2022 Aurealis Awards Winners

Silver medallion with Chimaera logo and text reading Aurealis Awards Winner

The Aurealis Awards management team, on behalf of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s Awards. We also take this opportunity to once again thank the judging panels for all their hard work making the difficult decisions of shortlists and the winning works, the CSFG committee for organising the ceremony, and all the creators and publishers who continue to make the Aurealis Awards Australia’s premier speculative fiction award each year.


The Wintrish Girl, Melanie La’Brooy (University of Queensland Press)


“Tastes like Home”, Kiera Lesley (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #86) 


“They Call Me Mother”, Geneve Flynn (Classic Monster Unleashed, Crystal Lake Publishing and Black Spot Books)


“The Icecutter’s Daughter”, Aiki Flinthart (The Art of Being Human, FableCroft Publishing) 


“As Though I Were a Little Sun”, Grace Chan (Fireside Magazine #102)


The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness, Matt Ottley (Dirt Lane Press)


Here be Leviathans, Chris Flynn (University of Queensland Press)


This All Come Back Now, Mykaela Saunders (Ed.) (University of Queensland Press)


“Kookaburra Cruel”, Aaron Dries (Damnation Games, Clan Destine Press)


Winterbloom, Kirstyn McDermott (Brain Jar Press)


Resembling Lepus, Amanda Kool (Grey Matter Press)


Only a Monster, Vanessa Len (Allen & Unwin)


The Stone Road, Trent Jamieson (Erewhon Books)


Path of Thorns, Angela Slatter (Titan Books) 


36 Streets, T R Napper (Titan Books)


The Phantom Never Dies [podcast], Maria Lewis (Nova)

Read what the judges had to say here!


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Aurealis Awards 2023 – Call for Judges

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 2022 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.

It is vital that judges be able to work as part of a team and meet stringent deadlines, including timely recording of scores and comments for each entry (in a confidential shared file), and responding to panel messages and discussions. Most of the panel discussions are conducted via email, with some panels choosing to have a synchronous online meeting to make final decisions.

All judges must be willing and able to read entries in digital format (usually epub but occasionally PDF), which we accept in all categories. 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.

Categories are: 

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

Entries to the awards close in early December, with all work published between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 eligible for entry. Shortlists from each panel will be required by March 2024 (firm dates will be advised), and prospective judges should be aware that this may be an intensive process.

Dates for Judging (to be confirmed):

  • July 2, 2023 – judging applications close
  • July 2023 – entries open
  • Mid December 2023 – entries close
  • December 31 2023 – final entries must be received by judges; Convenors’ Award for Excellence entries close
  • March 2024 – shortlists and finalists must be decided by panels
  • April 2024 – Convenors’ Award for Excellence decided by convenors.
  • 2024 – 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 Sunday 2 July, 2023. 

The judging positions are open to Australian residents only.


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2022 Convenors’ Award for Excellence nominations

Each year we make the eligible nominations received for the annual Convenors’ Award for Excellence public. There are several reasons for this:

  • There is no shortlist announced, so it feels right to recognise the entries;
  • These are items you may not otherwise have come across, so we’d like to make sure you know about them;
  • It may help people figure out what might be eligible in future.

It is very important to note that this list is NOT a shortlist – it is simply a list of the eligible entries we received for the Award this year (please note also that these can be self-nominated). The convenors consider all eligible nominations in deciding the winner, but there is no shortlist generated, and only the winner will be presented at the ceremony.

A reminder what this award is for:

The Convenors’ Award for Excellence is awarded at the discretion of the convenors for a particular achievement in speculative fiction or related areas in that year that cannot otherwise by judged for the Aurealis Awards. 

This award can be given to a work of non-fiction, artwork, film, television, electronic or multimedia work, or one that brings credit or attention to the speculative fiction genres.

The winner of the 2022 Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Awards ceremony in Canberra on Saturday June 3, 2023.

