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Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel

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]

Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel
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 fantasy fiction novels
CountryAustralia
Presented byChimaera Publications,
Continuum Foundation
First awarded1995
Currently held bySam Hawke and Maria Lewis (tied)
WebsiteOfficial site

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 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 novel category, as well as novels that have received honourable mentions or have been highly commended. Since 2003, honourable mentions and high commendations have been awarded intermittently. Juliet Marillier holds the record for most wins with 4. Marillier and Sara Douglass share the record for most nominations, with 11 nominations each, and Glenda Larke has the most nominations without winning, having been a losing finalist ten times.

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Winners and nomineesEdit

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 Novel Publisher Ref
1995 Garth Nix* Sabriel Moonstone [8]
1995 David Brooks The House of Balthus Allen & Unwin [8]
1995 Sara Douglass Battleaxe Voyager Books [8]
1995 Paul Kidd Mus of Kerbridge TSR [8]
1995 Tony Shillitoe The Last Wizard Pan Macmillan [8]
1996 Jack Dann* The Memory Cathedral Bantam Books [9]
1996 Sara Douglass* Enchanter Voyager Books [9]
1996 Sara Douglass* StarMan Voyager Books [9]
1996 Shannah Jay The Price of Wisdom Pan Macmillan [9]
1996 Geoffrey McSkimming Cairo Jim and the Alabastron of Forgotten Gods Hachette Children's Books Australia [9]
1996 Dirk Strasser Equinox Pan Macmillan [9]
1997 Kim Wilkins* The Infernal Random House [10]
1997 Isobelle Carmody Darkfall Penguin Books [10]
1997 Sara Douglass Sinner Voyager Books [10]
1997 Kate Forsyth Dragonclaw Random House [10]
1997 Lucy Sussex Black Ice Hodder Headline [10]
1998 Dave Luckett* A Dark Winter Omnibus Books [11]
1998 Jane Routley* Fire Angels Avon Eos [11]
1998 Sara Douglass Pilgrim Voyager Books [11]
1998 Ian Irvine A Shadow on the Glass Penguin Books [11]
1998 Sophie Masson Cold Iron Hodder [11]
1999 Jane Routley* Aramaya Avon Eos [12]
1999 Sara Douglass Crusader Voyager Books [12]
1999 Kate Forsyth The Cursed Towers Random House [12]
1999 Dave Luckett A Dark Journey/A Dark Victory Omnibus Books [12]
1999 Juliet Marillier Daughter of the Forest Pan Macmillan [12]
2000 Juliet Marillier* Son of the Shadows Pan Macmillan [13]
2000 Sara Douglass The Nameless Day Voyager Books [13]
2000 Anthony Eaton The Darkness UQP [13]
2000 Jennifer Fallon Medalon Voyager Books [13]
2000 Hoa Pham Vixen Sceptre [13]
2001 Sara Douglass* The Wounded Hawk Voyager Books [14]
2001 Juliet Marillier Child of the Prophecy Pan Macmillan [14]
2001 Garth Nix Lirael Allen & Unwin [14]
2001 Cameron Rogers The Music of Razors Penguin Books [14]
2001 Sean Williams The Stone Mage and the Sea Voyager Books [14]
2002 Sean Williams* The Storm Weaver and the Sand Voyager Books [15]
2002 Trudi Canavan The Novice Voyager Books [15]
2002 Alison Croggon The Gift Penguin Books [15]
2002 Sara Douglass Hades' Daughter Voyager Books [15]
2002 Sara Douglass The Crippled Angel Voyager Books [15]
2002 Tony Shillitoe Blood Voyager Books [15]
2003 Garth Nix* Abhorsen Allen & Unwin [16]
2003 K. J. Bishop The Etched City Prime Books [16]
2003 Lian Hearn Grass for His Pillow Hodder [16]
2003 Glenda Larke The Aware Voyager Books [16]
2003 Sean McMullen Voyage of the Shadowmoon Tor Books [16]
2004 Sean Williams* The Crooked Letter Voyager Books [17]
2004 Lian Hearn Brilliance of the Moon Hodder [17]
2004 Glenda Larke The Tainted Voyager Books [17]
2004 Sophie Masson Snow, Fire, Sword Random House [17]
2004 Kim Wilkins Giants of the Frost Voyager Books [17]
2005 Juliet Marillier* Blade of Fortriu Pan Macmillan [18]
2005 Sara Douglass Darkwitch Rising Voyager Books [18]
2005 Anthony Eaton Nightpeople UQP [18]
2005 Sonya Hartnett Surrender Penguin Books [18]
2005 Karen Miller The Innocent Mage Voyager Books [18]
2006 Juliet Marillier* Wildwood Dancing Pan Macmillan [19]
2006 Grace Dugan The Silver Road Penguin Books [19]
2006 Glenda Larke Heart of the Mirage Voyager Books [19]
2006 Sean McMullen Voidfarer Tor Books [19]
2006 Michael Pryor Blaze of Glory Random House [19]
2007 Lian Hearn* Heaven's Net Is Wide Hachette [20]
2007 Jennifer Fallon Gods of Amyrantha Voyager Books [20]
