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April 5, 2017 – The Interim Judges Panel for the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest 2016 are at long last, and with sincere thanks for the patience of the contest entrants, ready to announce the 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, 2016.

This time the judges have shortlisted a whopping 22 exceptional stories to complement the 30 shortlisted during the first, second and third rounds. This makes for a grand total of 52 shortlisted stories during 2016 – the highest ever total since the Aeon Award was launched in 2004. 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 final round, and 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. As ever, our commiserations to the authors of those stories that were not shortlisted this time around.

The 2016 contest will now play out as follows: the Interim Judges will face the agonizing task of choosing the top 6 stories from the overall shortlist by the end of April. This decision will be announced at the same time here at The top 6 stories will then go to the Grand Judges for the final choice of the three winners. May we wish the authors of the shortlisted stories the best of luck as the contest moves into these final stages. 

Round 4 

Beginner’s Luck
Dutchman Rules
Ryder on the Brink
Thirty Seven Months and Three Days
Help Wanted
Watch The Goodbyes
The Black and White
The Flotsam That Yelled
Church of Pit
Getting There
Love in the time of Quarantine
Of Memories and Teardrops
Of Gods and Masters
It Always Comes Back
Tell Me a Story
In Yartsev
This Demon Inside Me
Crescendo and Diminuendo in Blue

Round 3

Beautiful Along the Break
The Strangers
A Good Place to Hide
Above Instinct
The End Onwards
The Journey
The Face of God
The Voice

Round 2

The Day Color Came
We Made Friends With the Monster Under the Bed
The Gift
When the Last Telepath Left Town
The Peach
The Psykofage Chamber
Someone Else’s Battles

Round 1

The God in the Darkness
Ceaseless Snowy Streets
Chasm Spells
Inspector Bride and The Bloody Shame

Don’t forget, the International Aeon Award 2017 Short Fiction Contest is open for entries until November 30, 2017. 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.

2 Responses

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    Paul King

    Hi Frank,

    I was just wondering when the overall shortlist for the 2016 entries is likely to be announced?

    Thank you.

    • Frank Ludlow
      Frank Ludlow

      Hi Paul,

      The top 6 shortlist from the Aeon 2016 should be announced within the next 10 days.

      Apologies for the lengthy wait, and thanks for your patience!



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