Below taken from Tehani Croft Wessely's blog a reminder that, although entries for the 2012 Aurealis Awards close in December, the earlier they are in the better.
Reminder: Aurealis Awards entries
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2012 Aurealis Awards – Enter now
The Aurealis Awards are open for entry, with the end of the entry period starting to loom.
The Aurealis Awards, Australia’s premier awards for speculative fiction, are for works of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, published for the first time between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012.
Categories include novels, short stories, YA, and illustrated works.
Entering work in the Aurealis Awards is easy and free.
All you need to do is go to our website www.aurealisawards.com and fill in the online form. We’ll then send you details of where to send your work for judging.
But hurry! Entries close midnight 23 December 2012. Why are we asking for entries now? All our judges are volunteers, and by encouraging early entry, we ensure that all works are given fair consideration. Works received very late in the reading period may only have a short time to be considered (shortlists are released early in 2013), and some categories have very heavy reading loads. We appreciate your support in ensuring all entries can receive the attention they deserve by entering early!
Nominations for the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence also close on 31 December 2012. This award is for achievement in speculative fiction or related areas. It may take into account a body of work over a number of years; it can also be for a work of non-fiction, artwork, electronic or multimedia work, film or TV released in 2012 that brings credit or attention to the speculative fiction genres.
Finalists will be announced in March 2013 with winners presented at a special awards evening in Sydney in May 2013.