Aurealis Awards entries closing soon!

There are only a couple of weeks left until entries close for the 2017 Aurealis Awards. All eligible work published between January 1 and December 31, 2017 must be entered by December 7, 2017 to be considered.

We’ve just updated our entries list and encourage creators and publishers to check the list carefully and be sure to get your entries in!

Remember, the Awards are for all Australian work published for the first time in 2017, anywhere in the world. We consider work made available on Patreon and author websites, digital-only material, and any traditional media, as “published” for the purposes of the Awards. We do, however, make some allowances for serialised material. Please see our Rules and FAQ for more information, or email the Awards coordinator for more information.


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Aurealis Awards entry list update

We have had loads of new entries since our last update. Please take a look at the new list and if your 2017 publications are not on it, get them in!


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An important update to our 2017 team

We are sad to notify that our wonderful judging co-coordinator Katharine Stubbs has decided to step down from her role this year. Katharine has been an absolute powerhouse for the Awards, as a judge and behind the scenes for several years before stepping up to take on coordinator duties. We can’t thank her enough for her service to the Awards, and look forward to having her back on board in some capacity in the future.

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Current entry list for 2017 Aurealis Awards

We’ve just posted an update of entries for the 2017 Aurealis Awards. With just over 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 close December 7, 2017 for all eligible Australian work first published in the 2017 calendar year.

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2017 Aurealis Awards are open for entry


2017 Aurealis Awards overseers, the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF), announces that the 2017 Aurealis Awards are now open for entries.

The Aurealis Awards, Australia’s premier awards for speculative fiction, are for works of speculative fiction created by an Australian citizen, or permanent resident, and published for the first time between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. Categories include Children’s, Young Adult, Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work, Anthologies, Collections, Novels, Short Stories and Novellas.

2017 Aurealis Awards convenor, PRK, says “As Australia’s only juried speculative fiction awards, we believe the Aurealis Awards have an important place in fostering an appreciation of the genre in Australia.”

We strongly encourage publishers and authors to enter all works published in the first half of the year immediately, and all new works as soon after publication as possible,” says judging co-coordinator Tehani Croft. “Our judging teams appreciate having time to consider each entry carefully. It’s a huge job!”

Entries close on 07 December 2017, and all entries must be physically received by 31 December 2017. Finalists will be announced early in 2018 and winners announced at a special presentation evening to be announced later this year. For more information on the awards or to register your entry, visit the Aurealis Awards website at

For more information contact the Awards convenor, PRK, at or judging co-coordinators Katharine Stubbs and Tehani Croft at

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Announcing the 2017 Aurealis Awards Judging Panels

Every year, we are fortunate that people from all over Australia volunteer their time and expertise to judge for the Aurealis Awards. They are amazing, they work extremely hard, and each year bring you the best of the best Australian spec fic has to offer. Please welcome this year’s wonderful teams!

We will be posting their bios on the Judges page of the website very soon, so you can get to know them a little better.


Kerry Armstrong

Miffy Farquharson (panel convenor)

Caitlin Chisholm

Sharon Smith

YOUNG ADULT PANEL (two categories)

Laura Birch

Nicole Gosling

Jessica Harvie

Belle McQuattie (panel convenor)

Kirsten Reim


Yvonne L Barrett

Astrid Edwards

Deb Gates

Russell Kirkpatrick (panel convenor)

Ali MacGregor


Nola Cavallaro

Stephanie Gunn (panel convenor)

Chris Lampard

Bethwyn Marshall

Carol Ryles


Paige Belfield

Matthew R. Davis (panel convenor)

Tom Woodward

Christine Yunn-Yu Sun


Paula Boer

Maureen Flynn

Rob Porteous (panel convenor)

Andrei Seleznev

Shel Sweeney


Imogen Cassidy

Mark Fazackerley

Anna Hepworth

Fergus McCartan

Gene Melzack (panel convenor)


Holly Harper

Talitha Kalago

Emma Kate (panel convenor)

Durand Welsh


Lorraine Cormack

Abigail Nathan

Jenna O’Connell

Cathie Tasker (panel convenor)


Lyn Battersby (panel convenor)

Kimberley Gaal

Emilly McLeay

Jacqueline Wheadon

Cassandra White

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Aurealis Awards call for 2017 judges

Applications are now open for the 2017 Aurealis Awards judging panels. 

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 2017 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 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 no longer 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.

The Awards are currently under the auspices of the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation. 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, 2017 and December 31, 2017 eligible for entry. Shortlists from each panel will be required by February 2018 (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 2017 – entries open
  • Early December 2017 – entries close
  • December 21 2017 – final entries must be received by judges
  • February 2018 – shortlists and finalists must be decided
  • March/April 2018 – 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 provide the following information to Judging Coordinators Tehani Croft and Katharine Stubbs at, by 7 May, 2017. 

  1. Name
  2. Postal Address
  3. Email Address 
  4. Telephone number
  5. Preferred judging categories (please provide at least three options, in order of preference).
  6. Willing to act as a panel convenor (Y/N).
  7. A paragraph or two detailing relevant experience and reasons you would like to be a judge for the Awards.
  8. Preferred e-file format – all judges must nominate either mobi (for Kindle) or ePub (with the understanding that files may also be occasionally received in print, PDF or rtf).

The judging positions are open to Australian residents only.

we want you

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