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The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis Magazine, to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Since 2004, the Aurealis Awards have been administered by Fantastic Queensland in partnership with Chimaera Publications.

It is the intention of the Aurealis Awards to complement the Ditmars and the Australian Children's Book Council Awards. Neither of these awards distinguishes between the different categories of speculative fiction. It is their hope that the Aurealis Awards finalists and winners will increase the profile of Australian science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and will provide an essential reading list for anyone with an interest in these genres.

Jan 2010 - 2009 Shortlists - Winners 23rd Jan

Wonders of a Godless World
| Astropolis: The Grand Conjunction | The Magician's Apprentice | The Last Stormlord (Watergivers) | Witches Incorporated | The Dark Griffin (Fallen Moon)

Best Science Fiction Novel

Andrew McGahan, Wonders of a Godless World, Allen & Unwin - On an unnamed island, in a Gothic hospital sitting in the shadow of a volcano, a wordless orphan girl works on the wards housing the insane and the incapable. When a silent, unmoving and unnerving new patient - a foreigner - arrives at the hospital, strange phenomena occur, bizarre murders take place, and the lives of the patients and the island's inhabitants are thrown into turmoil. What happens between them is an extraordinary exploration of consciousness, reality and madness. More

Sean Williams, The Grand Conjunction, Astropolis Book Three, Orbit - Six hundred thousand years after Imre Bergamasc's abdication, the Host rules the supposedly peaceful galaxy. But revolution is heating up--and Imre's unexpected return may be all it takes to light the final fuse. Original. More

Best Fantasy Novel

Peter M. Ball, Horn, Twelfth Planet Press

Trudi Canavan, Magician’s Apprentice, Orbit - From Australian author Canavan, whose books are national bestsellers in the U.K., comes the prequel to the Black Magician Trilogy. Events

Glenda Larke, The Last Stormlord, HarperVoyager - The Cloudmaster and his stormlords command wealth and power. But can they save themselves from a rogue rainlord? Terelle is on the run when an old man with the ability to paint pictures on water employs her as his apprentice - and paints her portrait. She thinks she is safe, until she discovers his floating artworks can fix an immutable future for those portrayed in them. She has become a prisoner of her own painted future. More

K.E. Mills, Witches Incorporated, HarperVoyager - Gerald is deep in training for his first official assignment - a case of espionage with international consequences. Melissande, meanwhile, has gone into business; she's opened a new witching locum agency. A one-stop shop where magical problems are solved, for a reasonable price. Managing her own business should be a breeze after negotiating the rough tides of New Ottosland politics. The future is looking good. Good, that is, until Witches Incorporated is offered a job that puts Melissande on a collision course with Gerald. Before long, any kind of future is looking increasingly unlikely. More

K.J. Taylor, The Dark Griffin, HarperVoyager - In the land of Cymria, humans and griffins rule side by side. To be a griffiner - the human companion and ambassador to a griffin - is to have both status and dangerous responsibility. Arren Cardockson is a despised Northener, a people conquered and enslaved centuries ago. By freak chance, Arren became a griffiner, but many resent and fear his existence. When his griffin dies during an attempt to catch a wild griffin, Arren's life spirals out of control. More

Best Horror Novel

Peter M. Ball, Horn, Twelfth Planet Press
Honey Brown, Red Queen, Penguin Australia
Stephen M. Irwin, The Dead Path, Hachette Australia
Tracey O’Hara, Night’s Cold Kiss, HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Kaaron Warren, Slights, Angry Robot Books

Best Illustated Book/Graphic Novel

Bruce Mutard, The Silence, Allen & Unwin
Emily Rodda & Marc McBride, Secrets of Deltora, Scholastic Australia
Madeleine Rosca, Hollow Fields, Seven Seas Entertainment
Nathan Jurevicius, Scarygirl, Allen & Unwin

Best Young Adult Novel

Kate Forsyth, The Puzzle Ring, Pan Macmillan
Cassandra Golds, The Museum of Mary Child, Puffin Books
Glenda Millard, A Small Free Kiss in the Dark, Allen & Unwin
Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan Trilogy: Book One, Penguin
Sean Williams, Scarecrow, HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Best Children’s Novel

Deborah Abela, The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen, Random House Australia
Kate Constable, Cicada Summer, Allen & Unwin
Jen Storer, Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, Penguin/Viking
Gabrielle Wang, A Ghost in My Suitcase, Puffin Books

Best Children’s Illustrated Work/Picture Book

Hard to go past a Graeme Base picture book, particularly one that returns to the wonderful puzzle solving theme of his brilliant The Eleventh Hour. Enigma is perhaps a little gimmicky but offers hours of fun for any child.

