Aurealis Award for best fantasy short story

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Aurealis Award for best fantasy short story
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Awarded for Excellence in fantasy fiction short stories
Country Australia
Presented by Chimaera Publications,
WASFF
First awarded 1995
Currently held by Rowena Cory Daniells
Official website Official 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] Ties can occur if the panel decides both entries show equal merit, however they are encouraged to choose a single winner.[6] The judges may declare a "no award" if there is unanimous agreement that none of the nominees are worthy.[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 fantasy short story category, as well as short stories that have received honourable mentions or have been highly commended. Since 2003, honourable mentions and high commendations have been awarded intermittently. Four people have won the award twice – Thoraiya Dyer, Richard Harland, Margo Lanagan and Lucy Sussex. Angela Slatter holds the record for most nominations, having been nominated seven times. Adam Browne and Kaaron Warren share the record for most nominations without winning, both having been losing finalists three times.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the story'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. If the short story was originally published in a book with other stories rather than by itself or in a magazine, the book title is included after the publisher's name.

  *   Winners and joint winners
  *   Nominees on the shortlist

Year Author(s) Short story Publisher or publication Ref
1995 Attard, KarenKaren Attard* "Harvest Bay" Eidolon [8]
1995 Smith, PetrinaPetrina Smith "Angel Thing" Sybylla (She's Fantastical) [8][9]
1995 Stolarczyk, John T.John T. Stolarczyk "Sail On, Sail On" Aurealis [8]
1995 Warren, KaaronKaaron Warren "The Blue Stream" Aurealis [8]
1995 Whitmore, AndrewAndrew Whitmore "The Other Side of Paradise" Eidolon [8]
1996 Blackford, RussellRussell Blackford* "The Sword of God" Penguin (Dream Weavers) [9][10]
1996 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody "Green Monkey Dreams" Viking (Green Monkey Dreams) [9][10]
1996 Condon, MatthewMatthew Condon "Tattoo" UQP (Original Sin) [9][10]
1996 Douglass, SaraSara Douglass "Of Fingers and Foreskins" Eidolon [10]
1996 Richards, TimTim Richards "Our Swimmer" Allen & Unwin (Letters to Francesca) [9][10]
1997 Sussex, LucyLucy Sussex* "Merlusine" Roc (The Horns of Elfland) [9][11]
1997 Gregory, ChrisChris Gregory "Jackie Chan" Penguin (Twins) [9][11]
1997 Hang, LeLe Hang "The River of Dreams" Anchor (Influence: Australian Voices) [9][11]
1997 Kewley, JodieJodie Kewley "Nicholas Afalling" Eidolon [11]
1997 Webb, JaneenJaneen Webb "Death at the Blue Elephant" HarperCollins (Enter: HQ/Flamingo Short Story Collection) [9][11]
1998 Dedman, StephenStephen Dedman* "A Walk-On Part in the War" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [9][12]
1998 Greenwood, KerryKerry Greenwood "Jetsam" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [9][12]
1998 McMullen, SeanSean McMullen "Queen of Soulmates" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [9][12]
1998 Routley, JaneJane Routley "To Avalon" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [9][12]
1998 Taylor, KeithKeith Taylor "The Bath-house" Moonstone (Fantastic Worlds) [9][12]
1999 Canavan, TrudiTrudi Canavan* "Whispers of the Mist Children" Aurealis [13]
1999 Browne, AdamAdam Browne "Orlando's Third Trance" HQ Magazine [13]
1999 Jacobson, LisaLisa Jacobson "The Language of Trees" HQ Magazine [13]
1999 Sussex, LucyLucy Sussex "The Queen of Erewhon" F&SF [13]
1999 Webb, JaneenJaneen Webb "Incident on Wolfe Street" HQ Magazine [13]
2000 Maloney, GeoffreyGeoffrey Maloney* "The World According to Kipling (A Plain Tale from the Hills)" Aurealis [14]
2000 Cusack, LouiseLouise Cusack "Goddess and the Geek" Voyager (Mystery, Magic, Voodoo & The Holy Grail) [9][14]
2000 Kenworthy, ChrisChris Kenworthy "The Fruits of Habit" Altair [14]
2000 Lanagan, MargoMargo Lanagan "The Boy Who Didn't Yearn" Allen & Unwin (White Time) [9][14]
2000 Warren, KaaronKaaron Warren "The Left Behind" Orb [14]
