Usually I have a vested interest in the Aurealis Awards, but alas, not this year, not having published a book. Anyway, I should hate to be up against those who are on the shortlist for the Best Fantasy Novel of 2008:
Alison Goodman, The Two Pearls of Wisdom, HarperCollins
Sylvia Kelso, Amberlight, Juno Books
Margo Lanagan, Tender Morsels, Allen & Unwin
Juliet Marillier, Heir to Sevenwaters, Macmillan Australia
Karen Miller, The Riven Kingdom, Godspeaker Book Two, HarperVoyager
Note Karen there - and I see Simon Haynes, another one of my recommended authors for Christmas present purchases, is on the Science Fiction Best Novel list! See, I have good taste.
Please see the Aurealis Site for more of the shortlists in the numerous categories. One of the most amazing feats comes from Sean Williams - shortlisted in 4 different categories! Is that a record??
Congrats to you all - it is an honour to be shortlisted.
And let me say what I say every year: thank you, thank you, thank you to all you good people out there who organise the Aurealis Awards and ceremony, and to all those who do the reading and judging. Without you, this would not happen. It's a pretty thankless task, but here is one writer who loves you all.