Aeon Award 2015 Winners!

by Frank Ludlow on 21/11/2016

21 November 2016 – At long last, our eminent panel of Grand JudgesIan Watson, Eileen GunnMichael Carroll and Todd J. McCaffrey, have completed their deliberations and have chosen the three winning stories from the top 6 stories shortlisted during the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2015.

Our utmost congratulations to the authors of the three exceptional winning stories, who will each be published in Albedo One and receive the 1000, 200, and 100 euro prizes, respectively.

1st Place: “The Decline of the Death Artist” by David Shaw Mackenzie
2nd Place: “For Goodness Sake” by Robert O’Rourke
3rd Place: “Listen and You Will See” by Clara Kumagai

We must pass on our sincere commiserations to Christopher Ewing (author of “-Dis-“), Biand Ruhland (author of “Four Riders”) and Daniel Barnett (author of “The Sadie Hawkins”), whose excellent stories made the top 6 of the overall shortlist, but only barely lost out on a spot in the top 3. It was a privilege to consider their fine stories.

Below, you will find the full shortlist, in no particular order, with all author names now revealed. Congratulations once more to all authors who made the shortlist. We can predict further great things from these authors. We must finally thank all the authors who entered the Aeon Award 2015. Your support makes the Aeon Award possible.

“-Dis-“ Christopher Ewing
“Four Riders” Biand Ruhland
“The Sadie Hawkins” Daniel Barnett
“The Decline of the Death Artist” David Shaw Mackenzie
“For Goodness Sake” Robert O’Rourke
“Listen and You Will See” Clara Kumagai
“Fire In The Blood” A.J. Vincent
“Ambisagrus” Tina Williams
“Arcane Sky” Kevin Carr
“A Good Daughter” Ashley Noble
“The Great Hunger” Simon Duddy
“Book 9” Tim Connery
“A Message from the Indigo Courtesan” T.D. Edge
“Survival” Ofir Oz
“Ravensong” Hannah Spencer
“The Turquoise Chamber” C. M. Moncrieff
“The Little People” Phil Busby
“The Bride of Golem” Jonn Venn
“Winter Solstice” Christine Valentor
“The Spaces Inbetween” David Cleden
“Persimmon Wonderseeker and the Mystery of the Deadly Lambshade” Mandy-Suzanne Wong
“Dessert Heads” Rajendra Shepherd
“Damn Nation” Stephen Brady
“Limbs” Jim Horlock
“Spaces Which Are Not Empty” Heath Cowled
“The Moon of Lila-Vihreä” Christine Ballantine
“Coiste Bodhar” Nina Oram
“The Tracker” Tricia N. Glock
“The Dream-killer Waits” John J. Kennedy
“Paul” C.R. Berry
“The Cat in the Cave” John Tuohy
“Sword” Xander Butler
“Once We Destroy The Earth — The Moon Should Be Easy” Barry McKinley
“Northern Lights” Aongus Murtagh
“Pricksong” Zoe Gilbert
“Origins” Jemma Pollari
“The Transmissions” Benjamin Mattice
“The Nowhere” Nathan Jones
“The Deer” Kathleen Naureckas
“Another One” David Halligan
“Variable Star” John Eckelkamp
“Mary’s Plant” Scott Weedman
“Reflection” Jaakko Markus Seppälä
“Dog Island” Natalia Theodoridou
“Ereshem” Anthony Laken
“The Mask” Ruth Knafo Setton
“Beyond Hades” Damien Hannaway

Don’t forget, the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest is open for entries each year from January 1st until the end of November. The Aeon Award short fiction contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

See the full Aeon Award writing competition rules for more.

15 June 2016 – At long last, and with apologies to all for the lengthy wait, the Interim Judges Panel has completed the difficult process of voting for the top 6 stories from the overall shortlist for the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2015.

Our utmost congratulations to the authors of the six chosen stories, listed below (in no particular order, and with author names withheld to ensure impartiality as the contest proceeds). These stories now go to our panel of eminent Grand JudgesIan Watson, Eileen GunnMichael Carroll and Todd J. McCaffrey for the final decision on the three winners.

