Aurealis Award for best science fiction short story

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Aurealis Award for best science fiction short story
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The Aurealis Award design is often placed on the winning book's cover as a promotional tool.[1]
Awarded for Excellence in science fiction short stories
Country Australia
Presented by Chimaera Publications,
WASFF
First awarded 1995
Currently held by Samantha Murray
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] 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 Egan, GregGreg Egan* "Luminous" Asimov's [7]
1995 Dedman, StephenStephen Dedman "From Whom All Blessings Flow" Asimov's [7]
1995 Egan, GregGreg Egan "Mister Volition" Interzone [7]
1995 Egan, GregGreg Egan "Wang's Carpets" Legend (New Legends) [7][8]
1995 Williams, SeanSean Williams "A Map of the Mines of Barnath" Eidolon [7]
1996 Frahm, LeanneLeanne Frahm* "Borderline" MirrorDanse (Borderline) [8][9]
1996 Brown, SimonSimon Brown "The Mark of Thetis" Eidolon [9]
1996 Dowling, TerryTerry Dowling "His Own, The Star Alphecca" Eidolon [9]
1996 Dowling, TerryTerry Dowling "The Ichneumon and the Dormeuse" Interzone [9]
1996 Maloney, GeoffreyGeoffrey Maloney "The Embargo Traders" Aurealis [9]
1997 Webb, JaneenJaneen Webb & Jack Dann* "Niagara Falling" DAW (Black Mist and Other Japanese Futures) [8][10]
1997 Blackford, RussellRussell Blackford "Lucent Carbon" Eidolon [10]
1997 Broderick, DamienDamien Broderick "Schrödinger's Dog" Eidolon [10]
1997 Egan, GregGreg Egan "Reasons to be Cheerful" Interzone [10]
1997 Sussex, LucyLucy Sussex "Merlusine" Roc (The Horns of Elfland) [8][10]
1998 Lake, David J.David J. Lake* "The Truth About Weena" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [8][11]
1998 Dedman, StephenStephen Dedman "Transit" Asimov's [11]
1998 Egan, GregGreg Egan "Oceanic" Asimov's [11]
1998 Love, RosaleenRosaleen Love "Real Men" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [8][11]
1998 Pryor, MichaelMichael Pryor "Australian Visions" Aurealis [11]
1999 Lawson, ChrisChris Lawson* "Written in Blood" Asimov's [12]
1999 Dowling, TerryTerry Dowling "The View in Nancy's Window" Interzone [12]
1999 Lawson, ChrisChris Lawson "Chinese Rooms" Eidolon [12]
1999 Orman, KateKate Orman "The Bicycle Net" Interzone [12]
1999 Sussex, LucyLucy Sussex "The Queen of Erewhon" F&SF [12]
2000 Broderick, DamienDamien Broderick* "Infinite Monkey" Eidolon [13]
2000 Browne, AdamAdam Browne "Schrödinger's Catamaran" Orb [13]
2000 Dedman, StephenStephen Dedman "The Devotee" Eidolon [13]
2000 Lanagan, MargoMargo Lanagan "White Time" Allen & Unwin (White Time) [8][13]
2000 Williams, SeanSean Williams "The Land Itself" Eidolon [13]
2001 Browne, AdamAdam Browne* "The Weatherboard Spaceship" Aurealis [14]
2001 Barry, MichaelMichael Barry "The Trojan Rocks" CSFG Publishing (Nor of Human...) [8][14]
2001 Dann, JackJack Dann "The Diamond Pit" F&SF [14]
2001 Strasser, DirkDirk Strasser "The Skerricks of Truth" Aurealis [14]
2001 Sussex, LucyLucy Sussex "Absolute Uncertainty" F&SF [14]
2002 McMullen, SeanSean McMullen* "Walk to the Full Moon" F&SF [15]
2002 Brown, Shane M.Shane M. Brown "Late Returns" Redsine [15]
2002 Brown, Shane M.Shane M. Brown "Lucy Lucy" Aurealis [15]
2002 Maloney, GeoffreyGeoffrey Maloney "The Imperfect Instantaneous People Mover" Agog! (Agog! Fantastic Fiction) [8][15]
2002 McMahon, ChrisChris McMahon "Within Twilight" Redsine [15]
2003 Duffy, BrendanBrendan Duffy* "Louder Echo" Agog! (Agog! Terrific Tales) [8][16]
