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October 24, 2012 – The Interim Judges Panel for the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest 2012 are please to announce those short stories that have been shortlisted in the competition after the third round of consideration, which ran from July 1 to September 30 2012. This time around, the Judges have added a total of 8 exceptional stories to the shortlist, a record for the number of stories added in any single round since the first Aeon Award contest in 2004. This brings the total number of shortlisted stories after three rounds of the competition to 18.

The titles of all shortlisted stories are given below, with the 8 new stories highlighted in italics. Author names are withheld to ensure impartiality whilst the contest proceeds. We must thank the authors of all the stories entered into the contest during the third round. We congratulate the authors of the 8 new 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.

At the same time, our sincere commiserations to those authors whose fine stories were not shortlisted this time around. The quality of your work made the Judges’ task very difficult indeed.


Purgatory Central
The Uninvited Afterlife
En Bas de L’eau
The Visitors
Voices in the Myata House
Bubble Trouble
The Black Madonna
Interest Due
Dancing West to East
What They See on Nox
Walking Beans
The Truffle Hounds of Romantic Passion and Desire
Even the Small Things
Moonlotus Tea
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux
Planet Test 01
The Grand Fountaineer’s Retirement
The Human Condition

Remember, the contest still open to fiction submissions, with the fourth and final round of consideration now underway and running till November 30th 2012. So get those stories submitted to the contest, and be in with the chance of winning one of the Grand Prizes of €1000, €200 or €100, plus publication in Albedo One, Ireland’s magazine of speculative fiction.

You can pay the small €7.50 entry fee by simply clicking the “Shop” tab at the top of the page and choosing “Aeon Award Fee”. This will bring you to a page where you can use you credit card through PayPal to  pay the fee (PayPal is widely accepted to be fast, safe an secure). Once you’ve paid the fee, simply submit your story by email to

See the full Aeon Award writing competition rules for more.

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