2016 Convenors’ Award for Excellence

Entries are welcomed for the Convenors’ Award for Excellence, which close December 31 2016.

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 award was originally known as the Convenors’ Award for Excellence and was renamed in 2002 after Peter McNamara (d 2004), publisher, editor and the original Aurealis Awards convenor, shortly after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. In 2014, the award guidelines were revised and it was renamed to its original form to avoid confusion with the Peter McNamara Achievement Award presented annually at the National Science Fiction convention.

Entries for the Convenors’ Award for Excellence must be submitted to the Aurealis Awards judging coordinator using the entry form provided by midnight EST, 31 December 2016.


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2016 Aurealis Awards – are your entries in?

2016 is slipping away and there are only TWO months left until entries close for the Aurealis Awards on December 7.
Talk to your publishers, prepare your files, and make sure all Australian work published in 2016 (including that scheduled until December 31) is considered – we’re working hard behind the scenes to try to get all work in, but we’d hate to miss anything!
Remember, entry is free for all short story categories and Children’s work, and submission of electronic files for entries is encouraged in all categories (although print is still welcome).
As always, our grateful thanks to those who have submitted early – it’s much appreciated by our judges!
For more information and to make your entries, go here.unnamed
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2016 Aurealis Awards are open for entries

AA logo2016 Aurealis Awards are now open for entries.

The Aurealis Awards, Australia’s premier awards for Speculative Fiction, are for works of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen, or permanent resident, and published for the first time between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.

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.

Entries close on 07 December 2016, and all entries must be physically received by 31 December 2016. Finalists will be announced early in 2017 and winners announced as part of the Swancon convention in Perth, over Easter 2017. For more information on the awards or for the entry form, visit the Aurealis Awards website at www.aurealisawards.org

For more information contact the Awards convenor, PRK, at aurealisawards@gmail.com or judging coordinator Katharine Stubbs aajudges@gmail.com.

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2015 Aurealis Awards program booklet and panel reports

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Click the link to download a PDF of the 21st Aurealis Awards Ceremony program booklet (March 25, 2016), containing the panel reports for this year.

Thank you to Cat Sparks for her great work on the program!


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Aurealis Awards call for 2016 Judges

Applications are now open for the 2016 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 people who would like to judge for the 2016 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. 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 in one field (which may comprise more than one category), which may consist of several dozen novels and/or more than a hundred short stories 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.

The 2016 ceremony will be held over Easter 2017 in Perth, Western Australia, at Swancon 42. The Awards are now under the auspices of the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation. This may mean we are unable to continue to offer judges complimentary tickets to the ceremony. However, judges will at least be eligible for one discounted ticket to the Awards ceremony.

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 panel)
  • 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, 2016 and December 31, 2016 eligible for entry. Shortlists from each panel will be required by February 2017 (firm dates will be advised), and prospective judges should be aware that this may be an intensive process.

Dates for Judging (to be confirmed):

  • June 2016 – entries open
  • Early December 2016 – entries close
  • December 21 2016 – final entries must be received by judges
  • February 2017 – shortlists and finalists must be decided
  • March/April 2017 – 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 Coordinator Katharine Stubbs at aajudges@gmail.com, by 10 May, 2016. 

  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. A paragraph or two detailing relevant experience and reasons you would like to be a judge for the Awards.
  7. 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.

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The Winners of the 2015 Aurealis Awards


Congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 Aurealis Awards!


A Single Stone, Meg McKinlay (Walker Books Australia) 


The Singing Bones, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin)


“The Miseducation of Mara Lys”, Deborah Kalin (Cherry Crow Children, Twelfth Planet Press) 


“Bullets”, Joanne Anderton (In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep, AHWA)


“The Miseducation of Mara Lys”, Deborah Kalin (Cherry Crow Children, Twelfth Planet Press)


“The Giant’s Lady”, Rowena Cory Daniells (Legends 2, Newcon Press) 


“Defy the Grey Kings”, Jason Fischer (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Firkin Press) 


“All the Wrong Places”, Sean Williams (Meeting Infinity, Solaris)


“By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers”, Garth Nix (Old Venus, Random House)


To Hold the Bridge, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)


Bloodlines, Amanda Pillar (ed.) (Ticonderoga Publications) 


In The Skin of a Monster, Kathryn Barker (Allen & Unwin)


Day Boy,Trent Jamieson (Text Publishing)


Day Boy,Trent Jamieson (Text Publishing)


Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)


The Watergivers [The Last Stormlord (2009), Stormlord Rising (2010), Stormlord’s Exile (2011)], Glenda Larke (HarperVoyager)


Letters to Tiptree, Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)


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Announcement: Aurealis Awards ceremony to livestream to Swancon!

Big news coming upWe’re very pleased to announce that Contact, Swancon and the Aurealis Awards teams have been able to organise a live streaming event for the Aurealis Awards ceremony on Friday 25 March. If you are planning to attend Swancon, you will be able to watch the ceremony LIVE from Brisbane! Please visit the Swancon website for programming times.

If you want to attend the ceremony live in Brisbane, please get in and get your tickets ASAP. It looks like we will have to close off tickets sales early and will NOT be able to sell tickets at the door, due to licencing restrictions at the hotels, so it is imperative that if you want to be at the Awards, you get your ticket this week!


And remember, Contact has special discounted offers for AA attendees who would also like to attend the convention! http://contact2016.com/memberships/ 


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