Graeme Base, Enigma, Penguin/Viking
Anna Fienberg (author), Kim Gamble (illustrator), Tashi and the Golem, Allen & Unwin
Pamela Freeman (author), Kim Gamble (illustrator), Victor’s Challenge, Walker Books Australia
Dan McGuiness, Pilot and Huxley, Omnibus Books
Gregory Rogers, The Hero of Little Street, Allen & Unwin


Best Science Fiction Short Story

Peter M. Ball, ‘Clockwork, Patchwork and Ravens’, Apex Magazine May 2009
Peter M. Ball, ‘To Dream of Stars: An Astronomer’s Lament’, Apex Magazine October 2009
Christopher Green, ‘A Hundredth Name’, Abyss & Apex Magazine #31
Greg Mellor, ‘Defence of the Realm’, Cosmos #25
Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn, ‘Soulmates’ Asimov’s September 2009

Best Fantasy Short Story

Christopher Green, ‘Father’s Kill’, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #24
Ian McHugh, ‘Once a Month, On a Sunday’, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #40
Tansy Rayner Roberts, ‘Siren Beat’, Roadkill/Siren Beat, Twelfth Planet Press
Angela Slatter, ‘Words’ The Lifted Brow #5
Lucy Sussex, ‘Something Better than Death’, Aurealis #42, Chimaera Publications

Best Horror Short Story

Felicity Dowker, ‘Jesse’s Gift’, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #40
Christopher Green, ‘Having Faith‘, Nossa Morte, February 2009
Paul Haines, ‘Wives‘, X6, Coeur de Lion Publishing
Paul Haines, ‘Slice of Life – A Spot of Liver‘, Slice of Life, The Mayne Press
Andrew J. McKiernan, ‘The Message‘, Midnight Echoes, Australian Horror Writers Association

Best Anthology

Alisa Krasnostein & Tehani Wessely (editors), New Ceres Nights, Twelfth Planet Press
Keith Stevenson (editor), X6, Coeur de Lion Publishing
Jonathan Strahan (editor), Eclipse 2, Night Shade Books
Jonathan Strahan (editor), Eclipse 3, Night Shade Books
Jonathan Strahan & Gardner Dozois (editors), The New Space Opera 2, Harper Eos

Best Collection

Deborah Biancotti (author) & Alisa Krasnostein (editor), A Book of Endings, Twelfth Planet Press
Greg Egan, Oceanic, Gollancz
Paul Haines (author) & Geoff Maloney (editor), Slice of Life, The Mayne Press
Robbie Matthews (author) & Donna Hanson (editor), Johnny Phillips Werewolf Detective, Australian Speculative Fiction

Best Young Adult Short Story

Joanne Anderton, ‘Dragon Bones’, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #39
Sue Isle, ‘Paper Dragons’, Shiny #5, Twelfth Planet Press
Ian McHugh, ‘Once a Month, on a Sunday’, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #40
Tansy Rayner Roberts, ‘Like Us‘, Shiny #5, Twelfth Planet Press
Cat Sparks, ‘Seventeen’, Masques, CSFG

2008 Winners | 2008 Shortlists

2008 Winners -Jan 25th, 2009

best science fiction novel

K A Bedford, Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

best science fiction short story

Simon Brown, ‘The Empire’, Dreaming Again, Harper/Voyager

best fantasy novel

Alison Goodman, The Two Pearls of Wisdom, HarperCollins

best fantasy short story

Cat Sparks, ‘Sammarynda Deep’, Paper Cities, Senses 5 Press

best horror novel

John Harwood, The Seance, Jonathan Cape (Random House Australia)

best horror short story

Kirstyn McDermott, ‘Painlessness’, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), #2

best anthology

Jonathan Strahan (editor), The Starry Rift, Viking Children's Books

best collection

Sean Williams & Russell B Farr (editor), Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams, Ticonderoga Publications

best illustated book/graphic novel

Shaun Tan, Tales From Outer Suburbia, Allen & Unwin

best young adult novel

Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock, Viking Penguin

best young adult short story

Trent Jamieson, ‘Cracks’, Shiny, #2

best children’s novel

Emily Rodda, The Wizard of Rondo, Omnibus Books

best children’s illustrated work/picture book

Richard Harland & Laura Peterson (illustrator), Escape!, Under Siege, Race to the Ruins, The Heavy Crown, The Wolf Kingdom series, Omnibus Books

