2020 Aurealis Awards Shortlist Announced

The 2020 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. From their website: ‘Congratulations to all the finalists, and a huge thanks to our panelists who have read an enormous number of entered works to pare it down for these amazing shortlists. With nearly 850 entries across the 15 categories, that is no small feat!’

In the horror categories:


“The Genetic Alchemist’s Daughter”, Elaine Cuyegkeng (Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, Omnium Gatherum)

“The Bone Fairy”, Martin Livings (Midnight Echo 15, Australasian Horror Writers Association)

“Phoenix Pharmaceuticals”, Jessica Nelson-Tyers (Cancer, The Zodiac Series, #7, Deadset Press) 

“Many Mouths to Make a Meal”, Garth Nix (Final Cuts, Blumhouse/Anchor)

“How We Felt”, Helena O’Connor (Aurealis #136)


The Attic Tragedy, J Ashley-Smith (Meerkat Press)

The Cockroach King, Andrew Cull (Beneath Hell Publishing)

“Foundations”, Michael Gardner (Writers of the Future Volume 36, Galaxy Press)

“Bad Weather”, Robert Hood (Outback Horrors Down Under, Things in The Well)

“The Saltbush Queen”, Chris Mason (Outback Horrors Down Under, Things in The Well) 


Soul Survivor, Daniel de Lorne (Scarlo Media)

An Enigma in Silver, Simon Haynes (Bowman Press)

None Shall Sleep, Ellie Marney (Allen & Unwin) 

Monstrous Heart, Claire McKenna (Harper Voyager) 

Gutterbreed, Marty Young (Eclectic Trio Press)

Details about the Awards ceremony will be published soon.

The full shortlist can be found HERE, and it’s a list well worth checking out as there is some fantastic Aussie spec-fic you will want to add to your reading pile.

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