Aurealis Award for best children's fiction (told primarily through pictures)

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Aurealis Award for best children's fiction (told primarily through pictures)
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Awarded for Excellence in children's speculative fiction told primarily through pictures
Country Australia
Presented by Chimaera Publications,
Conflux Inc
First awarded 2001
Website Official site

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and Conflux Inc to published works in order to "recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror writers".[2] To qualify, a work must have been first published by an Australian citizen or permanent resident between 1 January and 31 December of the current year;[3] the presentation ceremony is held the following year. It has grown from a small function of around 20 people to a two-day event attended by over 200 people.[4]

Since their creation in 1995, awards have been given in various categories of speculative fiction. Categories currently include science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative young adult fiction—with separate awards for novels and short fiction—collections, anthologies, illustrative works or graphic novels, children's books, and an award for excellence in speculative fiction.[2] The awards have attracted the attention of publishers by setting down a benchmark in science fiction and fantasy. The continued sponsorship by publishers such as HarperCollins and Orbit has identified the award as an honour to be taken seriously.[5]

The results are decided by a panel of judges from a list of submitted nominees; the long-list of nominees is reduced to a short-list of finalists.[2] Ties can occur if the panel decides both entries show equal merit, however they are encouraged to choose a single winner.[6] The judges are selected from a public application process by the Award's management team.[7]

This article lists all the short-list nominees and winners in the best children's fiction (told primarily through pictures) category, as well as works that have received honourable mentions or have been highly commended. The best children's fiction (told primarily through pictures) award was created in 2001, as best children's short fiction, along with an award for children's long fiction.[2] In 2008 the award was renamed "best children's illustrated work/picture book" and in 2010 was renamed again to "best children's fiction (told primarily through pictures)".[8][9] Since 2001, hounarable mentions and high commendations have been awarded intermittently. Of the 20 winners, Kim Gamble is the only person to have won the award multiple times, with two wins. Anna Fienberg holds the record for most nominations with six, and Barbara Fienberg has the most nominations without winning, having been a losing finalist four times.

This award has been merged with that for best children's fiction (told primarily through words) into an award for best children's book.

Aurealis Award for Best Children's Short Fiction[edit]

Winners and Nominees[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list.

  *   Winners and joint winners
  *   Nominees on the shortlist

Year Author(s) Short story Publisher or publication Ref
2001 French, JackieJackie French* Café on Callisto Koala
2001 Caraher, KimKim Caraher Zip Zap Random House Australia
2001 Carmichael, ClaireClaire Carmichael Saving Aunt Alice Random House Australia
2001 Harris, ChristineChristine Harris Hairy Legs Random House Australia
2002 Fienberg, AnnaAnna Fienberg* & Kim Gamble* Tashi and the Haunted House Allen & Unwin
2002 Denton, TerryTerry Denton The Golden Udder Allen & Unwin
2002 D'Ath, JustinJustin D'Ath The Two Natalies Reel Trouble, Spinouts Sapphire (Longman)
2002 Chapman, AndrewAndrew Chapman In the Blink of an Eye Reel Trouble, Spinouts Sapphire (Longman)
2002 Crew, GaryGary Crew & McBride, MarcMarc McBride Old Ridley Hodder
2003 Prior, Natalie JaneNatalie Jane Prior* Lily Quench and the Lighthouse of Skellig Mor Hodder Headline Australia
2003 Ball, DuncanDuncan Ball Emily Eyefinger and the Balloon Bandits HarperCollins
2003 Hawke, RoseanneRoseanne Hawke Wolfchild Lothian
2003 Fienberg, AnnaAnna Fienberg & Barbara Fienberg Tashi and the Royal Tombs Allen & Unwin
2003 Prior, Natalie JaneNatalie Jane Prior* Lily Quench and the Magicians' Pyramid Hodder Headline Australia
2004 Crew, GaryGary Crew* & Steven Wollman* Beneath the Surface Hodder
2004 Axelsen, StephenStephen Axelsen The Very Messy Inspection Random House
2004 Ball, DuncanDuncan Ball Emily Eyefinger and the Ghost Ship Harper Collins
2004 Fienberg, AnnaAnna Fienberg & Barbara Fienberg There Once Was a Boy Named Tashi Allen & Unwin
2004 Rogers, GregoryGregory Rogers The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard Allen & Unwin
2005 Axelsen, StephenStephen Axelsen* Piccolo & Annabel 2: The Disastrous Party Random House Australia
2005 Alexander, GoldieGoldie Alexander The Space Gypsies The School Magazine 7
2005 Axelsen, StephenStephen Axelsen Piccolo & Annabel 3: The Stinky Cheese Gypsies Random House Australia
2005 Crew, GaryGary Crew & Jeremy Geddes The Mystery of Eilean Mor Lothian
2006 Godwin, JaneJane Godwin* The True Story of Mary Who Wanted to Stand on Her Head Allen & Unwin
2006 Wild, MargaretMargaret Wild* & Anne Spudvilas* Woolvs in the Sitee Penguin
2006 Kelleher, VictorVictor Kelleher & Stephen Michael King The Magic Violin Penguin
2007 McBride, MarcMarc McBride* World of Monsters Scholastic Australia
2007 Stewart, BrionyBriony Stewart* Kumiko and the Dragon UQP
2007 Edwards, LukeLuke Edwards Ock Von Fiend Omnibus Books
2007 Fienberg, AnnaAnna Fienberg & Barbara Fienberg Tashi and the Mixed Up Monster Allen & Unwin

Honourable mentions and highly commended short stories[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the short story's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a grey background have been noted as highly commended; those with a white background have received honourable mentions.