Peter McNamara Convenors' Award for Excellence

Jack Dann


2008 Aurealis Awardshortlist

9th December- The Aurealis Awards team has announced the finalists for 2008. For the first time it includes categories for best collection and best anthology. Winners announced in Brisbane on January 24, 2009.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • K A Bedford, Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
  • Marianne de Pierres, Chaos Space, Book Two of the Sentients of Orion, Orbit
  • Simon Haynes, Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch, Fremantle Arts Centre Press
  • Kim Westwood, The Daughters of Moab, HarperVoyager
  • Sean Williams, Earth Ascendant, Astropolis Book Two, Orbit

Best Science Fiction Short Story

  • Simon Brown, ‘The Empire’, Dreaming Again, HarperVoyager
  • Nathan Burrage, ‘Black and Bitter, Thanks’, The Workers’ Paradise, Ticonderoga Publications
  • Trent Jamieson, ‘Delivery’, Cosmos, #21
  • Margo Lanagan, ‘The Fifth Star in the Southern Cross’, Dreaming Again, HarperVoyager
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, ‘Fleshy’, 2012, Twelfth Planet Press

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Alison Goodman, The Two Pearls of Wisdom, HarperCollins
  • Sylvia Kelso, Amberlight, Juno Books
  • Margo Lanagan, Tender Morsels, Allen & Unwin
  • Juliet Marillier, Heir to Sevenwaters, Macmillan Australia
  • Karen Miller, The Riven Kingdom, Godspeaker Book Two, HarperVoyager

Best Fantasy Short Story

  • Thoraiya Dyer, ‘Night Heron’s Curse’, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, #37
  • Karen Maric, ‘The Last Deflowerer’, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, #32
  • Angela Slatter, ‘Dresses, Three’, Shimmer, Vol 2 #4
  • Cat Sparks, ‘Sammarynda Deep’, Paper Cities, Senses 5 Press
  • Kim Westwood, ‘Nightship’, Dreaming Again, HarperVoyager

Best Horror Novel

  • Jack Dann, The Economy of Light, PS Publishing
  • Nick Gadd, Ghostlines, Scribe Publications
  • John Harwood, The Séance, Jonathan Cape

Best Horror Short Story

  • Lee Battersby, ‘In From the Snow’, Dreaming Again, HarperVoyager
  • Deborah Biancotti, ‘Pale Dark Soldier’, Midnight Echo, #1
  • Trent Jamieson, ‘Day Boy’, Murky Depths, #4
  • Kirstyn McDermott, ‘Painlessness’, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), #2
  • Ian McHugh, ‘Bitter Dreams’, L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol XXIV

Best Anthology

  • Bill Congreve & Michelle Marquardt (editors), The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction, MirrorDanse Books
  • Jack Dann (editor), Dreaming Again, HarperVoyager
  • Jonathan Strahan (editor), The Starry Rift, Viking Children’s Books

Best Collection

  • Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams, Russell B Farr (editor), Ticonderoga Publications
  • Robert Hood, Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Altair Australia Books

Best Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel

  • Steve Hunt & David Richardson, The Cloudchasers, ABC Books
  • Shaun Tan, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Allen & Unwin
  • Colin Thompson, The Floods Family Files, Random House Australia
  • Julie Watts, The Art of Graeme Base, Penguin/Viking

Best Young Adult Long Fiction

  • Isobelle Carmody, The Stone Key, Obernewtyn Chronicles, Volume Five, Penguin/Viking
  • David Cornish, Lamplighter, Monster Blood Tattoo Book Two, Omnibus Books
  • Alison Goodman, The Two Pearls of Wisdom, HarperCollins
  • Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock, Penguin/Viking
  • Sean Williams, The Changeling, The Changeling series book one, Angus & Robertson

