ANNOUNCEMENT: 2015 Aurealis Awards Shortlists

wasflogo2015 Aurealis Awards finalists announced

The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF), organisers of the 2015 Aurealis Awards, are delighted to announce the finalists for the Awards.

Awards Convenor P.R. Khangure said WASFF was pleased to be part of the evolving Aurealis Awards structure. “The introduction of three new categories, for novella length fiction (7,500-40,000 words) in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror categories, reflects a growth in this length of story. The number of entries in the Sara Douglass Book Series Award, operated for the first time this year, was also fantastic. I’m proud to have been part of the organising team that introduced these new categories for the Awards.

“We are gratified to see that publishing models of all types and sizes are well represented in the shortlists, reflecting the general entry trend.

Judging Coordinator Tehani Wessely said that with over 750 entries across the fifteen categories, and nearly 200 books across 55 series in the inaugural Sara Douglass Book Series Award, the judges had a hugely challenging job.

“As is always the case, the judges agreed that entries were of a very high standard and the final decisions were subject to much debate among the panellists. The competition becomes stronger every year. We would like to thank all the judges for their time and effort judging of these awards.”

Winners of the 2015 Aurealis Awards, the Sara Douglass Book Series Award, and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony, on the evening of Friday 25 March, 2016 as part of the Contact national convention at the Hotel Jen, Brisbane. Details of the evening and a link to the online booking website are available at

2015 Aurealis Awards – Finalists


A Week Without Tuesday, Angelica Banks (Allen & Unwin)

The Cut-Out, Jack Heath (Allen & Unwin)

A Single Stone, Meg McKinlay (Walker Books Australia)

Bella and the Wandering House, Meg McKinlay (Fremantle Press)

The Mapmaker Chronicles: Prisoner of the Black Hawk, A.L. Tait (Hachette Australia)


The Undertaker Morton Stone Vol.1, Gary Chaloner, Ben Templesmith, and Ashley Wood (Gestalt)

The Diemenois, Jamie Clennett (Hunter Publishers)

Unmasked Vol.1: Going Straight is No Way to Die, Christian Read (Gestalt)

The Singing Bones, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin)

Fly the Colour Fantastica, various authors (Veriko Operative)


“In Sheep’s Clothing”, Kimberly Gaal (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #61)

“The Nexus Tree”, Kimberly Gaal (The Never Never Land, CSFG)

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

“The Heart of the Labyrinth”, DK Mok (In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett, Sorin Suciu)

“Blueblood”, Faith Mudge (Hear Me Roar, Ticonderoga Publications)

Welcome to Orphancorp, Marlee Jane Ward (Seizure)


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

“Consorting with Filth”, Lisa L Hannett (Blurring the Line, Cohesion Press)

“Heirloom Pieces”, Lisa L Hannett (Apex Magazine, Apex Publications)

“The Briskwater Mare”, Deborah Kalin (Cherry Crow Children, Twelfth Planet Press)

“Breaking Windows”, Tracie McBride (Aurealis #84)

“Self, Contained”, Kirstyn McDermott (The Dark, TDM Press)


“Night Shift”, Dirk Flinthart (Striking Fire, FableCroft Publishing)

“The Cherry Crow Children of Haverny Wood”, Deborah Kalin (Cherry Crow Children, Twelfth Planet Press)

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

“Wages of Honey”, Deborah Kalin (Cherry Crow Children, Twelfth Planet Press)

“Sleepless”, Jay Kristoff (Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, Penguin)

“Ripper”, Angela Slatter (Horrorology, Jo Fletcher Books)


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

“The Jellyfish Collector”, Michelle Goldsmith (Review of Australian Fiction Vol. 13 Issue 6)

“A Shot of Salt Water”, Lisa L Hannett (The Dark, TDM Press)

“Almost Days”, DK Mok (Insert Title Here, FableCroft Publishing)

“Blueblood”, Faith Mudge (Hear Me Roar, Ticonderoga Publications)

“Husk and Sheaf”, Suzanne Willis (SQ Mag 22, IFWG Publishing Australia)


“Lodloc and The Bear”, Steve Cameron (Dimension6, coeur de lion)

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

“Broken Glass”, Stephanie Gunn (Hear Me Roar, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Flowers that Bloom Where Blood Touches the Earth”, Stephanie Gunn (Bloodlines, Ticonderoga Publications)

