The AAs, as they are known for short, are Australia's Spec Fic Awards and this year I'll be going to cheer for fellow RORer, Tansy Rayner Roberts. I wouldn't miss the chance to wear a little black dress and drink champagne while catching up with everyone in the Spec fic world from across Australia!
The ROR team will be cheering for our Tansy. Her 'Siren Beat, published by Twelth Planet Press is a finalist in the Best Fantasy Short Story section.
Tansy also has a shorlisting in the YA short story section with her Shiny #5 story, 'Like Us'.
Peter M Ball must be tap dacing on the ceiling with three shortlistings in two sections. And Sean Williams (ever the bridesmaid never the bride) is shortlisted twice for the 20th (?) time. Maybe this year he'll win.
But, as Sean will tell you, it is just a buzz to be shortlisted. The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 and they are peer judged. Having served 5 years as a volunteer, I know it is a big job that requires dedication from the volunteers who read the entries and agonise over the shortlisting, and from those who coordinate the process and the gala ceremony.
Best of luck to everyone whose work has been shortlisted and many thanks to the AA team. See you there on the 23rd of January. Tickets available from the Judith Wright Centre Boxoffice and Pulp Fiction Books, Brisbane.
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