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01 Aug, 2014 – The Interim Judges Panel for the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest 2014 are delighted to announce, after many days of reading and judging, the stories that are now added to the contest shortlist after the second round of the competition, which ran from April 1 to June 30.

The judges have added a total of 12 fine stories from the second round, breaking the record for the number of stories shortlisted in any one round since the start of the contest in 2004! This brings the total shortlisted to date for the contest in 2014 to 19. The titles of all 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 second round, and congratulate the authors of the shortlisted stories, who now go on in the competition with a chance to win the 1000 euro Grand Prize and publication in Albedo One. Our commiserations to the authors of those stories that were not shortlisted this time around.

Round 2

Soul Collector
Flutter
Anaeseptic
The Butterfly
Morrígan the Black

The Arcadian Obelisk
Mayan Magic
Blue
The Deep Is Hell
Tartarus
Little Machines
Walls

Round 1

The Owl’s Last Call
Harmemoric Asylum
Soaring on Clipped Wings
When the Lines Didn’t Matter
The Dead Animals Register
Silent Alarm
Templeman and Gort (Shipbuilders)

Don’t forget, the International Aeon Award 2014 Short Fiction Contest will remain open for entries until November 30, 2014. 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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