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Winners

2019 winner y separately published work icon Collision : Stories J. S. Breukelaar , Atlanta : Meerkat Press , 2019 15647027 2019 selected work short story

'A collection of twelve of J.S. Breukelaar's darkest, finest stories with four new works, including the uncanny new novella "Ripples on a Blank Shore." Introduction by award-winning author, Angela Slatter. Relish the Gothic strangeness of "Union Falls," the alien horror of "Rogues Bay 3013," the heartbreaking dystopia of "Glow," the weird mythos of "Ava Rune," and others.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon Tales from the Inner City Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14152497 2018 selected work single work short story poetry prose art work

'Where can we live if not in each other's shadow? World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his unique imagination to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban coexistence. From crocodile to frog, tiger to bee, this is a dark and surreal exploration of the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict—of how animals can save us, and how our lives are forever entwined, for better or for worse. Tales from the Inner City is a masterful work, bearing all of Shaun Tan's trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 winner y separately published work icon The Silver Well Kim Wilkins , Kate Forsyth , Nedlands : Ticonderoga Publications , 2017 11555271 2017 selected work short story

'One English village. Two thousand years of stories.

'People have always come to make wishes at the Silver Well: in Pagan times and Christian, during revolution and war. When Rosie arrives in the tiny village of Cerne Abbas with a broken heart, she becomes connected across the centuries with others who have yearned for something. Seven stories, set in seven time periods, reveal the deepest longings of the human heart.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 winner y separately published work icon A Feast of Sorrows : Stories Angela Slatter , Canton : Prime Books , 2016 9535080 2016 selected work short story

'A Feast of Sorrows―Angela Slatter’s first U.S. collection―features twelve of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning Australian author’s finest, darkest fairy tales, and adds two new novellas to her marvelous cauldron of fiction. Stories peopled by women and girls―fearless, frightened, brave, bold, frail, and fantastical―who take the paths less traveled by, accept (and offer) poisoned apples, and embrace transformation in all its forms. Reminiscent of Angela Carter at her best, Slatter’s work is both timeless and fresh: fascinating new reflections from the enchanted mirrors of fairy tales and folklore.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2015 winner y separately published work icon To Hold the Bridge : Tales from the Old Kingdom and Beyond Garth Nix , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8348626 2015 selected work short story

'This is a masterful short story collection including a rarely seen Old Kingdom novella. Garth Nix proves he is a master of the short story with this intriguing collection of tales. Leading with the novella to hold the bridge, fans of Garth Nix will be more than satisfied with the richly detailed and thrilling tale of Charter Magic and a deathly duel. Fans new and old will delight in the subsequent tales, including fantasy and science fiction, with witches, vampires, strange worlds and stranger creatures making their appearance.' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon The Female Factory Lisa L. Hannett , Angela Slatter , Yokine : Twelfth Planet Press , 2015 8141553 2015 selected work short story

'In The Female Factory, procreation is big business. Children are a commodity few women can afford.

'Hopeful mothers-to-be try everything. Fertility clinics. Pills. Wombs for hire. Babies are no longer made in bedrooms, but engineered in boardrooms. A quirk of genetics allows lucky surrogates to carry multiple eggs, to control when they are fertilised, and by whom—but corporations market and sell the offspring. The souls of lost embryos are never wasted; captured in software, they give electronics their voice. Spirits born into the wrong bodies can brave the charged waters of a hidden billabong, and change their fate. Industrious orphans learn to manipulate scientific advances, creating mothers of their own choosing.

'From Australia’s near-future all the way back in time to its convict past, these stories spin and sever the ties between parents and children.' (Publication summary)

2013 winner y separately published work icon The Bone-chime Song and Other Stories Joanne Anderton , FableCroft Publishing , 2013 6359984 2013 selected work short story fantasy science fiction horror

'Enter a world where terrible secrets are hidden in a wind chime’s song.

Where crippled witches build magic from scrap.

