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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Announcing the 2018 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. There were a record number of applications for judging positions this year, giving us the opportunity to share the load more widely and draw in a range of new experiences to our panels. Please welcome this year’s wonderful teams!

CHILDREN’S PANEL
Miffy Farquharson (panel convenor)
Kerry Armstrong
Liz Barr
Mim Crase
Sharon Smith

YA NOVEL PANEL
Caitlin Chisholm (panel convenor)
Alexa Shaw
Andrew Finegan
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Michael Barrett

YA SHORT STORY PANEL
Linda Sengsourinho (panel convenor)
Anna Hepworth
Caitlin Wardle
Elspeth Lamorte
Heidi Kneale

FANTASY NOVEL PANEL
PRK (panel convenor)
Kimberly Chandler
Jake Kalago
Laura Birch
Nathan Phillips

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL PANEL
Cathie Tasker (panel convenor)
Astrid Edwards
Dianne De Bellis
Lorraine Cormack
Simon Petrie

HORROR NOVEL / NOVELLA PANEL
Heather Iveson (panel convenor)
Christine Yunn-Yu Sun
Craig Hildebrand
Eugen Bacon
Hayley Baxter

FANTASY NOVELLA PANEL
Mark Fazackerley (panel convenor)
E E Montgomery
Jennifer Rowland
Rachel Nightingale
Stuart Dunstan

FANTASY SHORT STORY PANEL
Rob Porteous (panel convenor)
Earl Livings
Georgina Ballantine
Paige Belfield
Paula Boer

SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA PANEL
Gene Melzack (panel convenor)
Chloe Townson
Chris Lampard
Natalie Haigh
Zohal Arbabzada

SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY PANEL
Zara Baxter (panel convenor)
Brie Hawthorne
Fergus McCartan
Joanna Kasper
Lindsey Hodder

HORROR SHORT STORY PANEL
Emma Kate (panel convenor)
Glenn George
Holly Harper
Michael Grey
Tom Woodward

ANTHOLOGIES / COLLECTIONS PANEL
Carol Ryles (panel convenor)
Deb Gates
Dorothy-Jane Daniels
Ion Newcombe
Jessica Harvie

ILLUSTRATED WORK / GRAPHIC NOVEL PANEL
Lynne Green (panel convenor)
Jess Howard
Justin Randall
Shel Sweeney
TR Napper

SARA DOUGLASS BOOK SERIES AWARD
Katharine Stubbs
Stephanie Gunn
Tehani Croft

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.

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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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