2001 Isle, SueSue Isle* "The Woman of Endor" Orb [15]
2001 Dann, JackJack Dann "The Diamond Pit" Voyager (Jubilee) [9][15]
2001 Dowling, TerryTerry Dowling "The Lagan Fishers" Sci Fiction [15]
2001 Farrer, MatthewMatthew Farrer "Tales from the True Desert" CSFG Publishing (Nor of Human...) [9][15]
2001 Warren, KaaronKaaron Warren "The Speaker of Heaven" Orb [15]
2002 No award given [16]
2003 Sussex, LucyLucy Sussex* "La Sentinelle" Sandglass Enterprises (Southern Blood: New Australian Tales of the Supernatural) [9][17]
2003 Chrywenstrom, LilyLily Chrywenstrom "Tireki and the Wind" Fables and Reflections [17]
2003 de Pierres, MarianneMarianne de Pierres "In the Bookshadow" Dreamhaven Books (Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores) [9][17]
2003 Nix, GarthGarth Nix "Hope Chest" Penguin Books (Firebirds) [9][17]
2004 Harland, RichardRichard Harland* "Catabolic Magic" Aurealis [18]
2004 Katz, LouiseLouise Katz* "Weavers of Twilight" Agog! (Agog! Smashing Stories) [9][18]
2004 Battersby, LeeLee Battersby "Tales of Nireym" Orb [18]
2004 Bishop, K. J.K. J. Bishop "Alsiso" Elastic Press (The Alsisio Project) [18][19]
2004 Haines, PaulPaul Haines "The Gift of Hindsight" Aurealis [18]
2005 Harland, RichardRichard Harland* "The Greater Death of Saito Saku" Agog! (Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales) [9][20]
2005 Love, RosaleenRosaleen Love* "Once Giants Roamed the Earth" Aqueduct Press (The Traveling Tide); Agog! (Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales) [9][20]
2005 Browne, AdamAdam Browne "Heart of Saturday Night" Lenox Avenue Ezine [9][20]
2005 Dartnall, TerryTerry Dartnall "Ones and Zeros" Neverary [20]
2005 Flinthart, DirkDirk Flinthart "The Red Priest's Homecoming" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [20]
2006 Lanagan, MargoMargo Lanagan* "A Fine Magic" Eidolon Books (Eidolon I) [9][21]
2006 Battersby, LeeLee Battersby "Dark Ages" Prime Books (Through Soft Air) [9][21]
2006 Campisi, StephanieStephanie Campisi "Why the Balloon Man Floats Away" Fantasy Magazine [21]
2006 Sussex, LucyLucy Sussex "The Revenant" Eidolon Books (Eidolon I) [9][21]
2006 Tambour, AnnaAnna Tambour "See Here, See There" Agog! (Agog! Ripping Reads) [9][21]
2007 Nix, GarthGarth Nix* "Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again" Jim Baen's Universe [22]
2007 Astruc, R. J.R. J. Astruc "The Perfume Eater" Strange Horizons [22]
2007 Browne, AdamAdam Browne "An Account of an Experiment by Adam Browne" Orb [22]
2007 Slatter, AngelaAngela Slatter "The Angel Wood" Shimmer [22]
2007 Sparks, CatCat Sparks "A Lady of Adestan" Orb [22]
2008 Sparks, CatCat Sparks* "Sammarynda Deep" Senses Five Press (Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy) [9][23]
2008 Dyer, ThoraiyaThoraiya Dyer "Night Heron's Curse" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [23]
2008 Maric, KarenKaren Maric "The Last Deflowerer" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [23]
2008 Slatter, AngelaAngela Slatter "Dresses, Three" Shimmer [23]
2008 Westwood, KimKim Westwood "Nightship" HarperVoyager (Dreaming Again) [9][23]
2009 Green, ChristopherChristopher Green* "Father's Kill" Beneath Ceaseless Skies [24]
2009 McHugh, IanIan McHugh* "Once a Month, On a Sunday" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [24]
2009 Roberts, Tansy RaynerTansy Rayner Roberts "Siren Beat" Twelfth Planet Press (Roadkill/Siren Beat) [24]
2009 Slatter, AngelaAngela Slatter "Words" The Lifted Brow [24]
2009 Sussex, LucyLucy Sussex "Something Better than Death" Aurealis [24]
2010 Dyer, ThoraiyaThoraiya Dyer* (tie) "Yowie" Twelfth Planet Press (Sprawl) [25]
2010 Hannett, L. L.L. L. Hannett and Angela Slatter* (tie) "The February Dragon" Ticonderoga Publications (Scary Kisses) [25]
2010 Carroll, ElizabethElizabeth Carroll "The Duke of Vertumn's Fingerling" Strange Horizons [26]
2010 McKiernan, AndrewAndrew McKiernan "All the Clowns in Clowntown" Brimstone Press (Macabre: A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears) [26]
2010 Slatter, AngelaAngela Slatter "Sister, Sister" Tartarus Press (Strange Tales III) [26]
2011 Dyer, ThoraiyaThoraiya Dyer* "Fruit of the Pipal Tree" FableCroft Publishing (After the Rain) [27]
