Aurealis Award for best fantasy short story

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 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 forExcellence in fantasy fiction short stories
CountryAustralia
Presented byChimaera Publications,
Continuum Foundation
First awarded1995
Currently held byTansy Rayner Roberts
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 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. Thoraiya Dyer holds the record for most wins, having won three times. Angela Slatter holds the record for most nominations, having been nominated seven times. Adam Browne, Kaaron Warren, and Suzanne J. Willis share the record for most nominations without winning, each having been losing finalists three times.

Winners and nomineesEdit

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 Karen Attard* "Harvest Bay" Eidolon [8]
1995 Petrina Smith "Angel Thing" Sybylla (She's Fantastical) [8][9]
1995 John T. Stolarczyk "Sail On, Sail On" Aurealis [8]
1995 Kaaron Warren "The Blue Stream" Aurealis [8]
1995 Andrew Whitmore "The Other Side of Paradise" Eidolon [8]
1996 Russell Blackford* "The Sword of God" Penguin (Dream Weavers) [9][10]
1996 Isobelle Carmody "Green Monkey Dreams" Viking (Green Monkey Dreams) [9][10]
1996 Matthew Condon "Tattoo" UQP (Original Sin) [9][10]
1996 Sara Douglass "Of Fingers and Foreskins" Eidolon [10]
1996 Tim Richards "Our Swimmer" Allen & Unwin (Letters to Francesca) [9][10]
1997 Lucy Sussex* "Merlusine" Roc (The Horns of Elfland) [9][11]
1997 Chris Gregory "Jackie Chan" Penguin (Twins) [9][11]
1997 Le Hang "The River of Dreams" Anchor (Influence: Australian Voices) [9][11]
1997 Jodie Kewley "Nicholas Afalling" Eidolon [11]
1997 Janeen Webb "Death at the Blue Elephant" HarperCollins (Enter: HQ/Flamingo Short Story Collection) [9][11]
1998 Stephen Dedman* "A Walk-On Part in the War" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [9][12]
1998 Kerry Greenwood "Jetsam" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [9][12]
1998 Sean McMullen "Queen of Soulmates" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [9][12]
1998 Jane Routley "To Avalon" Voyager (Dreaming Down-Under) [9][12]
1998 Keith Taylor "The Bath-house" Moonstone (Fantastic Worlds) [9][12]
1999 Trudi Canavan* "Whispers of the Mist Children" Aurealis [13]
1999 Adam Browne "Orlando's Third Trance" HQ Magazine [13]
1999 Lisa Jacobson "The Language of Trees" HQ Magazine [13]
1999 Lucy Sussex "The Queen of Erewhon" F&SF [13]
1999 Janeen Webb "Incident on Wolfe Street" HQ Magazine [13]
2000 Geoffrey Maloney* "The World According to Kipling (A Plain Tale from the Hills)" Aurealis [14]
2000 Louise Cusack "Goddess and the Geek" Voyager (Mystery, Magic, Voodoo & The Holy Grail) [9][14]
2000 Chris Kenworthy "The Fruits of Habit" Altair [14]
2000 Margo Lanagan "The Boy Who Didn't Yearn" Allen & Unwin (White Time) [9][14]
2000 Kaaron Warren "The Left Behind" Orb [14]
2001 Sue Isle* "The Woman of Endor" Orb [15]
2001 Jack Dann "The Diamond Pit" Voyager (Jubilee) [9][15]
2001 Terry Dowling "The Lagan Fishers" Sci Fiction [15]
2001 Matthew Farrer "Tales from the True Desert" CSFG Publishing (Nor of Human...) [9][15]
2001 Kaaron Warren "The Speaker of Heaven" Orb [15]
2002 No award given [16]
2003 Lucy Sussex* "La Sentinelle" Sandglass Enterprises (Southern Blood: New Australian Tales of the Supernatural) [9][17]
2003 Lily Chrywenstrom "Tireki and the Wind" Fables and Reflections [17]
2003 Marianne de Pierres "In the Bookshadow" Dreamhaven Books (Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores) [9][17]
2003 Garth Nix "Hope Chest" Penguin Books (Firebirds) [9][17]
2004 Richard Harland* "Catabolic Magic" Aurealis [18]