Listen and You Will See
-Dis-
The Decline of the Death Artist
Four Riders
The Sadie Hawkins
For Goodness Sake

Once the Grand Judges have decided, we will announce the winners here at albedo1.com.

We must also pass our sincere commiserations to the authors of the remaining shortlisted stories, listed below, whose fine work was not chosen this time (all story rights are now returned to the authors). Thank you all for entering. Your support makes the Aeon Award possible. With apologies again for the delay in announcing these results, it is with great pride that we now reveal your names alongside your stories.

“Fire In The Blood” A.J. Vincent
“Ambisagrus” Tina Williams
“Arcane Sky” Kevin Carr
“A Good Daughter” Ashley Noble
“The Great Hunger” Simon Duddy
“Book 9” Tim Connery
“A Message from the Indigo Courtesan” T.D. Edge
“Survival” Ofir Oz
“Ravensong” Hannah Spencer
“The Turquoise Chamber” C. M. Moncrieff
“The Little People” Phil Busby
“The Bride of Golem” Jonn Venn
“Winter Solstice” Christine Valentor
“The Spaces Inbetween” David Cleden
“Persimmon Wonderseeker and the Mystery of the Deadly Lambshade” Mandy-Suzanne Wong
“Dessert Heads” Rajendra Shepherd
“Damn Nation” Stephen Brady
“Limbs” Jim Horlock
“Spaces Which Are Not Empty” Heath Cowled
“The Moon of Lila-Vihreä” Christine Ballantine
“Coiste Bodhar” Nina Oram
“The Tracker” Tricia N. Glock
“The Dream-killer Waits” John J. Kennedy
“Paul” C.R. Berry
“The Cat in the Cave” John Tuohy
“Sword” Xander Butler
“Once We Destroy The Earth — The Moon Should Be Easy” Barry McKinley
“Northern Lights” Aongus Murtagh
“Pricksong” Zoe Gilbert
“Origins” Jemma Pollari
“The Transmissions” Benjamin Mattice
“The Nowhere” Nathan Jones
“The Deer” Kathleen Naureckas
“Another One” David Halligan
“Variable Star” John Eckelkamp
“Mary’s Plant” Scott Weedman
“Reflection” Jaakko Markus Seppälä
“Dog Island” Natalia Theodoridou
“Ereshem” Anthony Laken
“The Mask” Ruth Knafo Setton
“Beyond Hades” Damien Hannaway

We can predict further great things from these authors.

Don’t forget, the International Aeon Award 2016 Short Fiction Contest is open for entries as of January 1, 2016. The Aeon Award short fiction contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

See the full Aeon Award writing competition rules for more.

Feb 09, 2016 – With apologies for delay as they worked through a final round with an exceptional number of entries, the Interim Judges Panel for the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest 2015 are delighted to announce those stories to be added to the contest shortlist after the fourth and final round of the competition, which ran from October 1 to November 30.

The judges have added an unprecedented 22 stories to the shortlist after the final round, bringing the total shortlisted in the Aeon Award 2015 contest to 49, the highest number of shortlisted stories in any Aeon Award since the inception of the contest in 2004. The titles of all newly shortlisted stories are given below, but author names are withheld to ensure impartiality whilst the contest proceeds.

We thank the authors of all the stories entered into the contest during the final round, and apologize once more for the additional time it has taken to announce this shortlist. Additional judges are being recruited for the Aeon Award 2016 contest (now open) to ensure a quicker release of the shortlist.

We also congratulate the authors of the shortlisted stories, whose stories now go on in the competition with a chance to win the 1000 euro Grand Prize and publication in Albedo One. Our commiserations, also, to the authors of those stories that were not shortlisted this time around. The Aeon Award could not exist without your support.

As of this moment, the Interim Judges have begun re-reading the entire shortlist to choose the top 6 stories that will go to our Grand Judges for the final decision on the three winners. We aim to announce the top 6 stories by the end of March at the latest.