This year’s nominations are:

Eugen Bacon, An Earnest Blackness (Anti-Oedipus Press)

In this debut collection of personal essays, Eugen Bacon offers critical perspectives on blackness, Afrofuturism, colonialism, historicity, and (mis)recognition as she explores the untapped possibilities of speculative fiction. Using a variety of analytic, narrative, and anecdotal techniques, Bacon shares her experiences as an African Australian woman, mother, and writer who occupies a liminal space that is “betwixt” worlds and genres. She also considers work by “other” writers—ranging from Roland Barthes and Jorge Luis Borges to Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Sheree Renée Thomas—in an effort to chart a path towards greater social and cultural truth. Literary, adventurous, and insightful, An Earnest Blackness excavates the world(s) that not only construct contemporary authorship but the fluid nature of identity itself.

Chris Large, Darkendore (Tales, Inc)

A digital branching narrative story, scripting, artwork, sound design and effects that began life as a graphic novel pitch, and came to fruition with Tales, Inc for their Tales: Choose Your Own Story platform. Not long after the final chapter was published in August it rose to the top of the chart on the Tales app and is still in and out of the top 20 stories several months later. Darkendore is blurbed as follows: “You’d think that working as the right hand of Death would bring you some sort of invincibility, but you’re still painfully mortal…and someone (or something) wants you dead.”

Maria Lewis, The Phantom Never Dies podcast (Nova)

Maria Lewis is the presenter, producer, writer and researcher of the audio documentary The Phantom Never Dies. Released by Nova and spanning six episodes, this series brought light to the history of the world’s first superhero – The Phantom – and underlined to an international audience why speculative fiction stories matter, both historically and in the present, and the far reaching impact the genre has had on the world as a whole. Through the awards The Phantom Never Dies has won – AWGIE for Non-Fiction Audio and nominations for Host of the Year at the Radio Today Awards and Best Arts & Culture Program at the Australian Podcast Awards – it has helped to highlight diverse fans and fandoms both behind the scenes in its production and on-air.

Matt Ottley, The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness film (One Tentacle Publishing)

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness is a masterful allegorical tale for the 21st century, weaving together the worlds of literature, music and visual art in the poignant story of one boy’s journey into mental illness. Audiences are offered a mesmerising visual and auditory tour de force about beauty and resilience, society and belief, that at its heart expresses hope for a greater understanding and embracing of difference. The narrative unfolds around the metaphor of a tree growing within the boy, whose flower is ecstasy and whose fruit is sadness. This luminous, multi-faceted work is inspired by the experiences of its award-winning creator, Matt Ottley, who has lived with bipolar disorder all his life and been hospitalised on numerous occasions in mental health facilities. Having personally experienced the prejudices and challenges that come from suffering a mental illness, Matt’s aim is to offer a sensory insight through words, music and images into the experiences of those who suffer from such debilitating illnesses, particularly psychosis. At the heart of the film, created by Ottley, is a 50-minute orchestral composition, written by Matt (with guest composition by Alf Demasi) and performed by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno and tenor Ben Reynolds. Through the film’s “Ken Burns”-like cinematic treatment of Ottley’s large-scale oil and mixed-media and digital paintings, Ottley invites viewers to slow down, reflect, and immerse themselves into a fantastical world of beauty and wonder.

Gillian Polack, Story Matrices: Cultural Encoding and Cultural Baggage in the Worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Luna Press Publishing)

Polack’s study serves an important function in understanding cultural transmission through genre writing. The culture we live in shapes us. We also shape the culture we live in. Stories we tell play critical roles in this shaping. The heart of cultural transmission is how stories and the way we shape knowledge come together and make a novel work. How do they combine within the novel? Genre writing plays a critical role in demonstrating how this transmission functions. Science fiction and fantasy illustrate this through shared traditions and understanding, colonialism, diasporic experiences, own voices, ethics, selective forgetting and silencing. They illuminate ways in which speculative fiction is important for cultural transmission. This study uses cultural encoding and baggage within speculative fiction to decode critical elements of modern English-language culture.

