.au. The coupon code will give a discount on either a Saturday membership or a full convention membership, for both full and concession prices. Swancon has programmed a full day of writers’ workshops and panels on Saturday, to complement the Aurealis Awards.
If you have queries relating to ticketing, please contact aajudges@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you on Easter Saturday for the Awards presentation!
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2017 Aurealis Awards Ceremony information

The 2017 Aurealis Awards ceremony will be held in Perth as part of Swancon, and will take part during the course of ticketed High Tea at the Pan Pacific Perth.

Time: 2.00pm

Date: Saturday 31 March, 2018

Venue: Meeting Room 5, Pan Pacific Perth, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA.

Cost: $30.00

Please note, Swancon membership is not mandatory to attend the ceremony as this is a separately ticketed event. However, only Aurealis Awards ticket holders may attend the ceremony – attendance of this event is NOT included as part of Swancon membership. 

To book your ticket, please use the link below.

https://www.trybooking.com/UJLE

If you purchase a ticket to attend the Aurealis Awards ceremony, you are also eligible for discounted membership for the Swancon convention. Please see the following details for information about attending Swancon.
Guests attending the Aurealis Awards ceremony can receive a discount on their Swancon membership by entering the coupon code AAattendee when they begin to register for a Swancon membership, using the ‘Register Now’ button at www.swancon.com.au. The coupon code will give a discount on either a Saturday membership or a full convention membership, for both full and concession prices. Swancon has programmed a full day of writers’ workshops and panels on Saturday, to complement the Aurealis Awards.
If you have queries relating to ticketing, please contact aajudges@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you on Easter Saturday for the Awards presentation!
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