  *   Highly commended
  *   Honourable mentions

Year Author Work Publisher[I] Ref
2001 Collins, PaulPaul Collins Movie World HarperCollins (Longman)
2001 Whitmore, AndrewAndrew Whitmore The Ark of Dreams, Ark of DreamsArk of Dreams The Ark of Dreams Black Dog Books
2004 Marsden, JohnJohn Marsden* A Roomful of Magic, Roomful of MagicRoomful of Magic A Roomful of Magic Pan Macmillan

^ I Publisher names in parentheses indicate the imprint under which the book was published.

Aurealis Award for Best Children's Illustrated Work/Picture Book[edit]

2008-2009[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list.

  *   Winners and joint winners
  *   Nominees on the shortlist

Year Author(s) Illustrator(s) Work Publisher[I] Ref
2008 Harland, RichardRichard Harland* Peterson, LauraLaura Peterson* Escape!, Under Siege, Race to the Ruins, The Heavy Crown (The Wolf Kingdom series) Omnibus Books
2008 Fienberg, AnnaAnna Fienberg & Barbara Fienberg Gamble, KimKim Gamble Tashi and the Phoenix Allen & Unwin
2008 Irvine, IanIan Irvine Cornish, DavidDavid Cornish Thorn Castle, Giant's Lair, Black Crypt, Wizardry Crag (The Sorcerer's Tower series) Omnibus Books
2008 Morgan, SallySally Morgan with Ezekiel, Ambelin and Blaze Kwaymullina Hill, AdamAdam Hill Curly and the Fent Random House Australia
2008 Tulloch, RichardRichard Tulloch Denton, TerryTerry Denton Twisted Tales Random House Australia
2009 Freeman, PamelaPamela Freeman* Gamble, KimKim Gamble* Victor's Challenge Walker Books Australia
2009 Base, GraemeGraeme Base Base, Graeme Enigma Penguin (Viking)
2009 Fienberg, AnnaAnna Fienberg Gamble, KimKim Gamble Tashi and the Golem Allen & Unwin
2009 McGuiness, DanDan McGuiness McGuiness, Dan Pilot and Huxley Omnibus Books
2009 Rogers, GregoryGregory Rogers Rogers, Gregory The Hero of Little Street Allen & Unwin

^ I Publisher names in parentheses indicate the imprint under which the book was published.

Aurealis Award for Best Children's Fiction (told primarily through pictures)[edit]

2010 onwards[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list.

  *   Winners and joint winners
  *   Nominees on the shortlist

Year Writer(s) Illustrator(s) Work Publisher Ref
2010 Hartnett, SonyaSonya Hartnett* Masciullo, LuciaLucia Masciullo* The Boy and the Toy Viking Press [9]
2010 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody Spudvilas, AnneAnne Spudvilas Night School Viking Press [9]
2010 Davies, LukeLuke Davies Kiuru, InariInari Kiuru Magpie ABC Books [9]
2010 Hunt, JulieJulie Hunt & Sue Moss Chapman, GayeGaye Chapman Precious Little Allen & Unwin [9]
2010 Richardson, DavidDavid Richardson Hunt, StevenSteven Hunt The Cloudchasers ABC Books [9]
2011 Cheng, ChristopherChristopher Cheng* Davis, SarahSarah Davis* Sounds Spooky Random House [10]
2011 Blabey, AaronAaron Blabey Blabey, AaronAaron Blabey The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon Viking Press [11]
2011 Jorgensen, NormanNorman Jorgensen Foley, JamesJames Foley The Last Viking Fremantle Press [11]
2011 Taylor, TomTom Taylor Brouwer, JamesJames Brouwer The Deep: Here Be Dragons Gestalt Publishing [11]
2011 Wild, MargaretMargaret Wild Yeo, AndrewAndrew Yeo Vampyre Walker Books [11]
2012 Base, GraemeGraeme Base* Base, GraemeGraeme Base Little Elephants Viking Penguin [12]
2012 Crew, GaryGary Crew Watkins, RossRoss Watkins The Little Boy Who Grew Into a Tree Penguin Group Australia [13]
2012 Crew, GaryGary Crew Scheer, DenDen Scheer In the Beech Forest Ford Street Publishing [13]
2012 Wilson, MarkMark Wilson Wilson, MarkMark Wilson Inside the World of Tom Roberts Lothian Children's Books [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eon by Alison Goodman". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Aurealis Awards – About Us". Aurealis Awards. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  3. ^ "Aurealis Awards – Rules and Conditions". Aurealis Awards. Archived from the original on 19 May 2012. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  4. ^ Nahrung, Jason (2 February 2007). "Horror a hit". The Courier-Mail. Queensland Newspapers. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  5. ^ Koval, Ramona (presenter) (5 February 2009). Spotlight on speculative fiction writers (mp3) (Radio broadcast). ABC Radio and Regional Content. Event occurs at 1:18–2:16. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Guidelines for Judges". Aurealis Awards. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Aurealis Awards – FAQ". Aurealis Awards. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  8. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2009 Aurealis Awards". Locus Online. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Aurealis Awards Finalists 2010" (PDF). SpecFaction NSW. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  10. ^ "2011 Aurealis Award winners" (PDF). SpecFaction NSW. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Aurealis Awards Finalists 2011" (PDF). SpecFaction NSW. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  12. ^ "2012 Aurealis Award winners" (PDF). SpecFaction NSW. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2014. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  13. ^ a b c "2012 Aurealis Awards finalists announced" (PDF). SpecFaction NSW. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 

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