Julia Robinson, Damien Warman & Sean Williams, Nine Lullabies (Myth & Lore Zine)

Julia Robinson is a significant Australian artist who works in a slew of skiffy spaces. For instance, her giant tentacle monster “Beatrice” was recently bought by the Art Gallery of SA.
Her latest highly successful exhibition “The Beckoning Blade“delved deeply into folk horror traditions and imagery beloved by many horror fans. Julia approached Sean Williams to compose a written response. That response took the shape of nine folk horror lullabies, and a ninth lullaby in the form of an hour-long sinister soundscape that premiered during the exhibition. Julia and Sean approached Damien Warman (printer extraordinaire, well known in SF fandom) who hand type set a bespoke chapbook edition of the lullabies that was given away at the launch opening. Those editions are now extremely rare collectors items. After the opening, Julia approached Myth & Lore with a submission of the poems in their printed forms, plus scanned scraperboards of nine of the physical artworks, and the soundscape. This multimedia work was immediately and enthusiastically accepted for publication in the December 2022 issue.

Rowena Specht-Whyte, “Broken in Ways That Look Like Success”: Trish Walker in Marvel’s Jessica Jones (UQ eSpace | University of Queensland Library)

This academic Masters thesis is in the discipline of Communication for Social Change. This thesis argues that storytelling is a way for people to understand their world, and it is through stories that people construct their own narrative and empathise with and understand other viewpoints and experiences. Speculative fiction, referring to fiction placed within the broad genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror, is able to challenge existing hegemonies (Carson, 2003). By placing stories in a context removed from the audience’s constructed reality (for example, in a dystopian future world, or a world with superheroes) the audience is encouraged to abandon their societal expectations and cultural understandings of the real world, allowing that audience to see alternate possibilities. From a perspective of social change, the stories we tell can allow people to comprehend counter-hegemonic discourse. By analysing the representation of Trish Walker (Trish) in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, as well as the audience reaction to Trish’s character arc, this thesis identifies societal misunderstandings of complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), survival and addiction, and provides a way for both society and treating professionals to better recognise the breadth of complex trauma and PTSD.

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Get your tickets here! Aurealis Awards Ceremony

Tickets are now available for the biggest and most fun social event of the Australian spec fic calendar!

Come to Canberra to celebrate our brilliant talent at the Aussie spec fic night of nights, the Aurealis Awards, Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards!


The event – delivered by the current Aurealis Awards overseers, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild (CSFG) – will take place in the Macarthur Room at the Ainslie Football and Social Club (52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie ACT) on Saturday 3 June, 2023, starting from 6:00PM with canapes – ceremony kicks off at 7:00PM.

Join our host CZ Tacks and special keynote speaker Dan O’Malley for an excellent night with creators and fans from around the country!

Tickets are $25.00 each, with discount options available to 2022 Judges and Finalists (please check your email for more information!).

Here are some crucial bits of information for you!


We love to see people frock up for the Awards, but we also love people to feel comfortable in their clothes – wear what makes you feel good! (Please note the dress code for the venue, which interestingly includes no hats…)


Tickets include service of a wonderful range of delicious canapes prior to the ceremony (please let us know any dietary requirements when you book your ticket).

If you would like a full meal, the Limestone Kitchen at the Club opens at 5:00PM, giving you an hour prior to our event kicking off at 6:00PM – you can see the menu and book a table here. The kitchen closes at 8:30PM, well before the Awards ceremony is expected to end, but you can also bring food into the Macarthur Room at the start of the event.


Drinks will be available to purchase from a bar in the Macarthur Room throughout our event. The Club also has an excellent selection of craft beers, wines and spirits at the main bar, which is open until 2:00AM.


There is lots of great accommodation within easy walking distance or a short taxi/uber trip. Prices vary, but there are options – book early to get the best price.


Free onsite parking is available.

If you have any questions about the event, please email Tehani at aajudges@gmail.com.

See you there!

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Save the Date! Saturday June 3, 2023

Save the Date! The 2023 Aurealis Awards ceremony (for the 2022 Awards) is set for Saturday June 3, 2023. The ceremony will be held at the Ainslie Football and Social Club, 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie, ACT. Further details to follow.
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2022 Aurealis Awards Shortlist Announcement

It is with great pleasure the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild presents the 2022 shortlists for the Aurealis Awards.

