With Stuart Mayne deciding to concentrate on other projects, the publishers of Aurealis are looking for an editor or editorial team to take over. If you wish to express interest, please send your CV and an outline of what plans or future directions you may have for Aurealis to Dirk Strasser at the email address: publisher <at> aurealis <dot> com <dot> au.
To reiterate the news item of 6 December: office hours will be severely reduced over the summer school holidays. The editor will be on prolonged child minding duties. From 17 December 2010 to 6 February 2011 the office will be open only intermittently, affecting email response times and order shipment.
It will be impossible to read submissions during this time, so the editor is closing the office to ALL submissions over this time. Any submissions delivered during this period will be deleted unread. Submissions open again from 7 February 2011.
After five years at Aurealis, editor Stuart Mayne has decided to resign his position. Issue 45, due out in May 2011, will be the last issue edited by Mayne.
He wrote in aurealisXpress, "When I started out my aim was to give the magazine a new lease of life and to ensure that it continued in a position of strength and security. I have done all those things and more while editing nine issues of the magazine.
I will be continuing my work in the SF community, convening the science fiction novel category of the Aurealis Awards and looking at some future projects for my TMP imprint. But I have some other projects that can’t be delayed any longer. Thank you for your support over the past five years."
If you are a suitably qualified editor (have a Grad Dip/Degree in Editing and Publishing, or have worked as a magazine or book editor in a commercial setting) and would like some information about editing Aurealis, contact the publisher after January 2011 via the following email address: publisher <at> aurealis <dot> com <dot> au.
SpecFaction NSW Inc, the new organiser of the Aurealis Awards, is delighted to announce that HarperVoyager will be the exclusive sponsor of the 2010 awards presented in May next year.
Awards Co-convenor Nathan Burrage said, “The Aurealis Awards are Australia’s premier awards for Speculative Fiction and we’re delighted to be working with one of Australia’s top publishers, HarperVoyager, to present them for the first time in Sydney.”
“SpecFaction is a not for profit organisation and all our members are volunteers. Without the support of a sponsor like HarperVoyager, we could not hope to host the awards.”
HarperVoyager publish some of Australia’s biggest names in Speculative Fiction.
Stephanie Smith, Associate Publisher of HarperVoyager, said “HarperVoyager is delighted to be the sponsor of the Aurealis Awards in 2011. The awards have been instrumental in the development of the speculative fiction genre in Australia and are a source of pride for the genre community. Many Voyager authors have won, or been shortlisted for, the Aurealis Awards over the past 15 years, including such bestselling authors as Sara Douglass, Glenda Larke, Jennifer Fallon and Kylie Chan. Voyager’s enthusiasm for the genre and our commitment to seeing it grow and expand is as strong as ever.”
The Aurealis Awards, Australia's premier awards for genre fiction, are for works of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen, or permanent resident, and published for the first time between 1 November 2009 and 31 December 2010.
Entries close on Friday 31 December 2010. Finalists will be announced in late March 2011 and winners will receive their awards at a gala evening ceremony held in Sydney on Saturday the 21st of May 2011.
All entries are read by an independent panel of judges. As with past awards, sponsorship arrangements do not influence the judging process.
For more information on the Aurealis Awards, or how to enter, please visit www.aurealisawards.com
Office hours will be severely reduced over the summer school holidays. The editor will be on prolonged child minding duties. From 17 December 2010 to 6 February 2011 the office will be open only intermittently, affecting email response times and order shipment.
It will be impossible to read submissions during this time, so the editor is closing the office to ALL submissions over this time. Submissions open again from 7 February 2011.