Aurealis Award for best anthology

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Aurealis Award for best anthology
The Aurealis Award design is often placed on the winning book's cover as a promotional tool.[1]
Awarded for Excellence in speculative fiction anthologies
Presented by Chimaera Publications,
Fantastic Queensland
Country Australia
First awarded 2008
Currently held by Jonathan Strahan & Marianne S. Jablon
Official website Official site

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and Fantastic Queensland to published works in order to "recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror writers".[2] To qualify, a work must have been first published by an Australian citizen or permanent resident between November 1 of the prior year and October 31 of the current year;[3] the presentation ceremony is held the following year. It has grown from a small function of around 20 people to a two-day event attended by over 200 people.[4]

Since their creation in 1995, awards have been given in various categories of speculative fiction. Categories currently include science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative young-adult fiction — with separate awards for novels and short fiction — collections, anthologies, illustrative works or graphic novels, children's novels, children's illustrative work or picture book, and an award for excellence in speculative fiction.[2] The awards have attracted the attention of publishers by setting down a benchmark in science fiction and fantasy. The continued sponsorship by publishers such as HarperCollins and Orbit has identified the award as an honour to be taken seriously.[5]

The results are decided by a panel of judges from a list of submitted nominees; the long-list of nominees is reduced to a short-list of finalists.[2] The judges are selected from a public application process by the Award's management team.[6]

This article lists all the short-list nominees and winners in the best anthology category. The award for best anthology was first awarded in 2008 along with two other categories; best collection and best illustrated book or graphic novel to replace the discontinued Golden Aurealis awards.[2][6] Of the four winners, Jonathan Strahan is the only person to have won the award multiple times, with three wins. Strahan holds the record for most nominations with 6, and Alisa Krasnostein has the most nominations without winning, having been a losing finalist twice.

Winners and nominees

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list.

  *   Winners and joint winners
  *   Nominees on the shortlist

Year Editor(s) Anthology Publisher[I] Ref
2008 Strahan, JonathanJonathan Strahan* The Starry Rift Viking Children’s Books [7]
2008 Congreve, BillBill Congreve & Michelle Marquardt The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Fourth Annual Volume MirrorDanse Books [7][8]
2008 Dann, JackJack Dann Dreaming Again HarperCollins (HarperVoyager) [7]
2009 Strahan, JonathanJonathan Strahan* Eclipse 3 Night Shade Books [9]
2009 Dozois, GardnerGardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan The New Space Opera 2 HarperCollins (Eos) [9]
2009 Krasnostein, AlisaAlisa Krasnostein & Tehani Wessely New Ceres Nights Twelfth Planet Press [9]
2009 Stevenson, KeithKeith Stevenson X6 Coeur de Lion Publishing [9]
2009 Strahan, JonathanJonathan Strahan Eclipse 2 Night Shade Books [9]
2010 Strahan, JonathanJonathan Strahan & Marianne S. Jablon Wings of Fire Night Shade Books [10]
2010 Challis, AngelaAngela Challis & Marty Young Macabre: A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears Brimstone Press [11]
2010 Krasnostein, AlisaAlisa Krasnostein Sprawl Twelfth Planet Press [11]
2010 Pillar, AmandaAmanda Pillar & Pete Kempshall Scenes from the Second Storey Morrigan Books [11]
2010 Strahan, JonathanJonathan Strahan Godlike Machines SF Book Club [11]

^ I Publisher names in parentheses indicate the imprint under which the book was published.

See also

  • Ditmar Award, an Australian science fiction award established in 1969


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