Aurealis Award for best science fiction short story

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Aurealis Award for best science fiction short story
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Awarded forExcellence in science fiction short stories
CountryAustralia
Presented byChimaera Publications,
WASFF
First awarded1995
Currently held byGarth Nix
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]

This article lists all the short-list nominees and winners in the best science fiction 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. Brendan Duffy and Sean Williams are the only people to have won the award multiple times, with two wins each. Stephen Dedman holds the record for most nominations and that for most nominations without winning, having been a losing finalist six 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 Greg Egan* "Luminous" Asimov's [7]
1995 Stephen Dedman "From Whom All Blessings Flow" Asimov's [7]
1995 Greg Egan "Mister Volition" Interzone [7]
1995 Greg Egan "Wang's Carpets" Legend (New Legends) [7][8]
1995 Sean Williams "A Map of the Mines of Barnath" Eidolon (Australian magazine) [7]
1996 Leanne Frahm* "Borderline" MirrorDanse (Borderline) [8][9]
1996 Simon Brown "The Mark of Thetis" Eidolon (Australian magazine) [9]
1996 Terry Dowling "His Own, The Star Alphecca" Eidolon (Australian magazine) [9]
1996 Terry Dowling "The Ichneumon and the Dormeuse" Interzone [9]
1996 Geoffrey Maloney "The Embargo Traders" Aurealis [9]
1997 Janeen Webb & Jack Dann* "Niagara Falling" DAW (Black Mist and Other Japanese Futures) [8][10]
1997 Russell Blackford "Lucent Carbon" Eidolon (Australian magazine) [10]
1997 Damien Broderick "Schrödinger's Dog" Eidolon (Australian magazine) [10]
1997 Greg Egan "Reasons to be Cheerful" Interzone [10]
1997 Lucy Sussex "Merlusine" Roc (The Horns of Elfland) [8][10]
1998 David J. Lake* "The Truth About Weena" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [8][11]
1998 Stephen Dedman "Transit" Asimov's [11]
1998 Greg Egan "Oceanic" Asimov's [11]
1998 Rosaleen Love "Real Men" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [8][11]
1998 Michael Pryor "Australian Visions" Aurealis [11]
1999 Chris Lawson* "Written in Blood" Asimov's [12]
1999 Terry Dowling "The View in Nancy's Window" Interzone [12]
1999 Chris Lawson "Chinese Rooms" Eidolon (Australian magazine) [12]
1999 Kate Orman "The Bicycle Net" Interzone [12]
1999 Lucy Sussex "The Queen of Erewhon" F&SF [12]
2000 Damien Broderick* "Infinite Monkey" Eidolon (Australian magazine) [13]
2000 Adam Browne "Schrödinger's Catamaran" Orb [13]
2000 Stephen Dedman "The Devotee" Eidolon (Australian magazine) [13]
2000 Margo Lanagan "White Time" Allen & Unwin (White Time) [8][13]
2000 Sean Williams "The Land Itself" Eidolon (Australian magazine) [13]
2001 Adam Browne* "The Weatherboard Spaceship" Aurealis [14]
2001 Michael Barry "The Trojan Rocks" CSFG Publishing (Nor of Human...) [8][14]
2001 Jack Dann "The Diamond Pit" F&SF [14]
2001 Dirk Strasser "The Skerricks of Truth" Aurealis [14]
2001 Lucy Sussex "Absolute Uncertainty" F&SF [14]
2002 Sean McMullen* "Walk to the Full Moon" F&SF [15]
2002 Shane M. Brown "Late Returns" Redsine [15]
2002 Shane M. Brown "Lucy Lucy" Aurealis [15]
2002 Geoffrey Maloney "The Imperfect Instantaneous People Mover" Agog! (Agog! Fantastic Fiction) [8][15]