Best Young Adult Short Fiction

  • Deborah Biancotti, ‘The Tailor of Time’, Clockwork Phoenix, Norilana Books
  • Dirk Flinthart, ‘This Is Not My Story’, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, #37
  • Trent Jamieson, ‘Cracks’, Shiny, #2
  • Kevin McLean, ‘Eye of the Beholder’, Misspelled, DAW Books

Best Children’s (8-12 Years) Long Fiction

  • Simon Higgins, Moonshadow, Eye of the Beast, Random House Australia
  • Sophie Masson, Thomas Trew and the Island of Ghosts, Hodder Children’s
  • Emily Rodda, The Wizard of Rondo, Omnibus Books
  • Carole Wilkinson, Dragon Dawn, Black Dog Books
  • Sean Williams, The Changeling and The Dust Devils, The Changeling series books one and two, Angus & Robertson

Best Children’s (8-12 Years) Illustrated Work/Picture Book

  • Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg & Kim Gamble, Tashi and the Phoenix, Allen & Unwin
  • Richard Harland & Laura Peterson (illustrator), Escape!, Under Siege, Race to the Ruins, The Heavy Crown, The Wolf Kingdom series, Omnibus Books
  • Ian Irvine & David Cornish (illustrator), Thorn Castle, Giant’s Lair, Black Crypt, Wizardry Crag, The Sorcerer’s Tower series, Omnibus Books
  • Sally Morgan with Ezekiel, Ambelin and Blaze Kwaymullina & Adam Hill (illustrator), Curly and the Fent, Random House Australia
  • Richard Tulloch & Terry Denton (illustrator), Twisted Tales, Random House Australia


Best science fiction novel

David Kowalski, The Company of the Dead, Pan Macmillan

Best science fiction short story

Cat Sparks, ‘Hollywood Roadkill’, On Spec, #69

Best fantasy novel

Lian Hearn, Heaven’s Net is Wide, Tales of the Otori The First Book, Hachette Livre

Best fantasy short story

Garth Nix, ‘Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz go to War Again’, Jim Baen’s Universe, April 2007

best horror novel

Susan Parisi, Blood of Dreams, Penguin Group (Australia)

Best horror short story

Anna Tambour, ‘The Jeweller of Second-Hand Roe’, Subterranean, #7

Best young adult novel

Anthony Eaton, Skyfall, UQP

Best young adult short story

Deborah Biancotti, ‘A Scar for Leida’, Fantastic Wonder Stories, Ticonderoga Publications

Best children’s (8-12 years) long fiction

Kate Forsyth, The Silver Horse, The Chain of Charms 2, Pan Macmillan
Kate Forsyth, The Herb of Grace, The Chain of Charms 3, Pan Macmillan
Kate Forsyth, The Cat’s Eye Shell, The Chain of Charms 4, Pan Macmillan
Kate Forsyth, The Lightning Bolt, The Chain of Charms 5, Pan Macmillan
Kate Forsyth, The Butterfly in Amber, The Chain of Charms 6, Pan Macmillan

Best children’s (8-12 years) short fiction (tied)

Marc McBride, World of Monsters, Scholastic Australia
Briony Stewart, Kumiko and the Dragon, UQP

Peter McNamara Convenors' Award for Excellence

Terry Dowling, Rynemonn, Coeur de Lion Publications

Terry Dowling has long been a respected writer of science fiction and supporter of the speculative fiction community. In 2007 his book Rynemonn was released. This work is theculmination of the exceptional Tom Rynosseros stories that Dowling haspublished over more than a decade.

His work fits comfortably next to genre fiction writers such as Ray Bradbury or Ursula K. LeGuin. His literary skill and richness of storytelling equally bring to mind comparisons with writers such as Isak Dinesen and Thornton Wilder.

Therefore, the convening judges of the Aurealis Awards 2007 have awarded the Peter McNamara Convenors' Award for Excellence to Terry Dowling for Rynemonn, his magnum opus of the Tom Rynosseros/Tom Tyson saga.



David Kowalski, The Company of the Dead, Pan Macmillan

Short Story:

Cat Sparks, ‘Hollywood Roadkill’, On Spec, #69

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