Our amazing judges have read an enormous number of entered works to bring you these excellent shortlists. It’s always a massive job, and they have devoted significant time to complete it with thoughtful discussion, passion, and integrity. We cannot thank them enough!

Congratulations to all the finalists – there was fantastic competition across the board this year, with more than 800 entries received across the categories. Short story panelists considered nearly 150 individual works, and several long form categories saw over 50 entries each. It was wonderful to see so many entries across the board, with increased numbers in many categories.

We’re delighted to announce the shortlists, and encourage our followers to investigate the finalists to find some great reads! The winners will be celebrated at the Aurealis Awards ceremony in Canberra on Saturday June 3, 2023. More information to follow soon.

NOTE: We do not publish a shortlist for the Convenors’ Award for Excellence. The eligible nominations for this special Award will be shared in a future post, with the winner announced at the ceremony.

2022 Aurealis Awards Shortlists


Nottingham Vol 2: A King’s Ransom, David Hazan (writer), Shane Connery Volk (artist), Luca Romano (colourist), Justin Birch (letterer) (Mad Cave Studios)

Dark Heart #1, Scott Wilson, Katie Houghton-Ward & Justin Randall (Gestalt)

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness, Matt Ottley (Dirt Lane Press) 

Neverlanders, Tom Taylor & Jon Sommariva (Penguin Random House Australia)


The Art of Broken Things, Joanne Anderton (Trepidatio Publishing)

The Fall: Tales From The Gulp 2, Alan Baxter (13th Dragon Books

Everything Feels Like the End of the World, Else Fitzgerald (Allen & Unwin)

Here be Leviathans, Chris Flynn (University of Queensland Press)

Hard Places, Kirstyn McDermott (Trepidatio Publishing)

Team Queen, Tansy Rayner Roberts (self-published)


Queer Weird West Tales, Julie Bozza (Ed.) (LIBRAtiger)

The Art of Being Human, Tehani Croft with Stephanie Lai (Eds.) (FableCroft Publishing)

We are Providence, L E Daniels & Christa Carmen (Eds.) (Weird House Press)

Unlimited Futures, Rafeif Ismail (Ed.) (Fremantle Press)

Clamour and Mischief, Narrelle M Harris (Ed.) (Clan Destine Press)

This All Come Back Now, Mykaela Saunders (Ed.) (University of Queensland Press)


The Wintrish Girl, Melanie La’Brooy (University of Queensland Press) 

Gus and the Starlight, Victoria Carless (HarperCollins Publishers)

The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm, Karen Foxlee, illustrated by Freda Chiu (Allen & Unwin)

The Raven’s Song, Zana Fraillon & Bren MacDibble (Allen & Unwin)

The Goodbye Year, Emily Gale (Text Publishing)

Mars Awakens, H M Waugh (Allen & Unwin)


“Forbidden Voices”, E J Delaney (Cast of Wonders #510)

“Crone and the Girl”, Pamela Jeffs (The Seasonals, Four Ink Press)

“Tastes like Home”, Kiera Lesley (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #86)

“Tornadoes, Grief and Poutine”, Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga (Augur Magazine Issue 5.2)

“Enter Elias Schmidt”, Phoenix Raig (The New Mythic, Precipice Fiction)

“Witchy Ways”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Witchy Ways, self-published)


“Nona Doesn’t Dance” Aaron Dries (Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts, IFWG Publishing Australia)

“Lidless Eyes That See”, Geneve Flynn (From the Wasteland, PS Publishing UK)

“They Call Me Mother”, Geneve Flynn (Classic Monster Unleashed, Crystal Lake Publishing and Black Spot Books

“Dread Circus”, Pamela Jeffs (That is TOO Wrong! An Anthology of Offbeat Horror Vol 2, Black Hart Publishers)

“The Hunt”, Martin Livings (Light Falling From a Long Dead Star, self-published)

“Beach Memories”, Matt Tighe (The NoSleep Podcast, S18E06)


“Rat’s Alley”, Jeff Clulow (From the Wasteland, PS Publishing UK)