2002 Chris McMahon "Within Twilight" Redsine [15]
2003 Brendan Duffy* "Louder Echo" Agog! (Agog! Terrific Tales) [8][16]
2003 Stephen Dedman "Acquired Tastes" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [16]
2003 Sue Isle "Amy's Stars" Orb [16]
2003 Martin Livings "Sigmund Freud & the Feral Freeway" Agog! (Agog! Terrific Tales) [8][16]
2003 Kaaron Warren "State of Oblivion" CSFG Publishing (Elsewhere) [8][16]
2004 Brendan Duffy* "Come to Daddy" Agog! (Agog! Smashing Stories) [8][17]
2004 Stephen Dedman "Desiree" Oceans of the Mind [17]
2004 Geoffrey Maloney "Bush of Ghosts" Prime Books (Tales from the Crypto-System) [8][17]
2004 Barbara Robson "Absolution" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [17]
2004 Cat Sparks "Home by the Sea" Orb [17]
2005 Trent Jamieson* "Slow and Ache" Aurealis [18]
2005 Rjurik Davidson "The Interminable Suffering of Mysterious Mr. Wu" Aurealis [18]
2005 Leanne Frahm "Skein Dogs" Fables and Reflections [18]
2005 Lyn Triffitt "The Memory of Breathing" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [18]
2005 Kim Westwood "Terning tha Weel" Aurealis [18]
2006 Sean Williams* "The Seventh Letter" Bulletin Summer Reading Edition [19]
2006 Lee Battersby "Dark Ages" Prime Books (Through Soft Air) [8][19]
2006 David Conyers "Aftermath" Agog! (Agog! Ripping Reads) [8][19]
2006 Stephen Dedman "Down to the Tethys Sea" Science Fiction Chronicle [19]
2007 Cat Sparks* "Hollywood Roadkill" On Spec [20]
2007 Simon Brown "Lonely as Life" Ticonderoga Publications (Fantastic Wonder Stories) [8][20]
2007 Penelope Love "Whitey" Elise Bunter (Shadow Plays) [8][20]
2007 Chris McMahon "The Eyes of Erebus" Agog! (Daikaiju! 2: Revenge of the Giant Monsters) [8][20]
2007 Cat Sparks "Arctica" Ticonderoga Publications (Fantastic Wonder Stories) [8][20]
2008 Simon Brown* "The Empire" HarperVoyager (Dreaming Again) [8][21]
2008 Nathan Burrage "Black and Bitter, Thanks" Ticonderoga Publications (The Workers' Paradise) [8][21]
2008 Trent Jamieson "Delivery" Cosmos [21]
2008 Margo Lanagan "The Fifth Star in the Southern Cross" HarperVoyager (Dreaming Again) [8][21]
2008 Tansy Rayner Roberts "Fleshy" Twelfth Planet Press (2012) [8][21]
2009 Peter M. Ball* "Clockwork, Patchwork and Ravens" Apex Magazine [22]
2009 Peter M. Ball "To Dream of Stars: An Astronomer's Lament" Apex Magazine [22]
2009 Christopher Green "A Hundredth Name" Abyss & Apex [22]
2009 Greg Mellor "Defence of the Realm" Cosmos [22]
2009 Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn "Soulmates" Asimov's [22]
2010 K. J. Bishop* "The Heart of a Mouse" Subterranean Online [23]
2010 Matthew Chrulew "The Angaelian Apocalypse" Twelfth Planet Press (The Company Articles of Edward Teach/The Angaelian Apocalypse) [24]
2010 Penelope Love "Border Crossing" Ticonderoga Publications (Belong) [24]
2010 Ian McHugh "Interloper" Asimov's [24]
2010 Tansy Rayner Roberts "Relentless Adaptations" Twelfth Planet Press (Sprawl) [24]
2011 Robert N. Stephenson* "Rains of la Strange" Coeur de Lion Publishing (Anywhere but Earth) [25]
2011 Joanne Anderton "Flowers in the Shadow of the Garden" Kayelle Press (Hope) [26]
2011 Rob Hood "Desert Madonna" Coeur de Lion Publishing (Anywhere but Earth) [26]
2011 Penelope Love "SIBO" Coeur de Lion Publishing (Anywhere but Earth) [26]
2011 Cat Sparks "Dead Low" Midnight Echo [26]