“Haunting Matilda”, Dmetri Kakmi (Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, Horror Australis)

“Of Sorrow and Such”, Angela Slatter (


“2B”, Joanne Anderton (Insert Title Here, Fablecroft)

“The Marriage of the Corn King”, Claire McKenna (Cosmos)

“Alchemy and Ice”, Charlotte Nash (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #61)

“Witnessing”, Kaaron Warren (The Canary Press Story Magazine #6)

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


“Blood and Ink”, Jack Bridges, Prizm Books

“The Molenstraat Music Festival”, Sean Monaghan (Asimov’s Science Fiction)

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


The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, Shane Jiraiya Cummings (Brimstone Press)

Striking Fire, Dirk Flinthart (FableCroft Publishing)

Cherry Crow Children, Deborah Kalin (Twelfth Planet Press)

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

The Fading, Carole Nomarhas (self-published)

The Finest Ass in the Universe, Anna Tambour (Ticonderoga Publications)


Hear Me Roar, Liz Grzyb (ed.) (Ticonderoga Publications)

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (eds.) (Ticonderoga Publications)

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

Meeting Infinity, Jonathan Strahan (ed.), (Solaris)

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9, Jonathan Strahan (ed.) (Solaris)

Focus 2014: highlights of Australian short fiction, Tehani Wessely (ed.) (FableCroft Publishing)


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

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins)

The Fire Sermon, Francesca Haig (HarperVoyager)

Day Boy,Trent Jamieson (Text Publishing)

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

The Hush, Skye Melki-Wagner (Penguin Random House Australia)


No Shortlist Released


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

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins)

Day Boy,Trent Jamieson (Text Publishing)

The Dagger’s Path, Glenda Larke (Hachette Australia)

Tower Of Thorns, Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Skin, Ilka Tampke (Text Publishing)


Crossed, Evelyn Blackwell (self-published)

Clade, James Bradley (Penguin)

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

Their Fractured Light, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin)

Renegade, Joel Shepherd (Kindle Direct)

Twinmaker: Fall, Sean Williams (Allen & Unwin)


The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin [The King’s Bastard (2010), The Uncrowned King (2010), The Usurper (2010), The King’s Man (2012), King Breaker (2013)], Rowena Cory Daniells (Solaris Press)

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

The Lumatere Chronicles [Finnikin of the Rock (2008), Froi of the Exiles (2011), Quintana of Charyn (2012)], Melina Marchetta (Penguin Random House)

Sevenwaters [Daughter of the Forest (2000), Son of the Shadows (2001), Child of the Prophecy (2002), Heir to Sevenwaters (2009), Seer of Sevenwaters (2011), Flame of Sevenwaters (2013)], Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)

The Laws of Magic [Blaze Of Glory (2007), Heart Of Gold (2007), Word Of Honour (2008),  Time Of Trial (2009), Moment Of Truth (2010), Hour Of Need (2011)], Michael Pryor (Random House Australia)

Creature Court [Power and Majesty (2010), Shattered City (2011), Reign of Beasts (2012)], Tansy Rayner Roberts (HarperVoyager)


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Exciting Announcement: three new categories for the Aurealis Awards!

announcementWith the ongoing growth of entries in the Aurealis Awards, we are delighted to announce that we are trialing three new categories for fiction. This year, the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror short story panelists have judged short work (up to 40,000 words) in two categories. These will be presented as Short Story (1-7,499 words) and Novella (7,500 to 40,000 words) in SF, F and H.

Introducing the new categories means the Awards can recognise more great stories, and with more long-form stories being published each year, we think this is a good thing.
The Novella shortlists for work published in 2015 will be announced next week with the rest of the Aurealis Awards shortlists. The Aurealis Awards organising team would like to thank both the judging panels and the publishers and authors for their support in the past few months as we work on introducing these new categories.
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2015 Convenors’ Award for Excellence Entries

AA logoLast year was the first time we publicly announced the nominees for the Convenors’ Award for Excellence. However, we feel it is now appropriate to make these nominations public, mostly because they are great things you may not otherwise have come across, so we’d like to make sure you know about them, but also to help people figure out what might be eligible in future.

It is very important to note that this list is NOT a shortlist – it is simply a list of the eligible nominations we received for the Award this year. The convenors will consider all eligible entries, but there is no shortlist generated, and only the winner will be presented at the ceremony.

