Well, award season is on us and I have to say, I’m both stunned and ecstatic about the shortlists that are coming out. Australia has three national genre awards – the Aurealis Awards (covering Australian fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, and jury voted), the Ditmar Awards (covering Australian fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, and fan voted), and the Australian Shadows Awards (covering Aus and NZ dark fiction, and jury voted). All three shortlists of finalists have been announced now and my dark novel about gangsters, corrupt cops and supernatural assassins, DEVOURING DARK, is on all three of them! What the actual fuck!? So awesome. Devouring Dark is a finalist for Best Fantasy Novel in the Aurealis Awards and Best Novel in both the Ditmar Awards and the Australian Shadows Awards. And as if that wasn’t enough, my story about bullying and cyber-weirdness, “Crying Demon”, from the anthology Suspended in Dusk 2, is a finalist in the Best Fantasy Short Story category of the Aurealis Awards. Amazing.
All these awards really do showcase the cream of ANZ genre fiction, so to see my work among the other incredible finalists is a real honour. Here are all the full shortlists for each award:
Huge congratulations to all the nominees, and massive thanks to all the judges and everyone who makes these things happen.