Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel

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Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel
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Awarded for Excellence in young-adult speculative fiction novels
Country Australia
Presented by Chimaera Publications,
Conflux Inc
First awarded 1995
Currently held by Margo Lanagan and Kaz Delaney (joint winners)
Official website Official site

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and Conflux Inc to published works 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 added weight to the honour of the award.[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 that 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 young-adult novel category, as well as novels that have been highly commended. Of the 21 winners, three people have won the award twice – Isobelle Carmody, Garth Nix and Scott Westerfeld. Westerfeld holds the record for most nominations with seven, and Rory Barnes has the most nominations without winning, having been a losing finalist five 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

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Garth Nix has been a finalist on four occasions, winning in 1995 and 2003.
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Kerry Greenwood has won once in 1996 and received a high commendation in 2005.
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Damien Broderick has been a short-list nominee twice with his collaborations with Rory Barnes.
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Richard Harland has been a finalist once in 2000.
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Scott Westerfeld has received the most nominations with seven and has been a winner on three of those occasions.
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Sean Williams has been a finalist twice, most recently in 2009.
Year Author(s) Novel Publisher Ref
1995 Caswell, BrianBrian Caswell* Deucalion UQP [8]
1995 Nix, GarthGarth Nix* Sabriel Moonstone [8]
1995 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody Ashling Viking Press [8]
1995 Jinks, CatherineCatherine Jinks Witch Bank Puffin Books [8]
1995 Marsden, JohnJohn Marsden The Third Day, The Frost Pan Macmillan [8]
1996 Bell, HilaryHilary Bell* Mirror, Mirror Hodder Headline [9]
1996 Greenwood, KerryKerry Greenwood* The Broken Wheel Moonstone [9]
1996 Douglass, SaraSara Douglass Beyond the Hanging Wall Voyager Books [9]
1996 Kelleher, VictorVictor Kelleher Firedancer Penguin Books [9]
1996 Pryor, MichaelMichael Pryor The Mask of Caliban Hodder Headline [9]
1997 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody* Greylands Puffin Books [10]
1997 Jinks, CatherineCatherine Jinks* Eye to Eye Puffin Books [10]
1997 Bernard, PatriciaPatricia Bernard The Outcast Moonstone [10]
1997 Broderick, DamienDamien Broderick & Rory Barnes Zones Moonstone [10]
1997 Nix, GarthGarth Nix Shade's Children Allen & Unwin [10]
1998 Goodman, AlisonAlison Goodman* Singing the Dogstar Blues HarperCollins [11]
1998 Barnes, RoryRory Barnes Horsehead Boy HarperCollins [11]
1998 Lucashenko, MelissaMelissa Lucashenko Killing Darcy UQP [11]
1998 Luckett, DaveDave Luckett A Dark Winter Omnibus Books [11]
1998 Marsden, JohnJohn Marsden The Night Is for Hunting Pan Macmillan [11]
1999 Luckett, DaveDave Luckett* A Dark Victory Omnibus Books [12]
1999 Barnes, RoryRory Barnes Horsehead Man HarperCollins [12]
1999 Broderick, DamienDamien Broderick & Rory Barnes Stuck in Fast Forward HarperCollins [12]
1999 Kelleher, VictorVictor Kelleher Into the Dark Viking Press [12]
1999 Kelleher, VictorVictor Kelleher The Ivory Trail Viking Press [12]
2000 Hartnett, SonyaSonya Hartnett* Thursday's Child Penguin Books [13]
2000 Barnes, RoryRory Barnes Horsehead Soup HarperCollins [13]
2000 Harland, RichardRichard Harland Ferren and the Angel Penguin Books [13]
2000 Harris, ChristineChristine Harris Omega Random House [13]
2000 Masson, SophieSophie Masson The Green Prince Hodder Headline [13]
2001 Katz, LouiseLouise Katz* The Other Face of Janus Angus & Robertson [14]
2001 Fienberg, AnnaAnna Fienberg The Witch in the Lake Allen & Unwin [14]
2001 Nix, GarthGarth Nix Lirael Allen & Unwin [14]
2001 Rogers, CameronCameron Rogers The Music of Razors Penguin Books [14]
2001 Rubinstein, GillianGillian Rubinstein Terra-Farma Viking Press [14]
2002 Masson, SophieSophie Masson* The Hand of Glory Hodder Headline [15]
