Judges

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.

Judges are volunteers and are drawn from the speculative fiction community; from diverse professions and backgrounds, and may include 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.

Being an Aurealis Awards judge involves reading entries in a single category, which may comprise several dozen novels and/or more than a hundred short stories in the process of evaluating the year’s entries. Judges may keep their reading copies of entries.

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 an online forum or email.

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 unless a panel of judges is unable to reach a consensus.

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.

When judging application numbers make it possible, we split categories across multiple judging panels, for example, one for novels and one for short stories in a particular genre. Categories with traditionally small entry figures may be combined.

All judges for the Aurealis Awards will accept works electronically and will each nominate their preferred electronic file format. We strongly encourage submission of files in epub and mobi formats, although print, or rtf, doc and pdf files may be accepted.

The winner of the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be reached by a consensus of the convenors of each of the judging panels.

Aurealis Awards finalists and winners in each category are selected by our judges.


2019 Judging Panels

Judging Coordinator: Tehani Croft 

CHILDREN’S FICTION PANEL
Liz Barr (panel convenor)
Andrew Finegan
Mia Macrossan
Nicole Murphy
Sharon Smith
YOUNG ADULT PANEL
Mim Crase
Miffy Farquharson (panel convenor)
Nicole Gosling
Karen Seeneevassen
Alexa Shaw
FANTASY NOVEL PANEL
Deb Gates
Stephanie Gunn (panel convenor)
PRK
Elspeth LaMorte
Chloe Townson
SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL PANEL
Lorraine Cormack
Edie-Brie (Brie) Hawthorne
Jessica Gately
Robert O’Connor
Cathie Tasker (panel convenor)
HORROR PANEL
Blake Curran
Dianne De Bellis (panel convenor)
Sonia Menso
Nathan Phillips
Christine Yunn-Yu Sun
FANTASY NOVELLA PANEL
Christine Armstrong
Rachel Cramp
Rick Keuning
Jennifer Rowland
Linda Sengsourinho (panel convenor)
SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA PANEL
Georgina Ballantine
Mark Fazackerley (panel convenor)
Natalie Haigh
Dr David Reiter
FANTASY SHORT STORY PANEL
Jess Drake
Heidi Kneale
Fergus McCartan (panel convenor)
Marian Stone
Lynda Young
SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY PANEL
Paula Boer
Sam Kiss
Annette McQuarrie
Rob Porteous (panel convenor)
Thomas Wilson
ANTHOLOGIES / COLLECTIONS PANEL
Eugen Bacon
Tehani Croft
Belle McQuattie (panel convenor)
Tansy Rayner Roberts
ILLUSTRATED WORK / GRAPHIC NOVEL PANEL
Anna Hepworth
Heather Iveson (panel convenor)
Joanna Kasper
T R Napper