A reminder what this award is for:

The Convenors’ Award for Excellence is awarded at the discretion of the convenors for a particular achievement in speculative fiction or related areas in the year that cannot otherwise be judged for the Aurealis Awards.

It can be for a work of non-fiction, artwork, film, television, electronic or multimedia work, or that which 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.

And the nominees are:

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

About the Nomination: Letters to Tiptree is a significant Australian production for 2015. This book, which celebrates the contribution of Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree Jr to the science fiction field, presents 40 letters from major names in the field today, as well as academic essays about the importance of Sheldon/Tiptree and original letters to and from Sheldon, Ursula Le Guin and Joanna Russ. This is an important contribution not only to thinking about Sheldon/Tiptree but to the history of science fiction, the place of women in it, and how those who have gone before us can have a significant impact. It also explores the importance of discussing issues of feminism, and how vital it is to see others like us (women, queer, questioning) around us, succeeding in our field. This book is the most significant action undertaken to celebrate the centenary of Sheldon’s birth; very little else has occurred in her honour.

Black Lab Games (Director: Paul Turbett / Writer+Designer: Anthony Sweet / Art Director: Anthony Carriero), Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy (Slitherine Ltd)

About the Nomination: Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy is a story-centric sci-fi tactical game that embraces character-driven plot. The game features a number of innovative mechanics that creates a focus on the emotions and relationships between crew members, not just blowing up the enemy (although that part is pretty fun, too).

Star Hammer has 2,500+ lines of dialogue, descriptive mission briefings and a dynamic War Scale system that tells the story of Valeron Dyce, a freshly graduated Lieutenant in the Coalition Navy, and the part she eventually plays in the Second Contact War. Depending on how Valeron conducts herself throughout the war determines how her story unfolds; instead of static plot choices, the player’s in-game tactics and performance are evaluated by the War Scale system, which in turn determines the storylines and missions that become available to Valeron.

Another mechanic featured in Star Hammer is the Crew Relationship Matrix, where changing the focus of your crew members affects their mood, which in turn affects their relationships with other crew members. This leads to different inter-crew vignettes and gameplay bonuses.

We spent a lot of time looking at the narrative structure of sci-fi strategy games and figuring out how we can tell a different kind story that is focused on characters, while maintaining the spectacle and intensity of space battle gameplay.

Enzo Tedeschi & Julian Harvey, Airlock

About the Nomination: A drifting rogue spaceship docks with an isolated space station. Inside is a dead crew and a band of stowaway refugees. Tasked with the investigation, Security Officer Jonah Ashbrook (Mark Coles Smith) is thrown headlong into a series of events that will turn life on the station into a life or death crisis.

Felicity Banks, Attack of the Clockwork Army, hosted (but not published) by Choice of Games

About the Nomination: Attack of the Clockwork Army is interactive fiction – a modern digital form of Choose Your Own Adventure books.

It is set mainly in a fantastical steampunk (alternate Victorian era) Australia.

L. M. Myles and Liz Barr (eds), Companion Piece: Women celebrate the humans, aliens and tin dogs of Doctor Who (Mad Norwegian Press)

About the Nomination: Companion Piece provides a lighthearted, intelligent and informative feminist perspective on the companions of Doctor Who.

With an Australian co-editor and seven Australian contributors, it also represents a particularly Australian perspective on Doctor Who, which is often lost amidst the more dominant US and UK voices.

Laura E. Goodin and Houston Dunleavy (producers), The Cabinet of Oddities (Moonburn Productions)

About the Nomination: The Cabinet of Oddities, a performance of new compositions linked with new writing that was produced at this year’s Conflux, uniquely showcased Australian speculative fiction in a number of innovative ways. Producers Laura E. Goodin and Houston Dunleavy solicited fiction and artwork from some of Australia’s best-known speculative-fiction practitioners, who provided work of exceptional quality and range, most of which was created specifically for this project. The producers matched the writers with composers to work collaboratively on a performance piece. As far as the producers know, this is the first time such a project has been undertaken anywhere. The producers took advantage of the simultaneous occurrence of the Australian Flute Festival to secure the participation of four top-level flutists, including Peter Sheridan, specialist in low flutes. Not only has the project resulted in new works that will have lasting benefit to both the Australian speculative and contemporary-music communities, it has also had other valuable outcomes. Conflux attendees heard challenging and beautiful contemporary pieces that broadened their understanding of music (a frequent comment was “I’ve never heard anything like that before in my life!”). The project forged partnerships between two of Australia’s arts communities, with the likelihood of future collaborations. It publicised and expanded the repertoire for the low flutes, which are relatively new instruments. It positioned the Australian spec-fiction community as innovators in artistic collaboration and the presentation of spec fiction as performance. And it expanded Australian con-goers’ conceptions of the kinds of events that can happen at conventions, thereby enriching the planning and realisation of cons in the future.