2002 Forsyth, KateKate Forsyth The Starthorn Tree Pan Books [15]
2002 McRobbie, DavidDavid McRobbie Mum, Me, the 19th C Angus & Robertson [15]
2002 Prior, Natalie JaneNatalie Jane Prior Fireworks and Darkness Angus & Robertson [15]
2003 Nix, GarthGarth Nix* Abhorsen Allen & Unwin [16]
2003 Wilkinson, CaroleCarole Wilkinson* Dragonkeeper Black Dog Books [16]
2003 Webb, JaneenJaneen Webb The Silken Road to Samarkand HarperCollins [16]
2004 Westerfeld, ScottScott Westerfeld* The Secret Hour Eos [17]
2004 French, JackieJackie French Flesh and Blood HarperCollins [17]
2004 Russon, PenniPenni Russon Undine Random House [17]
2004 Zurbo, MattMatt Zurbo Hot Nights, Cool Dragons Allen & Unwin [17]
2005 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody* Alyzon Whitestarr Penguin Books [18]
2005 Eaton, AnthonyAnthony Eaton Nightpeople UQP [18]
2005 Larbalestier, JustineJustine Larbalestier Magic or Madness Penguin Books [18]
2005 Westerfeld, ScottScott Westerfeld Peeps Penguin Books [18]
2005 Westerfeld, ScottScott Westerfeld Uglies Simon & Schuster [18]
2006 Cornish, D. M.D. M. Cornish* Foundling Omnibus Books [19]
2006 Holohan, AmandaAmanda Holohan The King's Fool ABC Books [19]
2006 Larbalestier, JustineJustine Larbalestier Magic Lessons Penguin Books [19]
2006 Marillier, JulietJuliet Marillier Wildwood Dancing Pan Macmillan [19]
2006 Westerfeld, ScottScott Westerfeld The Last Days Penguin Books [19]
2007 Eaton, AnthonyAnthony Eaton* Skyfall UQP [20]
2007 Constable, KateKate Constable Taste of Lightning Allen & Unwin [20]
2007 Marillier, JulietJuliet Marillier Cybele's Secret Pan Macmillan [20]
2007 Pryor, MichaelMichael Pryor Heart of Gold Random House [20]
2007 Westerfeld, ScottScott Westerfeld Extras Simon Pulse [20]
2008 Marchetta, MelinaMelina Marchetta* Finnikin of the Rock Viking Press [21]
2008 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody The Stone Key Viking Press [21]
2008 Cornish, D. M.D. M. Cornish Lamplighter Omnibus Books [21]
2008 Goodman, AlisonAlison Goodman The Two Pearls of Wisdom HarperCollins [21]
2008 Williams, SeanSean Williams The Changeling Angus & Robertson [21]
2009 Westerfeld, ScottScott Westerfeld* Leviathan Penguin Books [22]
2009 Forsyth, KateKate Forsyth The Puzzle Ring Pan Macmillan [22]
2009 Golds, CassandraCassandra Golds The Museum of Mary Child Puffin Books [22]
2009 Millard, GlendaGlenda Millard A Small Free Kiss in the Dark Allen & Unwin [22]
2009 Williams, SeanSean Williams The Scarecrow HarperCollins [22]
2010 Healey, KarenKaren Healey* Guardian of the Dead Allen & Unwin [23]
2010 Braxton-Smith, AnandaAnanda Braxton-Smith Merrow Black Dog Books [24]
2010 Hartnett, SonyaSonya Hartnett The Midnight Zoo Penguin Books [24]
2010 MacLeod, DougDoug MacLeod The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher Penguin Books [24]
2010 Westerfeld, ScottScott Westerfeld Behemoth Penguin Books [24]
2011 Russon, PenniPenni Russon* Only Ever Always Allen & Unwin [25]
2011 Bailey, EmEm Bailey Shift Hardie Grant Egmont [26]
2011 Braxton-Smith, AnandaAnanda Braxton-Smith Secrets of Carrick: Tantony Black Dog Books [26]
2011 Healey, KarenKaren Healey The Shattering Allen & Unwin [26]
2011 Mundell, MegMeg Mundell Black Glass Scribe Publications [26]
2012 Delaney, KazKaz Delaney* (tie) Dead, Actually Allen & Unwin [27]
2012 Lanagan, MargoMargo Lanagan* (tie) Sea Hearts Allen & Unwin [27]
2012 Höst, Andrea K.Andrea K. Höst And All the Stars Andrea K. Hosth [28]
2012 Kwaymullina, AmbelinAmbelin Kwaymullina The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf Walker Books [28]
2012 Nowra, LouisLouis Nowra Into That Forest Allen & Unwin [28]
2013 Kaufman, AmieAmie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner* (tie) These Broken Stars Allen & Unwin [29][30]
2013 Near, AllyseAllyse Near* (tie) Fairytales for Wilde Girls Random House Australia [29][30]
2013 Davies, TonyTony Davies The Big Dry HarperCollins [29]
2013 Höst, AndreaAndrea Höst Hunting Andrea K. Hösth [29]
2013 Zorn, ClaireClaire Zorn The Sky So Heavy University of Queensland Press [29]

High commendations[edit]

The 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.

Year Author Novel Publisher Ref
2005 Greenwood, KerryKerry Greenwood The Rat and the Raven Lothian Books [31]
2005 Russon, PenniPenni Russon Breathe Random House [31]
2005 Westerfeld, ScottScott Westerfeld Pretties Simon & Schuster [31]

See also[edit]

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

References[edit]

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