2003 Dedman, StephenStephen Dedman "Acquired Tastes" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [16]
2003 Isle, SueSue Isle "Amy's Stars" Orb [16]
2003 Livings, MartinMartin Livings "Sigmund Freud & the Feral Freeway" Agog! (Agog! Terrific Tales) [8][16]
2003 Warren, KaaronKaaron Warren "State of Oblivion" CSFG Publishing (Elsewhere) [8][16]
2004 Duffy, BrendanBrendan Duffy* "Come to Daddy" Agog! (Agog! Smashing Stories) [8][17]
2004 Dedman, StephenStephen Dedman "Desiree" Oceans of the Mind [17]
2004 Maloney, GeoffreyGeoffrey Maloney "Bush of Ghosts" Prime Books (Tales from the Crypto-System) [8][17]
2004 Robson, BarbaraBarbara Robson "Absolution" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [17]
2004 Sparks, CatCat Sparks "Home by the Sea" Orb [17]
2005 Jamieson, TrentTrent Jamieson* "Slow and Ache" Aurealis [18]
2005 Davidson, RjurikRjurik Davidson "The Interminable Suffering of Mysterious Mr. Wu" Aurealis [18]
2005 Frahm, LeanneLeanne Frahm "Skein Dogs" Fables and Reflections [18]
2005 Triffitt, LynLyn Triffitt "The Memory of Breathing" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [18]
2005 Westwood, KimKim Westwood "Terning tha Weel" Aurealis [18]
2006 Williams, SeanSean Williams* "The Seventh Letter" Bulletin Summer Reading Edition [19]
2006 Battersby, LeeLee Battersby "Dark Ages" Prime Books (Through Soft Air) [8][19]
2006 Conyers, DavidDavid Conyers "Aftermath" Agog! (Agog! Ripping Reads) [8][19]
2006 Dedman, StephenStephen Dedman "Down to the Tethys Sea" Science Fiction Chronicle [19]
2007 Sparks, CatCat Sparks* "Hollywood Roadkill" On Spec [20]
2007 Brown, SimonSimon Brown "Lonely as Life" Ticonderoga Publications (Fantastic Wonder Stories) [8][20]
2007 Love, PenelopePenelope Love "Whitey" Elise Bunter (Shadow Plays) [8][20]
2007 McMahon, ChrisChris McMahon "The Eyes of Erebus" Agog! (Daikaiju! 2: Revenge of the Giant Monsters) [8][20]
2007 Sparks, CatCat Sparks "Arctica" Ticonderoga Publications (Fantastic Wonder Stories) [8][20]
2008 Brown, SimonSimon Brown* "The Empire" HarperVoyager (Dreaming Again) [8][21]
2008 Burrage, NathanNathan Burrage "Black and Bitter, Thanks" Ticonderoga Publications (The Workers' Paradise) [8][21]
2008 Jamieson, TrentTrent Jamieson "Delivery" Cosmos [21]
2008 Lanagan, MargoMargo Lanagan "The Fifth Star in the Southern Cross" HarperVoyager (Dreaming Again) [8][21]
2008 Roberts, Tansy RaynerTansy Rayner Roberts "Fleshy" Twelfth Planet Press (2012) [8][21]
2009 Ball, Peter M.Peter M. Ball* "Clockwork, Patchwork and Ravens" Apex Magazine [22]
2009 Ball, Peter M.Peter M. Ball "To Dream of Stars: An Astronomer's Lament" Apex Magazine [22]
2009 Green, ChristopherChristopher Green "A Hundredth Name" Abyss & Apex [22]
2009 Mellor, GregGreg Mellor "Defence of the Realm" Cosmos [22]
2009 Resnick, MikeMike Resnick & Lezli Robyn "Soulmates" Asimov's [22]
2010 Bishop, K. J.K. J. Bishop* "The Heart of a Mouse" Subterranean Online [23]
2010 Chrulew, MatthewMatthew Chrulew "The Angaelian Apocalypse" Twelfth Planet Press (The Company Articles of Edward Teach/The Angaelian Apocalypse) [24]
2010 Love, PenelopePenelope Love "Border Crossing" Ticonderoga Publications (Belong) [24]
2010 McHugh, IanIan McHugh "Interloper" Asimov's [24]
2010 Rayner Roberts, TansyTansy Rayner Roberts "Relentless Adaptations" Twelfth Planet Press (Sprawl) [24]
2011 Stephenson, Robert N.Robert N. Stephenson* "Rains of la Strange" Coeur de Lion Publishing (Anywhere but Earth) [25]
