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April 17, 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 fourth and final round of the competition, which ran from October 1 to November 30, 2017.

The judges have shortlisted a total of 16 fine stories, bringing the total number of stories shortlisted in 2017 to 47.

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

The Interim Judges have already launched into the next phase of the contest, in which they will re-read all 47 shortlist stories and vote on the top 6, which will go to our Grand Judges for the final decision. We hope to announce the top 6 by the end of April, and we thank the shortlisted authors for their continued patience.

Round 4

The Word of Death
The Convivial Society
Remember Backwards
Sorghum Sway
Fall from the Heavens
Dragon’s Hand
I See the Lake
Barrel Friend and the Maidenhair Baby
The Sorceress
The Grandmother Hypothesis
Inyoka, or Snake, and A Million Reasons Why
What Can Happen When You Leave Your Lights On At A Drive-Through
Lives Beyond the Horizon
Drenched with the Dew of Heaven
Lucky George

Round 3

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

Round 2

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

Round 1

Violin Man
Heaven Inc.

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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