Established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis magazine, to recognise the achievements of Australian writers of fantasy, science fiction and horror. These awards are intended to complement the Ditmar Awards of the Annual Australian National Science Fiction Convention and the Australian Children’s Book Council Awards, as well as the various other state and national literary awards such as the Stella Prize, as none of these awards distinguishes the different categories of speculative fiction that fantasy, horror and science fiction fit into.
Out of these winners, I have read the Best Children’s Fiction recipient, When the Lyrebird Calls by Kim Kane, and the winner of the Convenor’s Award for Excellence, The Rebirth of Rapunzel by Kate Forsyth.
Congratulations to the winners.
The 2016 Winners are listed below:
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards!
BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION
When the Lyrebird Calls, Kim Kane (Allen & Unwin)
BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL / ILLUSTRATED WORK
Negative Space, Ryan K Lindsay (Dark Horse Comics)
BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY
“Pretty Jennie Greenteeth”, Leife Shallcross (Strange Little Girls, Belladonna Publishing)
BEST HORROR SHORT STORY
“Flame Trees”, TR Napper (Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2016)
BEST HORROR NOVELLA
“Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott (Dreaming in the Dark, PS Australia)
BEST FANTASY SHORT STORY
“Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest”, Thoraiya Dyer (In Your Face, FableCroft Publishing)
BEST FANTASY NOVELLA
“Forfeit”, Andrea K Höst (The Towers, the Moon, self-published)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY
“Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart”, Samantha Murray (Clarkesworld #122)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA
“Salto Mortal”, Nick T Chan (Lightspeed #73)
A Feast of Sorrows, Angela Slatter (Prime Books)
Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2015, Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein (eds.) (Twelfth Planet Press)
BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins Publishers)
BEST HORROR NOVEL
The Grief Hole, Kaaron Warren (IFWG Publishing Australia)
BEST FANTASY NOVEL
Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Gemina: Illuminae Files 2, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
THE CONVENORS’ AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower, Kate Forsyth (FableCroft Publishing)
Congratulations to the 2016 winners, announced on .the 14th of April, 2017.