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February 04, 2018 – The Interim Judges Panel for the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest 2017 have finally completed reading and voting upon the stories that will be added to the contest shortlist after the third round of the competition, which ran from July to September, 2017.

The judges have shortlisted a total of 13 fine stories, bringing the total number of stories shortlisted in 2017 to 31, with further additions to the shortlist following the fourth and final round in 2017 (running October to November 2017) to be announced as soon as possible.

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 third 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. Our commiserations to the authors of those stories that were not shortlisted this time around.

Round 3

Rites of Passage
The Digital Rift
A Host Rising
Only the Stones
The Replacement
The Management Meeting
Darker
Contemplation
Spark
Frozen Futurity
The Lady of Lavernum
II – The Tale of Fenrir
Ice Heart

Round 2

The First Alarm
The Ritual
Circle
Project Lamplighter
Gloomy Sunday
Container
Monsters and Soldiers
Second Nature
Five Observations
A Question Of Balance
All Hallows Eve
Under Soil

Round 1

Violin Man
Heaven Inc.

God-slayer
The Red-Handed Man
The Rescue
In the Skull Palace

Don’t forget, the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest opens for entries each year from January 1 to November 30. 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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