Hi there all Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror fans! The Aurealis Awards for aussie fiction published in 2020 have been announced!

This year I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the judges for these fabulous awards! My reward was the opportunity to read lots and lots and lots of excellent Australian writing. The competition was extremely tough and all of the writers, judges and organisers of this terrific competition should be congratulated.

Check out the excellent list of winners below and support Australian Creators by borrowing a copy from your local library!

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Book cover for The Erasure Initiative
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The winners of the 2020 Aurealis Awards are:

BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION: The Lost Soul Atlas written by Zana Fraillon (Hachette Australia)

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL / ILLUSTRATED WORK: Under-Earth written by Chris Gooch (Top Shelf)

BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY: Dingo & Sister, Nikky Lee (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #78)

BEST HORROR SHORT STORY: Phoenix Pharmaceuticals, Jessica Nelson-Tyers (Cancer, The Zodiac Series, #7, Deadset Press)

BEST HORROR NOVELLA: The Saltbush Queen, Chris Mason (Outback Horrors Down Under, Things in The Well)

BEST FANTASY SHORT STORY: Truth Be Told, Louise Pieper (Unnatural Order, CSFG)

BEST FANTASY NOVELLA: Dingo & Sister, Nikky Lee (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #78)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY: Mary, Mary, Fiona Bell (Aurealis #135)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA: The Weight of the Air, The Weight of the World, T R Napper (Neon Leviathan, Grimdark Magazine)

BEST COLLECTION: The Heart is a Mirror for Sinners and Other Stories, Angela Slatter (PS Publishing)

BEST ANTHOLOGY: Rebuilding Tomorrow, Tsana Dolichva (Ed.) (Twelfth Planet Press)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL: The Erasure Initiative written by Lili Wilkinson (Allen & Unwin)

BEST HORROR NOVEL: None Shall Sleep written by Ellie Marney (Allen & Unwin)

BEST FANTASY NOVEL: The left-handed booksellers of London written by Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL (tie): The animals in that country written by Laura Jean McKay (Scribe Publications) & Repo virtual written by Corey J. White (Tor.com Publishing)

CONVENORS’ AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE: Never Afters: Female Friendship and Collaboration in Contemporary Re-visioned Fairy Tales by Women, Kirstyn McDermott

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