The shortlists for the 2011 Aurealis Awards are up here. Congratulations to all those on the lists. The winners will be announced in Sydney on May 12. Tickets can be booked via the Aurealis website.
Along with the more general congratulations I have to say how delighted I am personally that so many local Western Australian small presses - Brimstone Press, FableCroft Publications (although they have recently moved to Tasmania they were located in Western Australia), Fremantle Press, Gestalt Publishing, Ticonderoga Publications and Twelfth Planet Press - figure in the shortlists. There are several Western Australian authors too - Peter Docker, Sue Isles and Norman Jorgensen, as well as editors Liz Gryzb and Jonathan Strahan. Is there something in the water here?
I'm also delighted to see what was probably my favourite 2011 release, Stormlord's Exile by Glenda Larke, on the fantasy shortlist along with two others I also enjoyed, The Undivided by Jennifer Fallon and The Shattered City by Tansy Rayner Roberts.