The Aurealis Awards are administered by
Conflux Incorporated on behalf of Chimaera
The Conflux Incorporated executive is responsible for the overall governance of the awards as stipulated by contract. This governance includes the Aurealis Awards ceremony as well as the judging process.
The selection of finalists and winners from entries in the Aurealis Awards process is the responsibility of selected judging panels.
Panel sizes may vary among categories – and from year to year – depending on the perceived workload and the availability of judges for a particular category. However, each panel must consist of at least three judges.
Judges are selected by the Aurealis Awards management team following a public application process; any member of the public may apply. The management team reserves the right to select judges from the pool of applicants, and may seek additional judges should it be deemed necessary following the closure of the public application process.
No correspondence will be entered into.
For more information about being an Aurealis Awards judge, go to the judging the Aurealis Awards webpage. It is anticipated that most disputes will be resolved by a consensus within the individual judging panels or with the assistance of the judging co-ordinator.
Should a resolution not be achieved, the matter may be referred to the Aurealis Awards management team. In such cases, the management team’s decision is final and binding.
What works are eligible?
Any work of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen or permanent resident and published for the first time between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013 is eligible to be entered.
How to enter works?
Entry is via the online entry form
Who can enter works?
Anyone can enter a work and there is no entry fee for the Awards, however registrants must agree to send or submit a copy of the entered work to each judge in the category or categories the work is entered in. There are three judges in each category. Details of judges' postal addresses will be provided after works are registered.
A list of entries appears on the Aurealis Awards website and is progressively updated during the year. Only formally entered works will be considered for the awards.
Can I submit works electronically?
Yes. Electronic entries must be provided to the judging co-ordinator for dissemination to the appropriate judges – individual judge’s emails will not be provided to entrants.
Entries must be lodged by midnight 7 December 2013. Copies of entered works must be received by the judging panels at the addresses provided no later than 31 December 2013.
Works published late in the year
The Aurealis Awards 2013 are for works of speculative fiction by authors, editors and illustrators, who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, first published in English between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013.
To avoid a logjam of work arriving at the very end of the awards process, if a work is released close to our 31 December 2013 deadline, we recommend advance copies or page proofs be sent to judges as soon as possible. We are happy to accept photocopies or printouts of manuscripts or galleys, providing the text is identical to that appearing in the final, published version. Works submitted in proof form will be eligible for an award so long as at least one judge on the relevant panel or the awards co-ordinator sights a final published version on or by 31 January 2013.
The earlier our judges receive the work, the more time they will have to give it the consideration it deserves. In 2013, we strongly encourage publishers and authors to enter all works published in the first half of the year by August 31, 2013, and then enter works as they are published.
The judging co-ordinator and judges are under no obligation to notify those entering if works cannot be considered because they are deemed ineligible under our rules and conditions.
The Aurealis Awards aim to be as comprehensive and as inclusive as possible, so if an eligible work does not appear on our list of entries then please email us to let us know about it. Every effort will be made to encourage that work’s author/publisher to enter it. However, please note that just suggesting a work be considered does not constitute a valid entry.
There are seven categories. Each category has a panel of at least three judges who choose the best eligible works entered each year.
- best science fiction short fiction (less than 40,000 words)
- best science fiction novel (40,000 words or longer)
- best fantasy short fiction (less than 40,000 words)
- best fantasy novel (40,000 words or longer)
- best horror short fiction (less than 40,000 words)
- best horror novel (40,000 words or longer)
- best young adult short fiction (less than 30,000 words)
- best young adult novel (30,000 words or longer)
- as of 2013, all Children’s works will be considered for a single award
The young adult and children’s categories cover entries across the spectrum - science fiction, fantasy and horror. For the purposes of the Aurealis Awards, young adult can best be described as ‘teen fiction’, broadly 12-16 years. The children’s category is for younger readers, age 8-12.
Anthology and collection
- best collection (a volume of stories by a single author)
- best anthology (a volume of stories by multiple authors)
Illustrated book or graphic novel
- best illustrated book/graphic novel
The Peter McNamara convenors’ Award for Excellence
The Peter McNamara convenors’ Award for Excellence is awarded at the discretion of the convenors for a particular achievement in speculative fiction or related areas. This award may take into account a body of work or achievements over a number of years; it can also e for a work of non-fiction, artwork, electronic or multimedia work, film or TV, or that which brings credit or attention to the speculative fiction genres. The award was originally known as The convenors' Award for Excellence and was renamed in 2002 after Peter McNamara (d. 2004), publisher, editor and the original Aurealis Awards convenor, shortly after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Entries for the Peter McNamara convenors’ Award must be submitted to the Aurealis Awards co-ordinator using the pdf form or the word file provided by midnight EST, 31 December 2013.