2004 Louise Katz* "Weavers of Twilight" Agog! (Agog! Smashing Stories) [9][18]
2004 Lee Battersby "Tales of Nireym" Orb [18]
2004 K. J. Bishop "Alsiso" Elastic Press (The Alsisio Project) [18][19]
2004 Paul Haines "The Gift of Hindsight" Aurealis [18]
2005 Richard Harland* "The Greater Death of Saito Saku" Agog! (Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales) [9][20]
2005 Rosaleen Love* "Once Giants Roamed the Earth" Aqueduct Press (The Traveling Tide); Agog! (Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales) [9][20]
2005 Adam Browne "Heart of Saturday Night" Lenox Avenue Ezine [9][20]
2005 Terry Dartnall "Ones and Zeros" Neverary [20]
2005 Dirk Flinthart "The Red Priest's Homecoming" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [20]
2006 Margo Lanagan* "A Fine Magic" Eidolon Books (Eidolon I) [9][21]
2006 Lee Battersby "Dark Ages" Prime Books (Through Soft Air) [9][21]
2006 Stephanie Campisi "Why the Balloon Man Floats Away" Fantasy Magazine [21]
2006 Lucy Sussex "The Revenant" Eidolon Books (Eidolon I) [9][21]
2006 Anna Tambour "See Here, See There" Agog! (Agog! Ripping Reads) [9][21]
2007 Garth Nix* "Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again" Jim Baen's Universe [22]
2007 R. J. Astruc "The Perfume Eater" Strange Horizons [22]
2007 Adam Browne "An Account of an Experiment by Adam Browne" Orb [22]
2007 Angela Slatter "The Angel Wood" Shimmer [22]
2007 Cat Sparks "A Lady of Adestan" Orb [22]
2008 Cat Sparks* "Sammarynda Deep" Senses Five Press (Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy) [9][23]
2008 Thoraiya Dyer "Night Heron's Curse" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [23]
2008 Karen Maric "The Last Deflowerer" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [23]
2008 Angela Slatter "Dresses, Three" Shimmer [23]
2008 Kim Westwood "Nightship" HarperVoyager (Dreaming Again) [9][23]
2009 Christopher Green* "Father's Kill" Beneath Ceaseless Skies [24]
2009 Ian McHugh* "Once a Month, On a Sunday" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine [24]
2009 Tansy Rayner Roberts "Siren Beat" Twelfth Planet Press (Roadkill/Siren Beat) [24]
2009 Angela Slatter "Words" The Lifted Brow [24]
2009 Lucy Sussex "Something Better than Death" Aurealis [24]
2010 Thoraiya Dyer* (tie) "Yowie" Twelfth Planet Press (Sprawl) [25]
2010 L. L. Hannett and Angela Slatter* (tie) "The February Dragon" Ticonderoga Publications (Scary Kisses) [25]
2010 Elizabeth Carroll "The Duke of Vertumn's Fingerling" Strange Horizons [26]
2010 Andrew McKiernan "All the Clowns in Clowntown" Brimstone Press (Macabre: A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears) [26]
2010 Angela Slatter "Sister, Sister" Tartarus Press (Strange Tales III) [26]
2011 Thoraiya Dyer* "Fruit of the Pipal Tree" FableCroft Publishing (After the Rain) [27]
2011 Margo Lanagan "The Proving of Smollett Standforth" HarperVoyager (Ghosts by Gaslight) [28]
2011 Margo Lanagan "Into the Clouds on High" Allen & Unwin (Yellowcake) [28]
2011 Anthony Panegyres "Reading Coffee" Overland [28]
2011 D. C. White "The Dark Night of Anton Weiss" Ticonderoga Publications (More Scary Kisses) [28]
2012 Margo Lanagan* "Bajazzle" Twelfth Planet Press (Cracklescape) [29]
2012 Joanne Anderton "Sanaa's Army" Ticonderoga Publications (Bloodstones) [30]
2012 Isobelle Carmody "The Stone Witch" Random House (Under My Hat) [30]
2012 Deborah Kalin "First They Came" Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 55 [30]
2012 Margo Lanagan "The Isles of the Sun" Twelfth Planet Press (Cracklescape) [30]
2013 Jay Kristoff* "The Last Stormdancer" Thomas Dunne Books [31][32]
2013 Tracie McBride "The Touch of the Taniwha" Dagan Books (Fish) [31]