2011 Lanagan, MargoMargo Lanagan "The Proving of Smollett Standforth" HarperVoyager (Ghosts by Gaslight) [28]
2011 Lanagan, MargoMargo Lanagan "Into the Clouds on High" Allen & Unwin (Yellowcake) [28]
2011 Panegyres, AnthonyAnthony Panegyres "Reading Coffee" Overland [28]
2011 White, D. C.D. C. White "The Dark Night of Anton Weiss" Ticonderoga Publications (More Scary Kisses) [28]
2012 Lanagan, MargoMargo Lanagan* "Bajazzle" Twelfth Planet Press (Cracklescape) [29]
2012 Anderton, JoanneJoanne Anderton "Sanaa's Army" Ticonderoga Publications (Bloodstones) [30]
2012 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody "The Stone Witch" Random House (Under My Hat) [30]
2012 Kalin, DeborahDeborah Kalin "First They Came" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 55 [30]
2012 Lanagan, MargoMargo Lanagan "The Isles of the Sun" Twelfth Planet Press (Cracklescape) [30]
2013 Kristoff, JayJay Kristoff* "The Last Stormdancer" Thomas Dunne Books [31][32]
2013 McBride, TracieTracie McBride "The Touch of the Taniwha" Dagan Books (Fish) [31]
2013 McHugh, IanIan McHugh "Cold, Cold War" Scott H. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) [31]
2013 Olley, KirstieKirstie Olley "Short Circuit" Oomph (Oomph: a little super goes a long way) [31]
2013 Wilkins, KimKim Wilkins "The Year of Ancient Ghosts" Ticonderoga Publications (The Year of Ancient Ghosts) [31]
2014 Slatter, AngelaAngela Slatter* "St Dymphna's School for Poison Girls" Review of Australian Fiction, Volume 9, Issue 3 [33]
2014 Dyer, ThoraiyaThoraiya Dyer "The Oud" Crossed Genres Publications (Long Hidden) [34]
2014 Kalin, DeborahDeborah Kalin "Teratogen" Cemetery Dance 71 [34]
2014 Nash, CharlotteCharlotte Nash "The Ghost of Hepaestus" FableCroft Publishing (Cranky Ladies of History) [34]
2014 Slatter, AngelaAngela Slatter "The Badger Bride" Tartarus Press (Strange Tales IV) [34]
2015 Daniells, Rowena CoryRowena Cory Daniells* "The Giant's Lady" Newcon Press (Legends 2) [35]
2015 Goldsmith, MichelleMichelle Goldsmith "The Jellyfish Collector" Review of Australian Fiction, Vol. 13, Issue 6 [36]
2015 Hannett, Lisa L.Lisa L. Hannett "A Shot of Salt Water" TDM Press (The Dark) [36]
2015 Mok, D. K.D. K. Mok "Almost Days" FableCroft Publishing (Insert Title Here) [36]
2015 Mudge, FaithFaith Mudge "Blueblood" Ticonderoga Publications (Hear Me Roar) [36]
2015 Willis, SuzanneSuzanne Willis "Husk and Sheaf" IFWG Publishing Australia SQ Mag 22 [36]
2016 Dreaver, TamlynTamlyn Dreaver "Watercress Soup" Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 65 [37]
2016 Dyer, ThoraiyaThoraiya Dyer "Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest" FableCroft Publishing (In Your Face) [37]
2016 Nicholls, JackJack Nicholls "Dune Time" Tor.com [37]
2016 Nix, GarthGarth Nix "Penny For a Match, Mister?" Saga Press (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales) [37]
2016 Versace, DavidDavid Versace "The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat" Aurealis 89 [37]
2016 Willis, SuzanneSuzanne Willis "The Cartographer's Price" Mythic Delirium 3.1 [37]

Honourable mentions and high commendations[edit]

The honourable mentions and high commendations are announced alongside the list of finalists for their respected year of eligibility.[6] 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 grey background have been noted as highly commended; those with a white background have received honourable mentions. If the short story was originally published in a book with other stories rather than by itself or in a magazine, the book title is included after the publisher's name.

  *   Highly commended
  *   Honourable mentions

Year Author Short story Publisher or publication Ref
2003 Duffy, BrendanBrendan Duffy "Louder Echo" Agog! (Agog! Terrific Tales) [9]
2003 Rolfe, TraceyTracey Rolfe "Storm in a Chandelier" Agog! (Agog! Terrific Tales) [9]
2004 Canavan, TrudiTrudi Canavan* "A Room for Improvement" Wakefield Press (Forever Shores) [9]
2006 Chrywenstrom, LilyLily Chrywenstrom "Ghosts of 1930" Borderlands [9]
2006 Ryles, CarolCarol Ryles "The Bridal Bier" Eidolon Books (Eidolon I) [9]

See also[edit]

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

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