Aurealis Award for best collection

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Aurealis Award for best collection
A gold colored circle with the words "aurealis awards" across the middle, and "winner" situated in the lower portion. In the top portion is a smaller black and white circle with various curving lines and a shape of an eye in the middle
The Aurealis Award design is often placed on the winning book's cover as a promotional tool.[1]
Awarded forExcellence in speculative fiction collections
Presented byChimaera Publications,
First awarded2008
Currently held byKate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins
WebsiteOfficial site

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and WASFF 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 corresponding 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] The judges are selected from a public application process by the Award's management team.[6]

The award for best collection was first awarded in 2008 along with two other categories; best anthology and best illustrated book or graphic novel to replace the discontinued Golden Aurealis awards.[2][6]

This article lists all the short-list nominees and winners in the best collection category. Angela Slatter holds the record for most wins, having won three times. Slatter also holds the record for most nominations, having been nominated eight times.

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 & Editor Collection Publisher Ref
2008 Sean Williams & Russell B. Farr (editor)* Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams Ticonderoga Publications [7]
2008 Robert Hood Creeping in Reptile Flesh Altair Australia Books [7]
2009 Greg Egan*[I] Oceanic Gollancz [8]
2009 Deborah Biancotti & Alisa Krasnostein (editor) A Book of Endings Twelfth Planet Press [8]
2009 Paul Haines & Geoffrey Maloney (editor) Slice of Life The Mayne Press [8]
2009 Robbie Matthews & Donna Hanson (editor) Johnny Phillips Werewolf Detective Australian Speculative Fiction [8]
2010 Angela Slatter* The Girl With No Hands Ticonderoga Publications [9]
2010 Rjurik Davidson The Library of Forgotten Books PS Publishing [10]
2010 Bob Franklin Under Stones Affirm Press [10]
2010 Angela Slatter Sourdough and Other Stories Tartarus Press [10]
2010 Kaaron Warren Dead Sea Fruit Ticonderoga Publications [10]
2011 Lisa L. Hannett* Bluegrass Symphony Ticonderoga Publications [11]
2011 Deborah Biancotti Bad Power Twelfth Planet Press [12]
2011 Paul Haines Last Days of Kali Yuga Brimstone Press [12]
2011 Sue Isle Nightsiders Twelfth Planet Press [12]
2011 Tansy Rayner Roberts Love and Romanpunk Twelfth Planet Press [12]
2012 K. J. Bishop* That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote K. J. Bishop [13]
2012 Isobelle Carmody Metro Winds Allen & Unwin [14]
2012 Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter Midnight and Moonshine Ticonderoga Publications [14]
2012 Martin Livings Living With the Dead Dark Prints Press [14]
2012 Kaaron Warren Through Splintered Walls Twelfth Planet Press [14]
2013 Joanne Anderton* The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories FableCroft Publishing [15][16]
2013 Thoraiya Dyer Asymmetry Twelfth Planet Press [15]
2013 Kirstyn McDermott Caution: Contains Small Parts Twelfth Planet Press [15]
2013 Cat Sparks The Bride Price Ticonderoga Publications [15]
2013 Kim Wilkins The Year of Ancient Ghosts Ticonderoga Publications [15]
2014 Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter* The Female Factory Twelfth Planet Press [17]
2014 Rosaleen Love Secret Lives Twelfth Planet Press [18]
2014 Ian McHugh Angel Dust Ticonderoga Publications [18]
2014 Simon Petrie Difficult Second Album: more stories of Xenobiology, Space Elevators, and Bats Out Of Hell Peggy Bright Books [18]
2014 Angela Slatter The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings Tartarus Press [18]
2014 Angela Slatter Black-Winged Angels Ticonderoga Publications [18]
2015 Garth Nix* To Hold the Bridge Allen & Unwin [19]
2015 Shane Jiraiya Cummings The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After Brimstone Press [20]
2015 Dirk Flinthart Striking Fire FableCroft Publishing [20]
2015 Deborah Kalin Cherry Crow Children Twelfth Planet Press [20]
2015 Carole Nomarhas The Fading (self-published) [20]
2015 Anna Tambour The Finest Ass in the Universe Ticonderoga Publications [20]
2016 Angela Slatter* A Feast of Sorrows Prime [21][22]
2016 Alan Baxter Crow Shine Ticonderoga Publications [21]
2016 Jack Dann Concentration PS Publishing [21]
2016 Angela Slatter Winter Children PS Publishing [21]
2017 Kate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins* The Silver Well Ticonderoga Publications [23][24]
2017 Peter M. Ball Template:Birdcage Heart & Other Strange Tales Brain Jar Press [23]
2017 Donna Maree Hanson Beneath the Floating City (self-published) [23]
2017 Margo Lanagan Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories Allen & Unwin [23]
2017 Tansy Rayner Roberts Please Look After This Angel & Other Winged Stories A [23]
2017 Deborah Sheldon Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories IFWG Publishing [23]

^ I Greg Egan declined to accept the award for Oceanic.[25]

See also[edit]

  • Ditmar Award, an Australian science fiction award established in 1969


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