Aurealis Awards 2022

The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis magazine, to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. The awards originally comprised four categories: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and young adult. A fifth category for children’s fiction was added in 2001. The YA and children’s categories cover works in all three speculative fiction genres. The list of finalists and winners have increased the profile of Australian science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and provide an essential reading list for anyone interested in these genres.

The 2022 Shortlist titles are below, the winners for each category will be announced on Saturday 28 May. Why not borrow and read one or more before the award ceremony and see if you can pick the winner(s)!

Best Children’s Fiction

Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work

  • The CuriositiesZana Fraillon & Phil Lesnie (illustrator)
  • Treasure in the lake – Jason Pamment
  • Mechanix – Ben Slabak & Edoardo Natalini 
  • Killeroo: semper fidelis – Matthew Soall & Ignacio Di Meglio (illustrator).

Best Anthology

Best Young Adult Novel

Best Horror Novel

Best Fantasy Novel

Best Science Fiction Novel

Sara Douglass Book Series Award 2021– special periodic award for a book series ending between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2020.

  • Lifespan of starlight – Thalia Kalkipsakis
    • Lifespan of Starlight (2015); Split Infinity (2016); Edge of Time (2018)
  • Elementals – Amie Kaufman
    • Ice Wolves (2018); Scorch Dragons (2019); Battle Born (2020)
  • Unearthed – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
    • Unearthed (2017); Undying (2018)
  • Lifelike – Jay Kristoff
    • LIFEL1K3 (2018); DEV1AT3 (2019); TRUEL1F3 (2020)
  • Winter – Mark Smith
    • The Road to Winter (2016); Wilder Country (2017); Land of Fences (2019)
  • Blood & Gold – Kim Wilkins
    • Crown of Rowan (enovella, 2014); Daughters of the Storm (2014); Sisters of the Fire (2016); Queens of the Sea (2019).

NOTE – There are a few titles that are independently published and may not be able to be purchased via our approved Library suppliers. These titles may either be delayed or not able to be supplied. Library catalogue links to these titles will be added when availability is confirmed and items have been ordered.