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Aurealis Awards & give-aways

The Aurealis Award shortlists have been announced, & winners will be made public at a presentation on 12-May at North Sydney’s Independent Theatre. You can still get tickets to the event (catered – and with booze!) at the Aurealis Awards website. It was a record-breaking year for entries in most sections, I hear. It definitely was for the category I was judging: we practically tripled last year’s number of entries.

I’m very proud that BAD POWER from Twelfth Planet Press made the shortlist for Best Collection amidst a strong field of contenders – Paul Haines, Sue Isle, Lisa L. Hannett and Tansy Rayner Roberts – & a big year for collections overall. BAD POWER can be purchased in print or ePub at the Twelfth Planet Press online shop & all good bookshops.

I’m *also* proud to see Gilgamesh Press’s ISHTAR novella anthology in the Best Anthology section. ISHTAR was recently reviewed at the awesome Thirteen O’Clock website: “This collection is a bold and clever book, with three writers taking very old stories and breathing new life into them. The Ishtar mythology on which the stories are based is renewed by the words of these three.”

ISHTAR is available for Kindle for only a few bucks, & is available in other formats on the Gilgamesh Press shop. The print release should be available soonish, too.

ISHTAR contains my first novella – a form I’m finding myself quickly addicted to, alas (‘cos, where can I send ’em for publication, they are quite long??), which I kinda tongue-in-cheek called “And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living”, a reference to a particular piece of Ishtar mythology I came across during my research. To my delight, “And the Dead…” is also up for an Aurealis Award in the category of Best Horror Short Story. There I am again, alongside Paul Haines & Lisa L. Hannett, Margo Lanagan & Angela Slatter. Such awesome company.

Give-away #1: If you’re interested in reading my AA-shortlisted novella – set in modern day Sydney, in present tense, as Detective Garner investigates the strange & terrible deaths of male prostitutes on her beat, which leads her eventually to confront the very goddess Ishtar herself – email me at rous AT deborahbiancotti.net for a PDF of the novella.

I’m mad keen for people to read my story, ‘cos I’m not sure I’ve ever had so much fun writing anything, ever. Go on, send an email or drop your email address into the comments for a free PDF. Hopefully it will even whet your appetites to buy the whole AA-nominated anthology so you can read the awesome ISHTAR novellas by Kaaron Warren & Cat Sparks.

Give-away #2: If you’d like a chance to win a print copy of either ISHTAR or BAD POWER (your choice!), answer this question in the comments: who’s your favourite fictional woman, & what makes her so awesome?

And finally, as convenor of the Illustrated Book/Graphic Novels category, I’m very, VERY proud of the shortlist Andy Buchanan, Zoe Wadsworth & myself put together of 5 strong, remarkable works from a field of 23 entries this year. They are all wonderful & you should read them all & support our burgeoning local graphic novel industry:

“Hidden” by Mirranda Burton (author and illustrator ) (Black Pepper)
“Torn” by Andrew Constant (author) and Joh James (illustrator ), additional illustrators Nicola Scott, Emily Smith (Gestalt Publishing)
“Salsa Invertebraxa” by Mozchops (author and illustrator) (Pecksniff Press)
“The Eldritch Kid: Whiskey and Hate” by Christian Read (author) and Michael Maier (illustrator) (Gestalt Publishing)
“The Deep: Here be Dragons” by Tom Taylor (author) and James Brouwer (illustrator) (Gestalt Publishing)

Read the full list of shortlistees in the Press Release.

11 comments on “Aurealis Awards & give-aways”

  1. Matthew JC. Powell says:

    I’d love to read your novella — sounds really interesting.

    I’m loving/em> Bad Power by the way.

  2. deborahb says:

    Sweet! You’d like the novella, then, it has a few similarities though they were written several years apart (& both published last year). I can send the PDF to the email address you’ve used here, if you’re interested?

  3. Tsana says:

    Ooh, I’d love a copy of Ishtar (and I already have Bad Power, albeit in ebook form). Your novella in it sounds similar in style to Bad Power, which I loved.

    My favourite female character is probably Marla from Jennifer Fallon’s Hythrun Chronicles. I like how she works her way up (using brains!) from miscellaneous princess married off for political gain, to matriarch more or less running the whole country.

  4. deborahb says:

    It does have some similarities, though written years apart. I think I’m starting my ‘strong fem cop protagonist’ phase. ;p Glad you enjoyed Bad Power!

    Nice choice! She sounds awesome. Winners announced next week.

  5. Nancy Napoleon from Siren Beat, because she’s not your ordinary Urban Fantasy heroine, with a halter top and a tribal tat. She’s disfigured, yet powerful and sexy and desirable, oh and an Aussie, oh and written by one of my fave authors.

  6. deborahb says:

    Good answer! :) Yay for Tansy Rayner Roberts (*plug, plug* *buy the book at Twelfth Planet Press*).

  7. Was the first book I read of Tansy’s, been a fan ever since

  8. Mihai A. says:

    I have both electronic copies of “Ishtar” and “Bad Power”, but since I like to have the books I loved in physical format too, I would love a copy of “Bad Power”. I also dream of signed copy, but that is a dream for now :)

    I thought long at favourite fictional feminine characters, because I do like so many. I’ll go for Carrie white though. In honour of Stephen King and of the first horror book that inflicted my love for this genre. Also it was a very strong character. Carrie’s traumas, her wishes and dreams and the final breakdown makes her an unforgettable character.

  9. deborahb says:

    Oh, good point, she is a memorable character!

  10. Helen Patrice says:

    So many favourite female fictional characters to choose from….
    Corinna Chapman from the ‘Earthly Delights’ series by Kerry Greenwood. She’s not a traditionally shaped heroine, she loves food, she holds down a full time job, foils criminals, lives in Melbourne, and has a funky bunch of friends and neighbours.

  11. deborahb says:

    Eeek, sorry it took me so long to find your answer, Helen! Ah, yes, a Kerry Greenwood character, of course! :))

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