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Aurealis Awards 2019 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2019 Aurealis Awards, presented for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia, have been announced.

The finalists are: 

Best science fiction novel

  • The Subjects (Sarah Hopkins, Text)
  • Aurora Rising (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • The Trespassers (Meg Mundell, UQP)
  • The Year of the Fruit Cake (Gillian Polack, IFWG)
  • The Glad Shout (Alice Robinson, Affirm)
  • Daughter of Bad Times (Rohan Wilson, A&U)

Best fantasy novel 

  • Angel Mage (Garth Nix, A&U)
  • Darkdawn (Jay Kristoff, HarperCollins)
  • The Wailing Woman (Maria Lewis, Piatkus)
  • The Harp of Kings (Juliet Marillier, Macmillan)
  • The Darkest Bloom (P M Freestone, Scholastic)
  • Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town (Michael Pryor, A&U) 

Best horror novel 

  • Chuwa: The Rat-People of Lahore (Brian Craddock, Broken Puppet Books)
  • Remains (Andrew Cull, IFWG)
  • A Riddle in Bronze (Simon Haynes, Bowman Press)
  • The Rich Man’s House (Andrew McGahan, A&U)
  • Body Farm Z (Deborah Sheldon, Severed Press)

Best graphic novel/illustrated work

  • Haphaven (Norm Harper & Louie Joyce, Lion Forge)
  • Yahoo Creek (Tohby Riddle, A&U)
  • Black Magick (Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott, Image Comics)
  • Super Nova (Krys Saclier, Ford Street)
  • Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery (Renee Treml, A&U)

Best children’s fiction

  • Scorch Dragons (Amie Kaufman, HarperCollins)
  • Race for the Red Dragon (Rebecca Lim, A&U)
  • The Dog Runner (Bren MacDibble, A&U)
  • Jinxed!: The Curious Curse of Cora Bell (Rebecca McRitchie, illus by Sharon O’Connor, HarperCollins)
  • The Glimme (Emily Rodda illus by Marc McBride, Scholastic)
  • The Lost Stone of SkyCity (Heather Waugh, Fremantle Press) 

Best young adult novel

  • The Darkest Bloom (P M Freestone, Scholastic)
  • Ghost Bird (Lisa Fuller, UQP)
  • Aurora Rising (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • Dev1at3 (Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • The Harp of Kings (Juliet Marillier, Macmillan)
  • I Heard The Wolf Call My Name (K S Nikakis, SOV Media)

Best collection

  • Collision: Stories (J S Breukelaar, Meerkat Press)
  • Blackbirds Sing (Aiki Flinthart, CAT Press)
  • Scar Tissue and Other Stories (Narrelle M Harris, Clan Destine Press)
  • Five Dragons (Pamela Jeffs, Four Ink Press)
  • Stray Bats (Margo Lanagan, Small Beer Press)
  • Men and Machines I: Space Operas and Special Ops (Charlie Nash, Flying Nun Publications)

Best anthology

  • Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories (ed by Michael Earp, Walker)
  • Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not (ed by Christopher Sequeira, IFWG)
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 13 (ed by Jonathan Strahan, Solaris)
  • Mission: Critical (ed by Jonathan Strahan, Solaris).

Shortlists were also announced in the best novella and best YA, fantasy, horror and sci-fi short story categories.

The winners will be announced in the first half of 2020.

For more information, see the Aurealis Award website.


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