Because this is a special award and the scope of the entries may vary greatly, entries for this award do not feature on the list of general Aurealis Awards 2012 entries and only the winner is announced publicly on the night of the Aurealis Awards ceremony.
For an entry
Each entry is categorised, and this information will be displayed on the list of Aurealis Awards 2013 entries.
Although works may be entered in more than one category, we urge you to only choose the most relevant, rather than make across-the-board, blanket entries.
It is rare, for example, for one work to be considered science fiction and fantasy and horror and YA.
It is possible for a work to be a finalist and win in more than one category. But if a work is entered in multiple categories, then a copy of the entry must be sent to each judge in each of the relevant categories.
The Aurealis Awards management team recognises the financial burden of entering multiple works in multiple categories to some authors, editors and publishers at independent small presses.
In the case of multimedia, if a work of this type is to be entered in the novel, anthology or collection categories, then judges will need to receive a copy of the work for their consideration but the work will be considered only on the literary elements. However, a multimedia format work may be entered and considered for the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence as this special award has a broad scope and may take into account more than the printed word.
Regarding co-authored, edited or illustrated works
The Aurealis Awards 2013 are for works of speculative fiction by authors, editors and illustrators, who are Australian citizens or permanent residents , first published in English between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013.
In the case of co-authored novels or short stories, at least one of the authors must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and the Australian involvement may not be limited to illustration only.
To be eligible, anthologies must have been edited by an Australian citizen or permanent resident and first published in English in the period under consideration. In the case of co-edited works, at least one of the editors must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
For single author collections , the entry must have been either authored by an Australian citizen or permanent resident OR edited by an Australian citizen or permanent resident. This category recognises the role of editors in shaping and producing anthologies and collected works.
The 2008 Aurealis Awards process was the first time we had the anthology category, and magazines were considered alongside anthologies. This practice has now been discontinued in response to feedback from our judges who felt that the inherent differences in the formats were more marked than the similarities.
However, a magazine – or e-zine – may be entered into the Peter McNamara convenors’ Award for Excellence as this special award has a broad scope and many and varied types of works may be considered.
In the case of illustrated works or graphic novels (either work for adults or children’s picture books), either the writer or illustrator or both must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and the entry first published in English between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013.
We aim to be as inclusive as possible and endeavour to do all we can to assist in the entry process. Enquiries may be emailed to the judging co-ordinator.
Conflict of interest
A novel or short story written by a judge is automatically ineligible to be entered for an award in that year in the category for which the person is a judge. Work is still eligible to be entered in other categories.
A novel or short story written by the Aurealis Awards convenor, co-convenor or assistant convenor is automatically ineligible to be nominated for an award.
This ineligibility applies only to works written by the person involved. For example, if the editor of an anthology or magazine is a judge, stories in the anthology or magazine not written by him/her are still eligible, but anything written by him/her is not.
If the editor or co-editor of an anthology or collection is a judge in the anthology and collection category, then that anthology or collection edited or co-edited by him/her is ineligible.
Should a judge have any concerns about their eligibility or the appropriateness of reviewing a particular work, they should raise them with their convenor, who will then discuss the matter with the awards co-ordinator and make a ruling. This ruling will be final.
A novel or short story written by the judging co-ordinator is automatically ineligible to be entered for an award. Novels or short stories written by other members of the Organising Committee are still eligible for consideration by the relevant judging panels. However, to maintain the integrity of the judging process, the following additional rules are to be observed:
(1) If a judging panel requires clarification on any point, they will refer their query to the judging co-ordinator in the first instance. If the judging co-ordinator is unable to resolve the query, s/he may refer the matter to the President and Vice President of the Organising Committee for joint resolution, provided there is no conflict of interest in doing so.
(2) The convenor of each panel will notify short-listed works and the ultimate winner to the judging co-ordinator only. The remainder of the Organising Committee will not be notified of the ultimate winners in advance of the Aurealis Awards ceremony.
Regarding blogs, websites, reviews, critiques and other public comments
Judges, the judging co-ordinator, and members of the Aurealis Awards management team may externally review or critique works which may be eligible for entry. These reviews or critiques may take the form of blogs, printed reviews, discussion panels and similar activities.
However, as it is important that the awards maintain a level of independence and impartiality, all such reviews should contain a disclaimer emphasising that this is the personal opinion of the person involved and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the panel, the judging co-ordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.
Similarly, we ask that judges refrain from commenting on shortlisted works within their category between the date the shortlist is publicly released and the announcement of the winners at the awards ceremony.
Most of the judges’ discussions are conducted via an online forum or email. All discussions between the judges in each panel and the judging co-ordinator and/or the Aurealis Awards management team are confidential.
All members of the Aurealis Awards management team must also refrain from commenting on all shortlisted works within this time frame.