Round 4

Four Riders
Arcane Sky
Ravensong
Real Boys
Listen and You Will See
Fire In The Blood
-Dis-
Damn Nation
Limbs
The Turquoise Chamber
The Little People
The Bride of Golem
For Goodness Sake
The Great Hunger
Beyond Hades
Winter Solstice
A Good Daughter
Book 9
Spaces Which Are Not Empty
The Spaces Inbetween
The Decline of the Death Artist
A Message from the Indigo Courtesan

Round 3

Coiste Bodhar
Marsland
Persimmon Wonderseeker and the Mystery of the Deadly Lambshade
Dessert heads
The Mask
Ambisagrus
Another One
The Nowhere
Pricksong
Once We Destroy The Earth — The Moon Should Be Easy
Reflection

Round 2
The Transmissions
The Sadie Hawkins
Dog Island
The Tracker
Northern Lights
Ereshem
Sword
Survival
The Moon of Lila-Vihreä
The Dream-killer Waits

Round 1
Origins
Paul
Variable Star
Mary’s Plant
The Cat in the Cave
The Deer

Don’t forget, the International Aeon Award 2016 Short Fiction Contest is now open for entries until November 30, 2016. The Aeon Award short fiction contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

See the full Aeon Award writing competition rules for more.

16 Jul 2015 – At long last, we are delighted to announce the decision of our Grand JudgesIan Watson, Eileen GunnMichael Carroll and Todd J. McCaffrey, on the three winners from the Aeon Award 2014 top 6 shortlisted stories. These 6 were ranked highest of the 42 stories shortlisted in 2014 (the Aeon Award’s largest shortlist since its inception in 2004) and we congratulate them all on this achievement.

 

Below, we announce the three winning stories and their authors, who will receive the €1000, €200 and €100 Grand Prizes.

First Place: Bodyware by Chris Samiullah
Second Place: Lustbader by Ron Schroer
Third Place: The Deepfolk by Juha Kivelä

Our congratulations to our three winners, whose work we will proudly publish in a future issue of Albedo One. We must also pass our sincere commiserations to the authors of three exceptional stories from the top 6 whose work just barely missed out (this year’s votes from the Grand Judges were the tightest on record). We predict further great things from these authors in the future.

Starspawn by Cyril Simsa
The Age of the Blessed Virgin by David Shaw Mackenzie
The Contract by James Frazer

Below, we provide the complete shortlist with all author names revealed. Thank you all for entering. Your support makes the Aeon Award possible.

Bodyware by Chris Samiullah
Lustbader by Ron Schroer
The Deepfolk by Juha Kivelä
Starspawn by Cyril Simsa
The Age of the Blessed Virgin by David Shaw Mackenzie
The Contract by James Frazer
Meta Stasis by Matt Panfil
A Weightless People
by Patrick Martin
Keep it Clean
by Peter Setters
The Dolls
by A. Maligne
The Grand Piano
by Toby Corballis
A Tale of Two Apocalypses by Eleftherios Keramidas
Forever
by John Berks
Boy on a Dolphin, plus Tech
by Eleftherios Keramidas
No Sugar
by Melanie Napthine
Arne Bruson and the Warlocks’ Magic
by Brian O’Leary
The Clock
by Paul Nicholas
The Gift by Rob Riel
They Came With The Rains by Paul Draper
Make Cowards of Us All by Bud Craig
Los Gatos by Celia Stuart Powles
Collecting the Old Gods by Bob Franklin
Somnolescence by Gareth Fox
The Brass Heart by Amie Tracey
Razorface by Sterling Ross Johnson
Dreamweaver by Hannah Spencer
The Mudfish by Gary L. Dearman
Soul Collector by T. Gilmore
Flutter by D. R. Henderson
Anaeseptic by Patrick G. Beatty
The Butterfly by Nicholas Lim
Morrígan the Black by Alan Harrison
The Arcadian Obelisk by David Shultz
Mayan Magic by Gill Sainsbury
Blue by Adrastos Omiss
The Deep Is Hell by Kyle Balmer
Tartarus by Rob Marsh
Little Machines by Dan Malakin
Walls by Elizabeth Rosen
The Owl’s Last Call by Karen Rider
Harmemoric Asylum by Eve-Marie Power
Soaring on Clipped Wings by Suzanne Church
When the Lines Didn’t Matter by J.M. Scott
The Dead Animals Register by Seth Insua
Silent Alarm by Benjamin Iradukunda
Templeman and Gort (Shipbuilders) by Steve Billings

