Aurealis Award for best collection

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Aurealis Award for best collection
The Aurealis Award design is often placed on the winning book's cover as a promotional tool.[1]
Awarded for Excellence in speculative fiction collections
Presented by Chimaera Publications,
SpecFaction NSW
Country Australia
First awarded 2008
Currently held by Angela Slatter
Official website Official site

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and SpecFaction NSW 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 collection category. The award for best collection was first awarded in 2008 along with two other categories; best anthology and best illustrated book or graphic novel to replace the discontinued Golden Aurealis awards.[2][6]

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. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. 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 Author Editor Collection Publisher Ref
2008 Williams, SeanSean Williams* Farr, Russell B.Russell B. Farr* Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams Ticonderoga Publications [7]
2008 Hood, RobertRobert Hood Creeping in Reptile Flesh Altair Australia Books [7]
2009 Egan, GregGreg Egan*[I] Oceanic Gollancz [8]
2009 Biancotti, DeborahDeborah Biancotti Krasnostein, AlisaAlisa Krasnostein A Book of Endings Twelfth Planet Press [8]
2009 Haines, PaulPaul Haines Maloney, GeoffreyGeoffrey Maloney Slice of Life The Mayne Press [8]
2009 Matthews, RobbieRobbie Matthews Hanson, DonnaDonna Hanson Johnny Phillips Werewolf Detective Australian Speculative Fiction [8]
2010 Slatter, AngelaAngela Slatter The Girl With No Hands Ticonderoga Publications [9]
2010 Davidson, RjurikRjurik Davidson The Library of Forgotten Books PS Publishing [10]
2010 Franklin, BobBob Franklin Under Stones Affirm Press [10]
2010 Slatter, AngelaAngela Slatter Sourdough and Other Stories Tartarus Press [10]
2010 Warren, KaaronKaaron Warren Dead Sea Fruit Ticonderoga Publications [10]

^ I Greg Egan declined to accept the award for Oceanic.[11]

See also

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


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  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Aurealis Awards Finalists 2010" (PDF). SpecFaction NSW. Archived from the original on 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  11. "Finalists and Winners". Aurealis Awards. Archived from the original on 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 

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