For the third year running, I’ve been lucky and honoured enough to be a judge in the Australian Aurealis Awards. The first two years I was one of three anthologies/collections judges, and this year I’m convenor (as I was last year), but now of the fantasy novel category.
Last year there were 27 anthology/collection nominations. 66 fantasy novel. 30 in science fiction and 15 in horror. It’s safe to say fantasy is one of the bigger categories, though the submissions to the short stories is over 100 in each category, at least they’re still short!
To say I’m looking forward to judging fantasy novels is an understatement. I keep refreshing the nominations page multiple times a day (really should stop that) to see what’s been added. I can’t wait to start reading! As we could have up to 70 novels to read in the next six or seven months, I really hope they get the books in quickly to us, if not for the sake of our sanity, but so we all have the chance to give proper time and consideration to all entries. It would be a bit impossible if we received 30 in December!
So, if you have work eligible, please check out the Aurealis site. See below.
Any work of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen of permanent resident and published for the first time between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013 is eligible to be entered.