“Kookaburra Cruel”, Aaron Dries (Damnation Games, Clan Destine Press)

“Glyphlight”, Matan Elul (The New Mythic, Precipice Fiction)

The New Wife, Kirstyn McDermott (Brain Jar Press)

“Among the Faded Woods”, Faith Mudge (The Art of Being Human, FableCroft Publishing)

“Songs from Dark Annie’s Bower”, Angela Slatter (Gaslight Ghouls: Uneasy Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Belanger Books)


“The Icecutter’s Daughter”, Aiki Flinthart (The Art of Being Human, FableCroft Publishing)

“Ashes”, Tania Fordwalker (Aurealis #151)

“Tastes like Home”, Kiera Lesley (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #86)

“Salon Faerie”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (self-published)

“Beautiful Horizon”, Steve Simpson (The Purpose of Reality: Solar, Meerkat Press)

“The Past Laid Out On The Table”, Matt Tighe (Cast of Wonders 506)


“The Ocean, the Lighthouse Keeper, and the Sunset”, Lee Cope (The Art of Being Human, FableCroft Publishing)

Hovering, Dorothy-Jane Daniels (Luna Press)

“Merry in Time”, Kathleen Jennings (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #352)

Winterbloom, Kirstyn McDermott (Brain Jar Press)

“Among the Faded Woods”, Faith Mudge (The Art of Being Human, FableCroft Publishing)

The Bone Lantern, Angela Slatter (PS Publishing)


“As Though I Were a Little Sun”, Grace Chan (Fireside Magazine #102)

“Death By Water”, Grace Chan (From the Wasteland, PS Publishing UK)

“Fake Plants”, Scott Limbrick (The Furphy Anthology 2022, Hardie Grant)

“Synaesthetics”, Helena O’Connor (Nature)

“Sharing a Meal at the End of the World”, Anya Ow (Haven Speculative Issue Six)

“One Man Army”, Scott Steensma (Aurealis #156)


Resembling Lepus, Amanda Kool (Grey Matter Press)

“The Goruden-Mairu Job”, T R Napper (Night, Rain, and Neon, NewCon Press)

“The Sisters of Saint Nicola of The Almost Perpetual Motion vs the Lurch”, Garth Nix (Tor.com)

Cobalt Blue, Matthew Reilly (Pan Macmillan)


Night Lights, Sarah Epstein (Fourteen Press) 

The Rarkyn’s Familiar, Nikky Lee (Parliament House Press)

Only a Monster, Vanessa Len (Allen & Unwin) 

If You Could See the Sun, Ann Liang (HQ Fiction)

We Who Hunt the Hollow, Kate Murray (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)

League of Liars, Astrid Scholte (Allen & Unwin)


Sallow Bend, Alan Baxter (Cemetery Dance)

Scavengers, Robert Hood (Clan Destine Press)

The Stranger, Kathryn Hore (Allen & Unwin)

The Stone Road, Trent Jamieson (Erewhon Books)

Path of Thorns, Angela Slatter (Titan Books)


The Not So Chosen One, Kate Emery (Text Publishing)

The Stone Road, Trent Jamieson (Erewhon Books)

A Restless Truth, Freya Marske (Tor)

Blitz, Daniel O’Malley (HarperCollins Publishers)

Path of Thorns, Angela Slatter (Titan Books) 

Honour Among Ghosts, Sean Williams (Allen & Unwin)


Hovering, Rhett Davis (Hachette Australia)

The Stranger, Kathryn Hore (Allen & Unwin)

36 Streets, T R Napper (Titan Books)

Here Goes Nothing, Steve Toltz (Hamish Hamilton)

Bootstrap, Georgina Young (Text Publishing)

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2022 Aurealis Awards close in THREE DAYS!

Entries for the 2022 Aurealis Awards close on Wednesday December 14!

It’s essential that ALL works published (or planned for publication) between

1 January 2022 and 31 December 2022

are entered by this deadline.



Enter your Australian speculative fiction work in the Aurealis Awards here.

If you have a publication due out in late December, please enter it NOW.