And the beautiful dead dance for eternity.

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories collects the finest science fiction and horror short stories from award-winning writer Joanne Anderton. From mechanical spells scavenging a derelict starship to outback zombies and floating gardens of bone, these stories blur the lines between genres. A mix of freakish horror, dark visions of the future and the just plain weird, Anderton’s tales will draw you in – but never let you get comfortable' (publisher website).

2012 winner y separately published work icon That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote Kirsten Bishop , United States of America (USA) : Kirsten Bishop , 2012 6017721 2012 selected work short story

'Duellists in a decadent urban dream. Lost creatures in a bizarre post-apocalypse. Fables lingering into almost-modern worlds. From hallucinatory surrealism to human dramas at the fuzzy edges of reality, these stories and poems by the author of The Etched City are by turns exuberant, poignant, darkly funny and delightfully deranged, all showcasing the inventive magic of an acclaimed literary fantasist. Includes Aurealis Award winner 'The Heart of a Mouse' and two stories in the world of The Etched City, one previously unpublished. ' (Publisher's blurb)

2011 winner y separately published work icon Bluegrass Symphony Lisa L. Hannett , Greenwood : Ticonderoga Publications , 2011 Z1770374 2011 selected work short story novella horror fantasy 'Australian author Hannett's first collection shows off her fondness for lush imagery, unsettling concepts, indirect prose, and multilayered plots. "Carousel" features a girl trapped in a shed by her oppressive father; her attempts to escape elicit the sympathy of unusual rescuers. "Depot to Depot" spins the tale of a trucker who takes unexpected passengers on a strange detour. "Down the Hollow" looks at the sacrifices people must make to appease the Earth and the ways such a negotiation can go wrong. The 12 stories, all but one original to this volume, push boundaries and experiment with style, form, and meaning, rarely straightforward and often hovering between fantasy and horror. By no means an easy read, this is a collection for fans of weirdness, wonder, and oft-disturbing twists.'

Source: Ticonderoga website, http://www.ticonderogapublications.com/
Sighted: 25/07/2012
2010 winner y separately published work icon The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales Angela Slatter , Greenwood : Ticonderoga Publications , 2010 Z1756788 2010 selected work short story 'Sixteen tales, complex and beautiful. Fairytales told the way they used to be, throughout the generations before such stories were written and printed. Tales of caution and learning; remarkable and memorable.
What you find in these pages will not be easily forgotten.' (Publisher's blurb)
2009 winner y separately published work icon Oceanic Greg Egan , London : Gollancz , 2009 Z1614734 2009 selected work novella short story science fiction

Collected together for the first time are twelve stories by the incomparable Greg Egan, one of those most exciting writers of science fiction working today.

In these glimpses into the future Egan continues to explore the essence of what it is to be human, and the nature of what - and who - we are, in stories that range from parables of contemporary human conflict and ambition to far-future tales of our immortal descendants.

Return to the universe of the meta-civilisation known as the Amalgam, which Egan explored in his critically acclaimed novel Incandescence: 'Riding the Crocodile', which recounts an epic endeavour a million years from now to bridge the divide between the Amalgam and the reclusive Aloof; 'Glory', set in the same future, in which two archaeologists strive to decipher the artefacts of an ancient civilisation, and 'Hot Rock', where an obscure, sunless world conceals mind-spinning technological marvels, bitter fractional struggles, and a many-layered secret history.

This superb collection also includes the title story, the Hugo Award-winning 'Oceanic': a boy is inducted into a religion that becomes centre of his life, but as an adult he must face evidence that casts a new light on his faith.

Oceanic: travel into the worlds of the future in the hands of a master craftsman. (Publisher's blurb)

Egan declined to accept this award.
2008 winner y separately published work icon Magic Dirt : The Best of Sean Williams Sean Williams , Russell B. Farr (editor), Greenwood : Ticonderoga Publications , 2008 Z1549726 2008 selected work short story science fiction horror
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