After 18 years the Aurealis Awards, Australia's premier awards for speculative fiction, finally make it to the nation’s capital. The owner of the Aurealis Awards, Chimaera Publications – the publishers of the Aurealis magazine and book imprint – have reached agreement for Conflux Inc to administer the Awards for the next two years.
The Awards’ founder, Dirk Strasser says, “SpecFaction NSW took the Aurealis Awards to new levels of professionalism during its three years in Sydney, and the energy, enthusiasm and experience in the Conflux team indicates the awards will be raised to even greater heights. With Canberra now joining past hosts Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, we can truly claim the Aurealis Awards as fully national.”
Conflux Inc President Nicole Murphy said Canberra and the Aurealis Awards would be a great match. “Conflux has always had the support and promotion of Australian writing as an important part of our charter, and we’re delighted to be hosting Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards,” she said. “Canberra has a long history of involvement with science fiction and we’re going to do everything we can to make the coming ceremonies match up to that history.”
Currently the awards are calling for expressions of interest frompotential judges. Information can be found at the Aurealis Awards websitewww.aurealisawards.com. Judging is open to any Australian with a love for speculative fiction and a willingness to read and judge the best works published this year.