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20 March 2014 – Albedo One is delighted to announce the three winning stories of the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest 2013. The Grand Judges, Ian Watson, Eileen Gunn, Michael Carroll and Todd J. McCaffrey, had an agonizing choice in voting upon the winners from the top 6 shortlisted stories, given their quality this year. Ultimately, a decision had to be made, and our congratulations go to the three winners, named below.

Without further delay, the Winner of the Aeon Award 2013 is Australian-based author Amanda O’Callaghan for her superb dark fantasy, “The Painting”. Amanda wins the €1000 Grand Prize and publication in Albedo One magazine. The 2nd Place Winner is UK-based author Nicholas Lim, for his atmospheric near-future SF piece, “The Bottle Shop”. Nicholas wins the €200 Grand Prize and publication in Albedo One. The 3rd Place Winner is Irish author James Carney for his tense and creepingly claustrophobic First-Contact SF-thriller, “Ever Closer Union”. James wins the €100 Grand Prize and publication in Albedo One. Congratulations to all three winning authors, whose work we will proudly feature in an upcoming issue of Albedo One.

We must also pass our sincere commiserations to the authors of the remaining three stories in 2013’s top 6, whose excellent work just missed out on a prize this year. These were (in no set order), Baret Magarian, for “Island”, a surreal and evocative science-fiction-fantasy that evades easy description, Mark Barrett’s skilfully delivered tale of mounting psychological suspense, “The Jenny Museum”, and Gary Every’s panoramic and rambunctious alternate history, “Lewis and Clark Meet Bigfoot or Sasquatchagewea”. Congratulations to these three authors for reaching the top 6. We have no doubt that we will see their further successes in the coming months and years.

In the next few days, we will be proudly revealing the names of the authors of all stories shortlisted in 2013, on our dedicated Aeon Award 2013 webpage. Thank you to all who entered and supported the contest in 2013.

And 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. Need convincing? Here’s why you should enter the contest.

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