For the past two years, I have been a judge for the Aurealis Awards. For 2014, I was part of the panel for the Horror short story and Horror novel categories. Between us, we read hundreds of submissions and whittled them down to a shortlist and eventual winners in each category.
Best Horror short story was awarded to Angela Slatter for “Home and Hearth” and best Horror novel was awarded to Justine Larbalestier for “Razorhurst”. Both very well-deserved wins.
The ceremony was held in Canberra with a 1990s theme (who doesn’t love that) which meant lots of Spice Girls and glorious hat fashion abounded. It was a boozy, buzzy event that went on long into the night and was great fun to attend.
Judging is a great deal of hard work, but is also incredibly enjoyable as it gives a good window in the genre writing world of Australian publishing.
This year, I’ve been honoured to be part of the Fantasy short story committee, and while I can’t say much, I can say there have been some stellar stories as part of the process. I’m looking forward to the ceremony (this time in Brisbane) later in the year.