2011 Anderton, JoanneJoanne Anderton "Flowers in the Shadow of the Garden" Kayelle Press (Hope) [26]
2011 Hood, RobRob Hood "Desert Madonna" Coeur de Lion Publishing (Anywhere but Earth) [26]
2011 Love, PenelopePenelope Love "SIBO" Coeur de Lion Publishing (Anywhere but Earth) [26]
2011 Sparks, CatCat Sparks "Dead Low" Midnight Echo [26]
2012 Lanagan, MargoMargo Lanagan* "Significant Dust" Twelfth Planet Press (Cracklescape) [27]
2012 Bradley, JamesJames Bradley "Visitors" Review of Australian Fiction [28]
2012 Mellor, GregGreg Mellor "Beyond Winter's Shadow" Ticonderoga Publications (Wild Chrome) [28]
2012 Mellor, GregGreg Mellor "The Trouble With Memes" Ticonderoga Publications (Wild Chrome) [28]
2012 Warren, KaaronKaaron Warren "The Lighthouse Keepers' Club" PS Publishing (Exotic Gothic 4) [28]
2013 Warren, KaaronKaaron Warren* "Air, Water, and the Grove" Pandemonimum Press (The Lowest Heaven) [29][30]
2013 Anderton, JoanneJoanne Anderton "The Last Tiger" Daily Science Fiction [29]
2013 Anderton, JoanneJoanne Anderton "Mah Song" FableCroft Publishing (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories) [29]
2013 Dyer, ThoraiyaThoraiya Dyer "Seven Days in Paris" Twelfth Planet Press (Asymmetry) [29]
2013 Stone, LucyLucy Stone "Version 4.3.0.1" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 57 [29]
2014 Dyer, ThoraiyaThoraiya Dyer* "Wine, Women, and Stars" Analog [31]
2014 Biancotti, DeborahDeborah Biancotti "The Executioner Goes Home" Review of Australian Fiction, Volume 11, Issue 6 [32]
2014 Fischer, JasonJason Fischer "The Glorious Aerybeth" On Spec [32]
2014 Nash, CharlotteCharlotte Nash "Dellinger" Peggy Bright Books (Use Only As Directed) [32]
2014 Nix, GarthGarth Nix "Happy Go Lucky" Twelfth Planet Press (Kaleidocscope) [32]
2015 Williams, SeanSean Williams* "All the Wrong Places" Solaris (Meeting Infinity) [33]
2015 Anderton, JoanneJoanne Anderton "2B" FableCroft Publishing (Insert Title Here) [34]
2015 McKenna, ClaireClaire McKenna "The Marriage of the Corn King" Cosmos [34]
2015 Nash, CharlotteCharlotte Nash "Alchemy and Ice" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 61 [34]
2015 Warren, KaaronKaaron Warren "Witnessing" The Canary Press Story Magazine 6 [34]
2016 Murray, SamanthaSamantha Murray* "Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart" Clarkesworld 122 [35]
2016 Dann, JackJack Dann "Trainspotting in Winesburg" PS Publishing (Concentration) [36]
2016 McHugh, IanIan McHugh "Baby Eaters" Asimov's Science Fiction, Vol. 40 No. 1 [36]
2016 McKenna, ClaireClaire McKenna "Autumn Dog Cannot Live to Spring" FableCroft Publishing (In Your Face) [36]
2016 Warren, KaaronKaaron Warren "68 Days" Broken Eye Books (Tomorrow's Cthulhu) [36]
2016 White, JenJen White "The Least of Things" Aurealis 94 [36]

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.[37] 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 Brown, ShaneShane Brown "The Earth Equation" Vision Writers Group (Glimpses) [8]
2003 Dugan, GraceGrace Dugan "The Wall" Vision Writers Group (Glimpses) [8]
2003 Jamieson, TrentTrent Jamieson "Clockwork" Vision Writers Group (Glimpses) [8]
2003 Sparks, CatCat Sparks "Cross the Nullabor to the Sea" Vision Writers Group (Glimpses) [8]
2005 Williams, TessTess Williams* "How Green Was Their Love" Borderlands [8]
2007 Flinthart, DirkDirk Flinthart "Truckers" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [8]

See also[edit]

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

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