The Aurealis Awards are ‘for works of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen, or permanent resident’ and run each year, allowing only works that are published within that year to be nominated. The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995.
There is an award for each category: science fiction novel, science fiction short story, fantasy novel, fantasy short story, horror novel, horror short story, young adult novel, young adult short story, children novel, children short story, anthology and collection. There is also the ‘The Convenors’ Award for Excellence’ which is ‘awarded at the discretion of the convenors for a particular achievement in speculative fiction or related areas in that year that cannot otherwise be judged for the Aurealis Awards. It can be for a work of non-fiction, artwork, film, television, electronic or multimedia work, or that which brings credit or attention to the speculative fiction genres.’
Self-published and e-published works are allowed, so if you know of anyone eligible, please encourage them to visit the Aurealis Awards site.
As a judge myself since 2011, I can’t talk of Aurealis enough. The judging teams love their work, and it’s inspiring to see so much Australian work executed to such a high level.
If you are interested in any reading recommendations, lists of previous winners can be found on the site, and each year a shortlist is released .
Please take the time to take a look at the Aurealis Awards if you are interested in speculative fiction. I guarantee you’ll find something of interest. If you have any queries about what the work load is like, or how it’s run, please don’t hesitate to ask.