About Us

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.

Editor / Publisher – Dirk Strasser

Dirk Strasser has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His fiction – including his fantasy trilogy The Books of Ascension: Zenith, Equinox and Eclipse, and the short stories in his collection, Stories of the Sand – has been translated into a number of languages.

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.

Production Manager – Volker Strasser

Associate Editors – Scott Vandervalk and Terry Woods

Art Director – Lucy Strasser

Website Manager – James Firkins

Submissions Managers – Cas Le Nevez and Shel Sweeney

Digital Content Coordinator – Michael Pryor

Reviews Editor – Deanne Sheldon-Collins

Editorial Team –

Julian Beath, Laura Birch, Taelor Carmichael, David Catt, Mark Fazackerley, Helen Fletcher, Brianna Flynn, Chris Foster, Emily Fox, Robert Goodman, Bronwyn Gregory, Steve Hocking, Jess Howard, Lachlan Huddy, Maree Kimberley, Paul Kotsabouikis, Michelle Kurrle, Cas Le Nevez, Aimée Lindorff, Sandra Makaresz, Emma Mann, Rebecca McEwen, Victoria McGlynn, Stephanie McLeay, Leah Milanovic, Alex Ness, Karen Parks, Megan Smith, James Spence, Shel Sweeney, Scott Vandervalk, Cassandra White, Terry Wood and Lea Z