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:
- because it only considers series that have already concluded in previous years, and,
- 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.