The Aeon Award 2013 was the 8th International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, a speculative fiction writing competition for science fiction, fantasy and horror, organized by Albedo One, Ireland’s premiere magazine of speculative fiction. The contest ran from January 1st 2013 to November 30th 2013, with the three winning stories chosen by Grand Judges Ian Watson, Eileen Gunn, Michael Carroll and Todd J. McCaffrey . The Grand Prize was €1000 and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place prizes were €200 and €100, respectively, alongside publication in Albedo One.
Our sincere thanks to all those who supported the contest by entering their stories, or by helping to publicize the event.
The Grand Judges chose “The Painting”, a superb dark fantasy by Australian-based author Amanda O’Callaghan, as overall winner of the €1000 Grand Prize and publication in Albedo One magazine. As second place winner, the Grand Judges chose the atmospheric near-future SF, “The Bottle Shop” by UK-based author Nicholas Lim, who received the €200 Prize and publication in Albedo One. As third place winner, the Grand Judges chosen “Ever Closer Union”, a tense and creepingly claustrophobic First-Contact SF-thriller by Irish author James Carney, who received the €100 Prize and publication in Albedo One.
Congratulations to all three winning authors, whose work we proudly featured in issue 47 of Albedo One, pictured below.
We must also pass our sincere commiserations to the authors of the remaining three stories in 2013’s top 6, whose excellent work just missed out on a prize this year. These were (in no set order), Baret Magarian, for “Island”, a surreal and evocative science-fiction-fantasy that evades easy description, Mark Barrett’s skilfully delivered tale of mounting psychological suspense, “The Jenny Museum”, and Gary Every’s panoramic and rambunctious alternate history, “Lewis and Clark Meet Bigfoot or Sasquatchagewea”. Congratulations to these three authors for reaching the top 6. We have no doubt that we will see their further successes in the coming months and years.
Below, we proudly reveal (in not set order) the names of the authors of all 32 stories shortlisted in 2013. Again, we thank you all for entering. Your support makes the Aeon Award possible, and we are proud now to reveal your names alongside your stories.
Ever Closer Union by James Carney
Island by Baret Magarin
Lewis and Clark Meet Bigfoot or Sasquatchagewea by Gary Every
The Bottle Shop by Nicholas Lim
The Jenny Museum by Mark Barrett
The Painting by Amanda O’Callaghan
That Tear Problem by Natalia Theodoridou
Starting Again by Zoe Meager
Mephisto by Hunter C. Eden
 by R. Jean Mathieu
Water Bull by Zoe Gilbert
Something About Simon by Lisa Harding
The Sky Was Void of Stars by Felicia Krol
Terminal 101 by Craig Cormick
Remembrance by Elliott Langley
The Number You Have Dialled is No Longer in Service by Eli Guidry
Meeting God Jr by Connor McNamara
Seascaped Causeway by Paul Russell
Rocketeer by Linda Brucesmith
Neb, the Mariner by George Sawaya
Moonshine by Robert Grossmith
Telemachi by James Zorn
The Path to Nowhere by Thomas D. Salmons
Auto de Fe by David Snee
The Dark Room by James Waller
The Widow Woman and The Black Dog by Martin John Solloway
Bee-sting by Richard Gibney
Corax by Dug Armstrong
Siblings by Dave McCall
The Water’s Edge by Tan T. Curtis
Victoria Chase by Joanne Fay
We Can Finish Your Baby’s Brain For You by John Adams
And don’t forget, the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest opens for entries each year from 01 January to 31 November. 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. Need convincing? Here’s why you should enter the contest.