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19 January 2014 – At long last, the Interim Judges Panel of the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest 2013 have concluded the process of voting for the top 6 stories from the 32 stories shortlisted during 2013. A record number of exceptional stories were shortlisted for 2013, making voting on the top 6 an agonizing process for the judges.

The titles of the top 6 stories are given immediately below in alphabetical 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).

Ever Closer Union
Lewis and Clark Meet Bigfoot or Sasquatchagewea
The Bottle Shop
The Jenny Museum
The Painting

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 Also, we must pass on 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 we are proud now to reveal your names alongside your stories.

That Tear Problem by Natalia Theodoridou
Starting Again by Zoe Meager
Mephisto by Hunter C. Eden
[citation needed] by R. Jean Mathieu
Water Bull by Zoe Gilbert
Something About Simon by Lisa Harding
The Sky Was Void of Stars by Felicia Krol
Terminal 101 by Craig Cormick
Remembrance by Elliott Langley
The Number You Have Dialled is No Longer in Service by Eli Guidry
Meeting God Jr by Connor McNamara
Seascaped Causeway by Paul Russell
Rocketeer by Linda Brucesmith
Neb, the Mariner 
by George Sawaya
Moonshine by Robert Grossmith
Telemachi by James Zorn
The Path to Nowhere by Thomas D. Salmons
Auto de Fe by David Snee
The Dark Room by James Waller
The Widow Woman and The Black Dog by Martin John Solloway
Bee-sting by Richard Gibney
Corax by Dug Armstrong
Siblings by Dave McCall
The Water’s Edge by Tan T. Curtis
Victoria Chase by Joanne Fay
We Can Finish Your Baby’s Brain For You by John Adams

Don’t forget, the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest opens for entries each year from 01 January to 31 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. Here’s why you should enter the contest.

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    Thomas D. Salmons

    Thank you for the opportunity, and congratulations to those that advanced.

  2. Frank Ludlow
    Frank Ludlow

    Hi Thomas.

    All thanks are due to you for letting us consider your fine story in the contest.

    Best wishes,


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    Dave McCall

    Thanks for the opportunity from me too – I normally only write historical fiction so this was a challenging but fun departure for me. Congratulations and good luck to the final six entries. Looking forward to the result!

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    Well done to those who progressed, and good luck. Thank you, Frank and staff at Albedo One. Really appreciate making the longlist.

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    Joanna Fay

    It was an honour to have a story make it on to the Aeon’s first round shortlist, and congratulations to the writers who were selected in the final six!

    Best wishes to all at Albedo One.


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