Next up in announcing their shortlists are the Aurealis Awards. A relative newcomer to the award scene, the Aurealis Awards was founded in 1995 in association with Aurealis magazine.
These awards are different from the big players in the field for two reasons. The first, and most obvious, is that these awards are exclusively national awards, only Australian authors are eligible to win!
The second is the sheer amount of awards! Unlike other organisations, they split their awards out into Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror categories and present an award for each category.
For this reason, we won’t be listing all the nominees here, only those for best novel in each category. If you want to check out the full list of nominees then you can view their website here.
So, for the main three categories here are their nominations:
BEST HORROR NOVEL
Fear is the Rider – Kenneth Cook
My Sister Rosa – Justine Larbalestier
The Grief Hole – Kaaron Warren
BEST FANTASY NOVEL
Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
Fall of the Dagger – Glenda Larke
Den of Wolves – Juliet Marillier
Vigil – Angela Slatter
Road to Winter – Mark Smith
Sisters of the Fire – Kim Wilkins
BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Watershed – Jane Abbott
Confluence – SK Dunstall
Gemima: Illuminae Files 2 – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Squid’s Grief – DK Mok
Stiletto – Daniel O’Malley
Threader – Rebekah Turner
They are also presenting awards in the categories below:
Best Children’s Fiction
Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work
Best Young Adult Short Story
Best Horror Short Story
Best Horror Novella
Best Fantasy Short Story
Best Fantasy Novella
Best Science Fiction Short Story
Best Science Fiction Novella
Best Young Adult Novel
Can you see why we decided against listing them all here?
Let us know your thoughts on the nominees in the comments below!