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Winners

2020 winner Whom My Soul Loves Rivqa Rafael , 2019 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Strange Horizons , 11 November 2019;
2019 winner The Heart of Owl Abbas Kathleen Jennings , 2018 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Tor.com Fiction , April 2018;

'A composer in an unstable city-state accidentally discovers the perfect singer for his work—a clockwork man—and sows the seeds of revolution.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner A Pearl Beyond Price Janeen Webb , 2017 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Cthulhu Deep Down Under : Volume 1 2017;
2017 winner No Fat Chicks Cat Sparks , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: In Your Face 2016; (p. 1-18)

In the near future, a mystery virus has rendered all women obese, and one group of male friends are not coping with the new world order at all well.

2016 winner A Hedge of Yellow Roses Kathleen Jennings , 2015 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Hear Me Roar 2015; (p. 111-128) The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015 2017;
2015 winner The Seventh Relic Cat Sparks , 2014 single work short story
— Appears in: Phantazein 2014; (p. 89-106) Focus 2014 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2015;
2014 winner Scarp Cat Sparks , 2013 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: The Bride Price 2013; (p. 201-226) Focus 2013 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2014;
2013 winner The Wisdom of Ants Thoraiya Dyer , 2012 single work short story fantasy science fiction
— Appears in: Clarkesworld , December vol. 75 no. 2012; Focus 2012 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2013;
2011 winner 'She Said' Kirstyn McDermott , 2010 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Scenes from the Second Storey 2010; (p. 21-40) The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2010 2011; (p. 399-412) Novascapes : Speculative Fiction from the Hunter Region Volume 1 2014;
2011 winner All the Love in the World Cat Sparks , 2010 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Sprawl 2010; (p. 261-283) Year's Best SF 16 2011; (p. 139-159) The Bride Price 2013; (p. 119-136)
2010 winner Seventeen Cat Sparks , 2009 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Masques 2009; (p. 129-142) The Bride Price 2013; (p. 103-118)
2009 joint winner The Goosle Margo Lanagan , 2008 single work short story fantasy horror
— Appears in: The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy : Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction's Finest Voices 2008; (p. 199-214) Award Winning Australian Writing 2009 2009; (p. 67-84) Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Fifth Annual Volume 2010; (p. 334-349) Nightmare , February no. 5 2013;
An interpretation of the fairy story Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm.
Joint winner with Dirk Flinthart's 'This Is Not My Story'.
2007 winner The Fear of White Rjurik Davidson , 2006 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Borderlands , May no. 7 2006; (p. 85-97)
2006 winner Fresh Young Widow Kaaron Warren , 2005 single work short story horror
— Appears in: The Grinding House 2005; (p. 5-19) Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror : Volume One 2006; (p. 51-69) The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Volume 2 2006; (p. 161-180) The Glass Woman 2007; (p. 9-25) Dead Sea Fruit 2010; (p. 57-73)

A recently bereaved widow 'holds a revered position in a mythical village: her all-important task is to sheath the newly dead in clay, so that they can be built into the wall that surrounds the village. This morbid but honourable task is reflected in Warren’s own writing: she’s taken a potentially gruesome topic and rendered it in such beautifully crafted prose that it becomes a work of art. Her juxtaposition of the villagers — with their religious fervour and long-held traditions — and her grieving central character’s budding cynicism, creates a poignant, melancholy dichotomy' (Tim Kroenert, Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus).

2005 winner Singing My Sister Down Margo Lanagan , 2004 single work short story science fiction horror fantasy (taught in 3 units)
— Appears in: Black Juice 2004; (p. 1-18) Sunset : Penguin Australian Summer Stories 2005; (p. 203-216) The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Volume 1 2005; (p. 15-26) The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection 2005; (p. 337-343) Black Juice 2005; (p. 3-16) Black Juice 2006; (p. 1-16)
2004 winner A Room for Improvement Trudi Canavan , 2003 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Forever Shores : Fiction of the Fantastic 2003; (p. 321-332)
2003 winner King of All and the Metal Sentinel Deborah Biancotti , 2002 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Agog! Fantastic Fiction : 29 Tales of Fantasy, Imagination and Wonder 2002; (p. 8-16) A Book of Endings 2009; (p. 173-183)
2002 joint winner The Diamond Pit Jack Dann , 2001 single work novella
— Appears in: Jubilee 2001; (p. 7-76) The Best Australian Science Fiction Writing : A Fifty Year Collection 2004; (p. 517-579)
2002 joint winner Absolute Uncertainty Lucy Sussex , 2001 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Fantasy and Science Fiction , April vol. 100 no. 4 2001; Wonder Years : The Ten Best Stories From a Decade Past 2003; (p. 289-313) A Tour Guide in Utopia 2005; (p. 234-262) Absolute Uncertainty : Short Fiction 2006; (p. 104-135) Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies : The Essential Lucy Sussex 2011; (p. 325-349)
2001 joint winner The Saltimbanques Terry Dowling , 2000 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Eidolon : The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy , Autumn no. 29/30 2000; (p. 187-207) Blackwater Days 2000; (p. 89-120) The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror : Fourteenth Annual Collection 2001; (p. 127-146) Basic Black : Tales of Appropriate Fear 2006; (p. 129-152)
2001 joint winner The Devotee Stephen Dedman , Jeremy Richard Reston (illustrator), 2000 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Eidolon : The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy , Autumn no. 29/30 2000; (p. 148-177) Year’s Best SF 6 2001;
2000 winner Written in Blood Chris Lawson , 1999 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Centaurus : The Best of Australian Science Fiction 1999; (p. 102-115) Year's Best SF 5 2000; (p. 186-203) Written in Blood 2003; (p. 137-151)

— Appears in: Galaxies , March no. 20 2001; (p. 85-98)
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