Don’t forget, the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest open for entries as of January 1 each year. The Aeon Award short fiction contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

See the full Aeon Award writing competition rules for more.

13 April 2014 – We are pleased to announce that the Interim Judges Panel of the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest have concluded voting for the top 6 stories from the record-breaking 42 stories shortlisted during 2014.

Voting on this number of exceptional stories (over 350,000 words) was an agonizing process for the judges, who were also acutely aware that the long wait for this announcement has been even more difficult for the shortlisted authors.

The titles of the top 6 stories are given immediately below (in no particular order). Author names are withheld to ensure impartiality as the contest proceeds. We have now passed these stories to our panel of eminent Grand JudgesIan Watson, Eileen GunnMichael Carroll and Todd J. McCaffrey for the final decision on the three winners (expected in just a few weeks).

The Contract
Bodyware
Starspawn
The Deepfolk
Lustbader
The Age of the Blessed Virgin

Our congratulations to the authors of the top 6 stories, whom we wish the best of luck in the final stage of the contest. Once the Grand Judges have decided, we will announce the winners here at albedo1.com.

We must also pass our sincere commiserations to the authors of the remaining shortlisted stories, listed below, whose fine work was not chosen this time (all story rights are now returned to the authors). Thank you all for entering. Your support makes the Aeon Award possible, and it is with great pride that we now reveal your names alongside your stories.

Meta Stasis by Matt Panfil
A Weightless People
by Patrick Martin
Keep it Clean
by Peter Setters
The Dolls
by A. Maligne
The Grand Piano
by Toby Corballis
A Tale of Two Apocalypses by Eleftherios Keramidas
Forever
by John Berks
Boy on a Dolphin, plus Tech
by Eleftherios Keramidas
No Sugar
by Melanie Napthine
Arne Bruson and the Warlocks’ Magic
by Brian O’Leary
The Clock
by Paul Nicholas
The Gift by Rob Riel
They Came With The Rains by Paul Draper
Make Cowards of Us All by Bud Craig
Los Gatos by Celia Stuart Powles
Collecting the Old Gods by Bob Franklin
Somnolescence by Gareth Fox
The Brass Heart by Amie Tracey
Razorface by Sterling Ross Johnson
Dreamweaver by Hannah Spencer
The Mudfish by Gary L. Dearman
Soul Collector by T. Gilmore
Flutter by D. R. Henderson
Anaeseptic by Patrick G. Beatty
The Butterfly by Nicholas Lim
Morrígan the Black by Alan Harrison
The Arcadian Obelisk by David Shultz
Mayan Magic by Gill Sainsbury
Blue by Adrastos Omiss
The Deep Is Hell by Kyle Balmer
Tartarus by Rob Marsh
Little Machines by Dan Malakin
Walls by Elizabeth Rosen
The Owl’s Last Call by Karen Rider
Harmemoric Asylum by Eve-Marie Power
Soaring on Clipped Wings by Suzanne Church
When the Lines Didn’t Matter by J.M. Scott
The Dead Animals Register by Seth Insua
Silent Alarm by Benjamin Iradukunda
Templeman and Gort (Shipbuilders) by Steve Billings

We can predict further great things from these authors in the future.

Don’t forget, the International Aeon Award 2015 Short Fiction Contest is now open for entries as of January 1, 2015. The Aeon Award short fiction contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

See the full Aeon Award writing competition rules for more.

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