Matthew Tait, Different Masks: A Decade In The Dark (HodgePodge Press)

About the Nomination: Australian author, Matthew Tait, has spent decades immersed in the horror community, home and abroad. From the written word to the cinematic world, Different Masks is a culmination of Mr. Tait’s zest for all things macabre. Thousands of man-hours have been spent scouring the titles of not only well-known authors but independent authors such as Greg Chapman and Daniel I. Russell, giving them a voice in the vast sea of dark fiction. A cinephile by nature, Mr. Tait does not limit himself to books; his enjoyment of all things horror also comes in the form of jump-scares and bloodbaths on the big screen. Different Masks contains over a hundred well-rounded critiques, a delicacy of appreciation served on a silver platter for all to enjoy.

Tom Taylor, James Brouwer, The Deep – The Animated Series (DHX Media, Technicolor, A Stark Production)

About the Nomination: The Deep animated series is adapted from the award-winning graphic novels published by Gestalt Comics.

It is the first major animated series adapted from graphic novels in Australia, produced out of Australia and Canada with all scripts, character & environment design and musical score produced by Australians.

It has been sold internationally with Germany, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, USA and UK broadcast partners slated to air the series in 2016. Australian broadcast begins on 7TWO on 1 December 2015, followed by screenings on ABC3 later in 2016.

The series retains the integrity of the graphic novels owing to Gestalt having negotiated for the creative team to hold key roles. Original writer Tom Taylor is the Story Editor and artist James Brouwer is Art Director, heading up the design studio for the series.

The animated series demonstrates that world-class IP can be developed, produced and retained in Australia whilst still finding a global audience.

Van Ikin, Other Spacetimes: Interviews with Speculative Fiction Writers (Wildside)

About the Nomination: This collection of interviews with Australian spec.fic. authors extends from 1978 to 2005. It provides a record of the authors’ views and opinions at the time and is therefore an archive of practitioners’ thinking about Australian spec.fic. The book is the fourth (and final) volume in Wildside’s reprinting of work from Van Ikin’s career (the other three volumes are “Best of” collections from the journal Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature). Van Ikin was a major contributor to all interviews, but note that some interviews involved other interviewers as well.

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Convenors’ Award entries close December 31

ICQWe have some amazing entries for this year’s Convenors’ Award for Excellence, but there is still time to get yours in!

The Convenors’ Award for Excellence is awarded at the discretion of the convenors for a particular achievement in speculative fiction or related areas in the year that cannot otherwise be judged for the Aurealis Awards.

It can be for a work of non-fiction, artwork, film, television, electronic or multimedia work, or that which 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 co-ordinator using the Convenors’ Award for Excellence entry form by midnight EST, 31 December 2015.


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Deadline for entered work to be received

6a00d834526d9869e2017c33460682970bDon’t forget that all entered work must be received by the panel judges by (or preferably before!) December 31. Electronic submissions are encouraged for all panels.

Remember that if you are sending hard copy, post can be a bit slow at this time of year, so please get those submissions sent ASAP!

If you are not sure who to send your entries to, or what formats are required, please don’t hesitate to contact the judging co-ordinators.

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Last chance! 24 hours left to enter!

tomorrow-is-the-last-day-3There are just over 24 hours left to get your entries in for the 2015 Aurealis Awards. Categories include Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Novels and Short Stories, Children’s Work, Young Adult (novel and short), Anthologies, Collections and Illustrated Work. See the Rules and the FAQ for more information, or email for more information.

All Australian speculative work first published in 2015 is eligible for entry – don’t miss out, ENTER HERE!

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IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! Aurealis Awards close Monday!


Only TWO (2) working days left until entries close for the 2015 Aurealis Awards on December 7. Time is running out! Talk to your publisher, prepare your files, and make sure your work is considered – we’re working hard behind the scenes to try to get all Australian 2015 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).

Check out our current list of entries and let us know of any work you think should be there, or make your entry here!

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