2013 Ian McHugh "Cold, Cold War" Scott H. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) [31]
2013 Kirstie Olley "Short Circuit" Oomph (Oomph: a little super goes a long way) [31]
2013 Kim Wilkins "The Year of Ancient Ghosts" Ticonderoga Publications (The Year of Ancient Ghosts) [31]
2014 Angela Slatter* "St Dymphna's School for Poison Girls" Review of Australian Fiction, Volume 9, Issue 3 [33]
2014 Thoraiya Dyer "The Oud" Crossed Genres Publications (Long Hidden) [34]
2014 Deborah Kalin "Teratogen" Cemetery Dance 71 [34]
2014 Charlotte Nash "The Ghost of Hepaestus" FableCroft Publishing (Cranky Ladies of History) [34]
2014 Angela Slatter "The Badger Bride" Tartarus Press (Strange Tales IV) [34]
2015 Rowena Cory Daniells* "The Giant's Lady" Newcon Press (Legends 2) [35]
2015 Michelle Goldsmith "The Jellyfish Collector" Review of Australian Fiction, Vol. 13, Issue 6 [36]
2015 Lisa L. Hannett "A Shot of Salt Water" TDM Press (The Dark) [36]
2015 D. K. Mok "Almost Days" FableCroft Publishing (Insert Title Here) [36]
2015 Faith Mudge "Blueblood" Ticonderoga Publications (Hear Me Roar) [36]
2015 Suzanne J. Willis "Husk and Sheaf" SQ Mag 22 [36]
2016 Thoraiya Dyer* "Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest" FableCroft Publishing (In Your Face) [37][38]
2016 Tamlyn Dreaver "Watercress Soup" Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 65 [37]
2016 Jack Nicholls "Dune Time" Tor.com [37]
2016 Garth Nix "Penny For a Match, Mister?" Saga Press (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales) [37]
2016 David Versace "The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat" Aurealis 89 [37]
2016 Suzanne J. Willis "The Cartographer's Price" Mythic Delirium 3.1 [37]
2017 Tansy Rayner Roberts* "The Curse is Come Upon Me, Cried" self-published (Please Look After This Angel & Other Winged Stories) [39][40]
2017 Freya Marske "Hamelin's Graves" Andromeda Spaceways Magazine 69 [39]
2017 Angela Slatter "The Little Mermaid, in Passing" Review of Australian Fiction Vol 22 Issue 1 [39]
2017 J. Ashley Smith "Duplicity" coeur de lion (Dimension6 #11) [39]
2017 Marlee Jane Ward "The Rainmaker Goddess, Hallowed Shaz" Feminartsy [39]
2017 Lili Wilkinson "Oona Underground" HarperCollins Publishers (Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology) [39]
2018 J. Ashley Smith* "The Further Shore" Bourbon Penn 15 [41][42]
2018 Alan Baxter "Crying Demon" Grey Matter Press (Suspended in Dusk 2) [41]
2018 Juliet Marillier "Army Men" Lancelot Schaubert (Of Gods and Globes) [41]
2018 Amanda J. Spedding "Child of the Emptyness" Grimdark Magazine 17 [41]
2018 David Versace "A Moment's Peace" CSFG Publishing (A Hand of Knaves) [41][43]
2018 Suzanne J. Willis "Heartwood, Sapwood, Spring" Ate Bit Bear (Sword and Sonnet) [41]
2019 Tansy Rayner Roberts "Dragon By Subscription" (self-published on Patreon) [44][45]
2019 Joanne Anderton "Loose Stones" Brio Books (Infinite Threads) [44]
2019 Aidan Doyle "1078 Reasons" Translunar Travelers Lounge [44]
2019 Aiki Flinthart "Pigshit and Gold" Dimension6 18 [44]
2019 Ephiny Gale Teare "CurioQueens" Constellary Tales Magazine 4 [44]
2019 Juliet Marillier "Good Dog, Alice" Titan Books (Wonderland) [44]

Honourable mentions and high commendationsEdit

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 Brendan Duffy "Louder Echo" Agog! (Agog! Terrific Tales) [9]
2003 Tracey Rolfe "Storm in a Chandelier" Agog! (Agog! Terrific Tales) [9]
2004 Trudi Canavan* "A Room for Improvement" Wakefield Press (Forever Shores) [9]
2006 Lily Chrywenstrom "Ghosts of 1930" Borderlands [9]
2006 Carol Ryles "The Bridal Bier" Eidolon Books (Eidolon I) [9]

See alsoEdit

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

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