2007 Sylvia Kelso The Moving Water Five Star Publishing [20]
2007 Glenda Larke Song of the Shiver Barrens Voyager Books [20]
2007 Michael Pryor Heart of Gold Random House [20]
2008 Alison Goodman* The Two Pearls of Wisdom HarperCollins [21]
2008 Sylvia Kelso Amberlight Juno Books [21]
2008 Margo Lanagan Tender Morsels Allen & Unwin [21]
2008 Juliet Marillier Heir to Sevenwaters Pan Macmillan [21]
2008 Karen Miller The Riven Kingdom HarperVoyager [21]
2009 Trudi Canavan* Magician's Apprentice Orbit Books [22]
2009 Peter M. Ball Horn Twelfth Planet Press [22]
2009 Glenda Larke The Last Stormlord HarperVoyager [22]
2009 K. E. Mills Witches Incorporated HarperVoyager [22]
2009 K. J. Taylor The Dark Griffin HarperVoyager [22]
2010 Tansy Rayner Roberts* Power and Majesty HarperVoyager [23]
2010 Andrea K Höst The Silence of Medair Andrea K Hösth [24]
2010 Trent Jamieson Death Most Definite Orbit Books [24]
2010 Glenda Larke Stormlord Rising HarperVoyager [24]
2010 Juliet Marillier Heart's Blood Pan Macmillan [24]
2011 Pamela Freeman* Ember and Ash Hachette [25]
2011 Jennifer Fallon The Undivided HarperVoyager [26]
2011 Glenda Larke Stormlord's Exile HarperVoyager [26]
2011 Jo Anderton Debris Angry Robot [26]
2011 Tansy Rayner Roberts The Shattered City HarperVoyager [26]
2012 Margo Lanagan* Sea Hearts Allen & Unwin [27]
2012 Kate Forsyth Bitter Greens Random House Australia [28]
2012 Jay Kristoff Stormdancer Tor UK [28]
2012 Juliet Marillier Flame of Sevenwaters Pan Macmillan Australia [28]
2012 Jo Spurrier Winter Be My Shield HarperVoyager [28]
2013 Mitchell Hogan* A Crucible of Souls Mitchell Hogan [29][30]
2013 Max Barry Lexicon Hachette Australia [29]
2013 Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner These Broken Stars Allen & Unwin [29]
2013 Garth Nix Newt's Emerald Jill Grinberg Literary Management [29]
2013 Tansy Rayner Roberts Ink Black Magic FableCroft Publishing [29]
2014 Juliet Marillier* Dreamer's Pool Pan Macmillan Australia [31]
2014 Keri Arthur Fireborn Hachette Australia [32]
2014 Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner This Shattered World Allen & Unwin [32]
2014 Glenda Larke The Lascar's Dagger Hachette Australia [32]
2014 Scott Westerfeld Afterworlds Penguin Books Australia [32]
2014 Kim Wilkins Daughters of the Storm Harlequin Enterprises Australia [32]
2015 Trent Jamieson* Day Boy Text Publishing [33]
2015 Kathryn Barker In the Skin of a Monster Allen & Unwin [34]
2015 Alison Goodman Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club HarperCollins [34]
2015 Glenda Larke The Dagger's Path HarperVoyager [34]
2015 Juliet Marillier Tower of Thorns Pan Macmillan Australia [34]
2015 Ilka Tampke Skin Text Publishing [34]
2016 Jay Kristoff* Nevernight HarperVoyager [35][36]
2016 Glenda Larke The Fall of the Dagger Hachette Australia [35]
2016 Juliet Marillier Den of Wolves Pan Macmillan Australia [35]
2016 Angela Slatter Vigil Jo Fletcher Books [35]
2016 Mark Smith Road to Winter Text Publishing [35]
2016 Kim Wilkins Sisters of the Fire Harlequin Australia [35]
2017 Jay Kristoff* Godsgrave HarperCollins Publishers [37][38]
2017 Thoraiya Dyer Crossroads of Canopy Tor Books [37]
2017 Goldie Goldbloom Gwen Fremantle Press [37]
2017 Kathryn Gossow Cassandra Odyssey Books [37]
2017 Michael Pryor Gap Year in Ghost Town Allen & Unwin [37]
2017 Robin Shortt Wellside Candlemark & Gleam [37]
2018 Sam Hawke* City of Lies Penguin Random House [39][40]
2018 Maria Lewis* The Witch Who Courted Death Hachette Australia [39][40]
2018 Alan Baxter Devouring Dark Grey Matter Press [39]
2018 Alison Goodman Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit HarperCollins Publishers [39]
2018 Aletha Kinsela Lightning Tracks Plainspeak Publishing [39]
2018 Devin Madson We Ride the Storm (self-published) [39]

Honourable mentions and highly commended novelsEdit

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.

  *   Highly commended
  *   Honourable mentions

Year Author Novel Publisher Ref
2003 Ian Irvine Scrutator Viking Press [41]
2003 Anthony O'Neil Lamplighter HarperCollins [41]
2005 Trudi Canavan* Priestess of the White Voyager Books [41]
2006 Kylie Chan White Tiger Voyager Books [41]
2006 Lian Hearn The Harsh Cry of the Heron Hachette Livre [41]
2007 Pamela Freeman Blood Ties Hachette Australia [41]
2007 Karen Miller Empress of Mijak Voyager Books [41]

See alsoEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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