2012 Margo Lanagan* "Significant Dust" Twelfth Planet Press (Cracklescape) [27]
2012 James Bradley "Visitors" Review of Australian Fiction [28]
2012 Greg Mellor "Beyond Winter's Shadow" Ticonderoga Publications (Wild Chrome) [28]
2012 Greg Mellor "The Trouble With Memes" Ticonderoga Publications (Wild Chrome) [28]
2012 Kaaron Warren "The Lighthouse Keepers' Club" PS Publishing (Exotic Gothic 4) [28]
2013 Kaaron Warren* "Air, Water, and the Grove" Pandemonimum Press (The Lowest Heaven) [29][30]
2013 Joanne Anderton "The Last Tiger" Daily Science Fiction [29]
2013 Joanne Anderton "Mah Song" FableCroft Publishing (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories) [29]
2013 Thoraiya Dyer "Seven Days in Paris" Twelfth Planet Press (Asymmetry) [29]
2013 Lucy Stone "Version 4.3.0.1" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 57 [29]
2014 Thoraiya Dyer* "Wine, Women, and Stars" Analog [31]
2014 Deborah Biancotti "The Executioner Goes Home" Review of Australian Fiction, Volume 11, Issue 6 [32]
2014 Jason Fischer "The Glorious Aerybeth" On Spec [32]
2014 Charlotte Nash "Dellinger" Peggy Bright Books (Use Only As Directed) [32]
2014 Garth Nix "Happy Go Lucky" Twelfth Planet Press (Kaleidocscope) [32]
2015 Sean Williams* "All the Wrong Places" Solaris (Meeting Infinity) [33]
2015 Joanne Anderton "2B" FableCroft Publishing (Insert Title Here) [34]
2015 Claire McKenna "The Marriage of the Corn King" Cosmos [34]
2015 Charlotte Nash "Alchemy and Ice" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 61 [34]
2015 Kaaron Warren "Witnessing" The Canary Press Story Magazine 6 [34]
2016 Samantha Murray* "Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart" Clarkesworld 122 [35]
2016 Jack Dann "Trainspotting in Winesburg" PS Publishing (Concentration) [36]
2016 Ian McHugh "The Baby Eaters" Asimov's Science Fiction, Vol. 40 No. 1 [36]
2016 Claire McKenna "The Autumn Dog Cannot Live to Spring" FableCroft Publishing (In Your Face) [36]
2016 Kaaron Warren "68 Days" Broken Eye Books (Tomorrow's Cthulhu) [36]
2016 Jen White "The Least of Things" Aurealis 94 [36]
2017 Garth Nix* "Conversations with an Armoury" Solaris (Infinity Wars) [37][38]
2017 Lyn Battersby "The Missing Years" Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 66 [37]
2017 Aiki Flinthart "A Little Faith" Mirren Hogan (Like A Woman) [37]
2017 Pamela Jeffs "Cards and Steel Hearts" Falstaff Books (Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier) [37]
2017 Amie Kaufman "One Small Step" HarperCollins Publishers (Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology) [37]
2017 Arthur Robinson "Hurk + Dav" Breach Issue #01 [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.[39] 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 Shane Brown "The Earth Equation" Vision Writers Group (Glimpses) [8]
2003 Grace Dugan "The Wall" Vision Writers Group (Glimpses) [8]
2003 Trent Jamieson "Clockwork" Vision Writers Group (Glimpses) [8]
2003 Cat Sparks "Cross the Nullabor to the Sea" Vision Writers Group (Glimpses) [8]
2005 Tess Williams* "How Green Was Their Love" Borderlands [8]
2007 Dirk Flinthart "Truckers" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [8]

See also[edit]

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

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