Aurealis is Australia's most successful SF/fantasy magazine. Our aim when we released our first issue in September 1990 was to produce something that had never been produced before in Australia: a professional mass market SF/fantasy magazine. We've been doing that ever since. Before Aurealis there were hundreds of thousands of avid SF/fantasy readers in Australia, but the amount of Australian SF they were reading was miniscule. Now most of the major publishers in Australia have a local SF/fantasy list. Aurealis has provided a steady, reliable market for established writers, has launched dozens of new writers who are now becoming established, and in 1995 instituted the Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction.
While our emphasis has been to increase the profile of Australian SF, we have always recognised the global nature of SF. Aurealis Online will take this recognition further, and with this website we hope to bring Australian science fiction and fantasy into the global SF community.
In October 2011 Aurealis became a monthly epublication (published every month except January and December).
We are open to unsolicited submissions or email. Please read our Submission Guidelines plus some back issues before you submit your work.
Who's who at Aurealis
Editor / Publisher - Dirk Strasser
Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books for major publishers in Australia and has been editing magazines and anthologies since 1990. He won a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement and has been shortlisted for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards a number of times. His fantasy novels - including Zenith and Equinox- were originally published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and Heyne Verlag in Germany. His children's horror/fantasy novel, Graffiti, was published by Scholastic. His short fiction has been translated into a number of languages. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.
Editor / Publisher - Stephen Higgins
Stephen Higgins is a playwright, short story writer and awards judge. He co-founded Chimaera Publications in 1990 and has co-published Aurealis for over 20 years. He has won a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. Stephen currently teaches High School English and plays guitar in a band. Like many thousands of others, he is working on a novel.
Editor / Publisher - Michael Pryor
Michael Pryor has written over 25 novels, has been shortlisted six times for the Aurealis Award and nominated for a Ditmar Award. His short stories have twice been featured in Gardner Dozois' 'Highly Recommended' lists in The Year's Best Science Fiction and The Year's Best Fantasy. Seven of his books have been CBC Notable Books, he has been longlisted for a Golden Inky and shortlisted for the WAYBRA Award. He also twice won the Best and Fairest Award at West Brunswick Amateur Football Club.