It’s always exciting when the Aurealis Awards shortlists come out! Every separate category is judged by a different panel of industry professionals and volunteers – editors, writers, librarians, reviewers, etc. So there’s lots of diversity and often quite a few surprises. This year it’s definitely worth noting the number of small press and self-published works among the novels – usually the bigger publishers dominate the novel category, and it’s only a year or two ago that these shortlists included their first EVER self-published title.
I’m very proud to see Fablecroft and Twelfth Planet so strongly represented, a massive shout out to Jo Anderton for having a year of Many Nominations (they don’t come along every year!), and I can’t say I’m not delighted to have my own Ink Black Magic right there on the Fantasy Novel shortlist.
More info about the awards can be found at www.aurealisawards.com