Aurealis Awards entries update and reminder!

There is now less than one month until entries close for the 2018 Aurealis Awards. It’s important to remember that ALL eligible Australian work published for the first time between January 1 and December 31, 2018, must be entered by December 7, even work intended for publication after the December 7 cut off date.

Please take care to check the updated entries received list and get your entries in!

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Save the date! Aurealis Awards ceremony in Melbourne!

We’re very excited to announce that the Aurealis Awards ceremony will be held in Melbourne on the evening of Saturday 4 May, 2019. Further details of venue and exact time to be confirmed, but lock it into your calendar!

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Only three days left to enter the SARA DOUGLASS BOOK SERIES AWARD

Entries for the Sara Douglass Book Series Award close on Friday 31 August, 2018. If you or someone you know had an Australian speculative fiction series of at least two books that was considered finished in 2015, 2016 or 2017, make sure it is entered! More information here.

Here is a list of current entries as at 9pm Tuesday 28 August.

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Reminder: Sara Douglass Book Series Award closes August 31

A reminder to ensure all eligible series for the Sara Douglass Book Series Award are entered by August 31, 2018.

Unlike the rest of the main Aurealis Awards categories (which close December 7), the Sara closes in August:

    1. because it only considers series that have already concluded in previous years, and,
    2. to allow the panel time to read the quantity of work entered.

There have already been nearly 30 series submitted, ranging from two books to seven books each, but there are many more we know are eligible!

 

 

Remember, there are NO restrictions on when the series BEGAN, for the Sara, only when it is considered concluded. A series is eligible for the Sara if it is considered CONCLUDED during the eligibility period – this year, that means series ending in 2015, 2016 or 2017. The phrase used – “considered concluded” – is important. The expectation is that publishers and authors have no CURRENT expectation of there being further books in the series. We know sometimes a new book comes out several years later, when inspiration strikes unexpectedly!

The same rules about reprints applies though, as per the other Aurealis Awards categories, that is, if the series was originally published in the 1990s but it was reprinted (eg: as an omnibus) in 2017, that does not mean it is eligible for the Award. The exception would be if a new work was added to the series within the eligibility period of 2015/16/17.

The panel has already begun their reading and the judges are very excited about the quality of the entries so far.

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Aurealis Awards entry update

We’ve just posted an update of entries for the 2018 Aurealis Awards. With fewer than 200 entries across the categories so far, we know we have a fair way to go, and our judges truly appreciate all eligible work being entered as early as possible! See the current list here.

Authors, please check with your publisher to ensure they are entering your work, or make arrangements to submit it yourself – we aim to be as inclusive as possible and absolutely hate to see things left out.

Entries for the Aurealis Awards close December 7, 2018 for all eligible Australian work first published in the 2018 calendar year.

Entries for the SARA DOUGLASS BOOK SERIES AWARD close August 31, 2018.

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2018 Aurealis Awards are open for entry

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1 June 2018

2018 Aurealis Awards now open for entries

2018 Aurealis Awards overseers the Continuum Foundation (ConFound) announces that the 2018 Aurealis Awards are now open for entries.

The Aurealis Awards, Australia’s premier awards for speculative fiction, are for works created by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and published for the first time between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.

Full guidelines and FAQ can be found on the Aurealis Awards website:

https://aurealisawards.org/rules/

https://aurealisawards.org/faq/

We strongly encourage publishers and authors to enter all works published in the first half of the year by August 2018, then subsequent publications as they are released; our judges appreciate having time to consider each entry carefully.

The Aurealis Awards judges welcome electronic entries in all categories, including novels, short stories, novellas, illustrated work / graphic novels, collections, anthologies, children’s and young adult fiction. The Aurealis Awards management team recognises the financial burden of entering multiple works in multiple categories to some authors, editors and publishers at independent small presses. We accept epub and mobi files, although PDF may be provided if no other format is available (particularly for graphic works). Print may also be supplied.

The Sara Douglass Book Series Award, for series ending between 2015-2017, is also being run this year. Entries for this special award close on 31 August, 2018. More information is available at https://aurealisawards.org/the-sara-douglass-book-series-award/

Finalists of all award categories will be announced early in 2019 and winners announced at a ceremony to take place in Melbourne in the first half of the year. For more information on the awards or for the entry form, visit the Aurealis Awards website at https://aurealisawards.org/.

For more information contact the judging coordinator Tehani Croft at aajudges@gmail.com.

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Sara Douglass Book Series Awards open to entries

The judging panel now welcome entries for the 2018 Sara Douglass Book Series Award.

The 2018 Award covers all series ending between January 2015 and December 2017. Please see more information below and on the Sara page.

ABOUT THE AWARD

  • This year, the Sara covers series ending (in original publication) between January 2015 and December 2017. 
  • The current judging year is deliberately excluded. This permits an earlier submissions deadline to allow adequate time for the judges to consider all works entered.
  • Entries close August 31, 2018 (please note this is different to the rest of the Aurealis Awards).

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY

  • For the purpose of the Sara Douglass Book Series Award, a “series” is defined as a continuing ongoing story told through two or more books, which must be considered as ending in one of the years covered by the judging period.
  • This award is to recognise that there are book series that are greater as a whole than the sum of their parts – that is, the judges are looking for a series that tells a story across the series, not one that just uses the same characters/setting across loosely connected books. It is anticipated that shortlisted works will be best enjoyed read in succession, with an arc that begins in the first book and is completed in the last.
  • The series may be in any speculative genre within the extended bounds of science fiction, fantasy or horror (that is, if a book would be considered on an individual basis for one of the novel, or possibly novella, categories in the Aurealis Awards, the series may be considered here).
  • The Sara Douglass Book Series Award does not replace or depose individual books being entered in the usual categories – it is a supplementary Award.
  • As is also the case with the rules for Illustrated Work/Graphic Novel and serialised novels, if a series is considered finished and entered at the conclusion of (for example) book three, but then is continued in future works, the future works *may* be entered as a series at a later point, but the first trilogy (for example), if previously entered in the Series award, may not be considered again. As an example – if the first three books of Sara Douglass’s Wayfarer Redemption series (Battleaxe / Enchanter / Starman) had been entered in the Sara Douglass Book Series Award in the year following the publication of the final book, the subsequent trilogy continuing the story (Sinner / Pilgrim / Crusader) could have been entered in a later year, but the first three could not be considered again as a series of six. However, if the first three books had never been considered for the Sara Douglass Book Series Award, all six could have been entered at the conclusion. Essentially, parts of an extended series may only be considered once for this Award (although as noted, individual books are still eligible for regular Aurealis Awards categories in their year of publication).
  • There is no entry fee for this special Award category, but all books must be supplied to the judging panel by the entrant (publisher or author).

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