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Writers Victoria Science Fiction and Fantasy workshops

Writers Victoria has some upcoming workshops and talks focused on genre writing that might be of interest to Aurealis.

Spec Fic Masterclass with Marianne de Pierres
Saturday 27 September – Geelong

Spec Fic Masterclass with Marianne de Pierres
Sunday 28 September – Melbourne

Oh the Horror with Dmetri Kakmi
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October – Melbourne

Re-spinning the Magic of Fairytales with Kate Forsyth
Friday 14 November – Melbourne

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CALLING FOR ENTRIES: 2014 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction

The Australian Writers’ Guild is looking for exceptional Science Fiction Scripts – Produced and Unproduced.

$10,000 will be awarded to the winner of the prize for produced work.

The writer of the best unproduced script will meet with, and have their script considered by, a leading genre producer – with all travel costs covered.


The 2014 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction is open for entrants and will now cater for both produced and unproduced works.

Thanks to a generous bequest from the legendary Australian film critic John Hinde, the Australian Writers Guild (AWG) presents the 2014 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction.

The purpose of the award is to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media.

This year’s John Hinde Award also aims to encourage the production of new, innovative and exciting work in the science fiction genre in Australia by providing an avenue for unproduced works to enter.

The Prize

  • A $10,000 cash prize will be going to the winner of the produced category.
  • The winning script of the unproduced category will be read by an experienced genre producer and the writer will be set up with a meeting with an industry professional hand-selected for the specific piece of work. Associated travel expenses will be covered by the AWG/John Hinde Bequest.


To encourage and promote Sci-Fi the way John Hinde intended the scope of eligible entries has been expanded. Subgenres and cross genre pieces will now be accepted and encouraged, from horror-hybrids or post-apocalypses – the AWG wants to see it!

To apply for the John Hinde Award, please submit the 2014 John Hinde Award Application Form. Submissions close 9am Monday 22nd September 2014.

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How much do you love reading science fiction, fantasy and/or horror?

Aurealis is looking to expand its team of Readers.

If you love science fiction, fantasy and/or horror, feel you have a discerning eye for a good story, and would like to read and assess short story submissions to Aurealis, please contact our Submissions Manager, Adrik, at submissions <at> aurealis <dot> com <dot> au with your expression of interest by 22 August 2014.  Please include the titles of the three novels you last read, plus the titles of your favourite novel and your favourite short story and why they are your favourites in 50-100 words.


Best of Aurealis anthology announced – vote now to have a say!

As part of our twenty-fifth-year birthday celebration in 2015, we will be publishing our all-time top twenty-five Aurealis stories in our Best of Aurealis anthology both in print and as an eBook. As one of the first steps we are now asking you to vote for what you consider the best three of the twenty Aurealis stories first published in our epublication form in 2011 and 2012. Please make sure your choices are registered by the 25th of April, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates on opportunities to influence which stories will be selected.


Celebrate 500 Aurealis FaceBook Page Likes with free issues!

To celebrate reaching 500 Likes on the Aurealis Facebook Page, we’re going to make 5 issues of Aurealis (#51, #52, #53, #54 & #55) FREE for 24 HOURS starting from 5.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) Monday 13 January and finishing 5.00pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 14 January.  Grab the issues from here:


10 Aurealis Stories make the Tangent Online 2013 Recommended Reading List


Tangent, the genre's premiere review magazine for short SF & Fantasy, has listed ten Aurealis stories in its 2013 Recommended Reading List, including two with 2 stars and one with 3 stars.  With very few exceptions, the other stories on the list are from professionally paying markets as defined by SFWA (5c/wd). Here are the Aurealis stories that made the list:


 Monday-Child” by C.S. McMullen (Aurealis #57, 2/13)) F


Where Colossi Sleep” by Daniel Baker (Aurealis #57, 2/13) SF*


Catspaw” by James Bradley (Aurealis #60 5/13) F**


“Kernel” by Sean Monaghan (Aurealis #61, 6/13) SF


Remnants” by Dan Rabarts (Aurealis #62, 7/13) F*


“The Pillar of the Small God” by Gerry Huntman (Aurealis #63, 8/13) SF*


“Prophet” by Liam Pieper (Aurealis #63, 8/13) SF*


“Intelligent Design” by Marta Salek (Aurealis #64, 9/13) SF***


“Poppies” by S G Larner (Aurealis #65, 10/13) F*


“Butcher’s Hook” by Jason Franks (Aurealis #65, 10/13) F**