If publication is delayed into 2023 we can remove it from consideration in this year’s Awards, but we are NOT able to enter carry over work published late in the year into the following year.


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2022 Aurealis Awards are open for entry

We are delighted to announce that the 2022 Aurealis Awards are now open for immediate entry.

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 2022 and 31 December 2022.

We strongly encourage publishers and authors to enter all works published already this year by September 30, 2022, then subsequent publications as they are released; our judges appreciate having time to consider each entry carefully.

Entries for the Aurealis Awards main categories close on December 14, 2022.

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



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 files, although PDF may be provided if no other format is available (particularly for graphic works). Print may also be supplied.

Finalists of all Award categories will be announced early in 2023 and winners announced at a ceremony to take place in the first half of the year. For more information on the Awards or for the entry forms, 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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Announcing the 2022 Judging Panels

We are very pleased to welcome our 2022 Aurealis Awards judging panels. We had a massive response to our call out this year, and are delighted to welcome both returning and new panelists to the team. All our judges are volunteers and we are extremely grateful for their hard work and professionalism throughout the process. The Awards would not exist without them!

Judging Coordinator: Tehani Croft, assisted by Joanne Anderton

Horror Novel
Georgina Banfield
J M Merryt
Glenn George
Celia Pearce
Nathan Phillips (Convenor)

Horror Novella
Jake Corvus (Convenor)
Anna Hepworth
Aimee Murphy
Donella Reed
Yunn-Yu (Christine) Sun

Horror Short Story
Caitlin Chisholm (Convenor)
Charmaine Clancy
Roslyn Phillips
Marija Sijakovska
Christine Titheradhe

Anthologies / Collections
Susan Beasley
Emma Cutting
Alannah Pearson
Mark Phillips
Cathie Tasker (Convenor)

Illustrated Work / Graphic Novel
Eugen Bacon (Convenor)
Sarah Custace
Christopher Marcatili
T R Napper
Lucas Palermo

Fantasy Short Story
Paula Boer (Convenor)
Ben Dominish
Natalie Haigh
Cary Lenehan
Allister Smith
Sarah Swarbrick

Fantasy Novella
Olivia Carter
Deb Gates (Convenor)
Raymond Hodgson
Elizabeth Robinson-Griffith
Rebecca Sutherland

Science Fiction Short Story
Dianne De Bellis (Convenor)
Nick Hartland
Amy Laurens
Mark Lingane
Wen Moore
Darren Nash

Science Fiction Novella
Deborah Brown
Paul Cormack
Irene Davy
Alexandra Pierce (Convenor)
Lynda Young

Fantasy Novel
Finn Barz
Elizabeth Fitzgerald (Convenor)
Stephen Hipkiss
Heidi Kneale
Ruth Lawlor

Science Fiction Novel
Lorraine Cormack
Mark Fazackerley (Convenor)
Marian Foster
Jan-Andrew Henderson
Paul Voermans

Children’s Fiction
Miffy Farquharson (Convenor)
Ky Garvey
Emily Meredith
Mia Macrossan
Bron Swasbrick

Young Adult Novel
Bethany Barrass
Jess Drake
Stephanie Gunn (Convenor)
Martha Itzcovitz
Emilie Morscheck

Young Adult Short Story
Debbie Berger
Jess Gately (Convenor)
Melanie Ifield
Samara Lo
Louise Nice

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2021 Aurealis Awards Ceremony Recording

Thanks so much to the CSFG team (particularly Nathan!) who made this happen. If you missed the ceremony, which took place in person at the Hellenic Club in Canberra in May, and was simulcast online, you can now view it in all its glory.

Huge appreciation to Craig Cormick for his wonderful hosting duties, to all of the people who attended on the night, and those who joined us online for the ceremony – it was an absolute delight. And as always, to our amazing judging teams, for their work each year in what is, I can assure you, a massive and often very challenging job! They are the lifeblood of the Aurealis Awards, and we are so grateful for their time and energy in this space.

You can see the program booklet for the ceremony, including the panel reports, below.

(Please note, this video is unedited, as aired!)

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