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Aurealis Award for best children's fiction (told primarily through words)
Presented by Chimaera Publications,
Conflux Inc
Country Australia
First awarded 2001

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and Conflux Inc to published works in order to "recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror writers". To qualify, a work must have been first published by an Australian citizen or permanent resident between 1 January and 31 December of the current year; the presentation ceremony is held the following year. It has grown from a small function of around 20 people to a two-day event attended by over 200 people.

Since their creation in 1995, awards have been given in various categories of speculative fiction. Categories currently include science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative young adult fiction—with separate awards for novels and short fiction—collections, anthologies, illustrative works or graphic novels, children's books, and an award for excellence in speculative fiction. The awards have attracted the attention of publishers by setting down a benchmark in science fiction and fantasy. The continued sponsorship by publishers such as HarperCollins and Orbit has identified the award as an honour to be taken seriously.

The results are decided by a panel of judges from a list of submitted nominees; the long-list of nominees is reduced to a short-list of finalists. Ties can occur if the panel decides both entries show equal merit, however they are encouraged to choose a single winner. The judges may declare a "no award" if there is unanimous agreement that none of the nominees are worthy. The judges are selected from a public application process by the Award's management team.

This article lists all the short-list nominees and winners in the best children's fiction (told primarily through words) category, as well as works that have received honourable mentions or have been highly commended. The best children's fiction (told primarily through words) award was created in 2001, as best children's long fiction, along with an award for children's short fiction. In 2008 the award was renamed "best children's novel" and in 2010 was renamed again to "best children's fiction (told primarily through words)". Since 2001, honourable mentions and high commendations have been awarded intermittently. Of the 11 winners, three people have won the award twice – Garth Nix, Lian Tanner and Gabrielle Wang. John Flanagan holds the record for most nominations with five.

This award has been merged with that for best children's fiction (told primarily through pictures) into an award for best children's book.

Winners and nominees

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list. If the short story was originally published in a book with other stories rather than by itself or in a magazine, the book title is included after the publisher's name.

  *   Winners and joint winners
  *   Nominees on the shortlist

Year Author(s) Work(s) Publisher Ref
2001 Odgers, SallySally Odgers* Candle Iron Angus & Robertson
2001 Murray, KirstyKirsty Murray Market Blues Allen & Unwin
2001 Stephens, MichaelMichael Stephens Blat Magic Angus & Robertson
2002 Wang, GabrielleGabrielle Wang* In the Garden of Empress Cassia Puffin Books
2002 D’Ath, JustinJustin D’Ath Astrid Spark, Fixologist Allen & Unwin
2002 Jinks, CatherineCatherine Jinks Eglantine Allen & Unwin
2002 Luckett, DaveDave Luckett Rhianna and the Dogs of Iron Scholastic
2002 Prior, Natalie JaneNatalie Jane Prior Lily Quench and the Treasure of Mote Ely Hodder Headline
2003 Nix, GarthGarth Nix* Mister Monday Allen & Unwin
2003 Abela, DeborahDeborah Abela Max Remy Superspy: The Hollywood Mission Random House
2003 Jinks, CatherineCatherine Jinks Eustace Allen & Unwin
2003 Valentine, JamesJames Valentine Jumpman Rule 2 Random House
2003 Wilkinson, CaroleCarole Wilkinson Dragonkeeper Black Dog Books
2004 Thompson, ColinColin Thompson* How to Live Forever Random House
2004 Flanagan, JohnJohn Flanagan The Ruins of Gorlan Random House
2004 Golds, CassandraCassandra Golds Claire de Lune Penguin Books
2004 Masson, SophieSophie Masson Snow, Fire, Sword Random House
2004 Wang, GabrielleGabrielle Wang The Pearl of Tiger Bay Penguin Books
2005 Nix, GarthGarth Nix* Drowned Wednesday Allen & Unwin
2005 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody Little Fur Penguin Books
2005 Gleitzman, MorrisMorris Gleitzman Worm Story Penguin Books
2005 Harland, RichardRichard Harland Sassycat: The Night of the Dead Omnibus Books
2006 McConnochie, MardiMardi McConnochie* Melissa, Queen of Evil Pan Macmillan
2006 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody A Fox Called Sorrow Viking Press
2006 Flanagan, JohnJohn Flanagan Oakleaf Bearers Random House
2006 Vittachi, NuryNury Vittachi Twilight in the Land of Nowhen Allen & Unwin
2006 Wilkins, KimKim Wilkins The Sunken Kingdom Quartet Omnibus Books
2007 Forsyth, KateKate Forsyth* The Silver Horse, The Herb of Grace, The Cat’s Eye Shell, The Lightning Bolt, The Butterfly in Amber Pan Macmillan
2007 Carmody, IsobelleIsobelle Carmody A Mystery of Wolves Penguin Books
2007 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda The Key to Rondo Omnibus Books
2007 Wilkinson, CaroleCarole Wilkinson Dragon Moon Black Dog Books
2008 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda* The Wizard of Rondo Omnibus Books
2008 Higgins, SimonSimon Higgins Moonshadow Random House
2008 Masson, SophieSophie Masson Thomas Trew and the Island of Ghosts Hodder Children's
2008 Wilkinson, CaroleCarole Wilkinson Dragon Dawn Black Dog Books
2008 Williams, SeanSean Williams The Changeling and The Dust Devils Angus & Robertson
2009 Wang, GabrielleGabrielle Wang* A Ghost in My Suitcase Puffin Books
2009 Abela, DeborahDeborah Abela The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen Random House
2009 Constable, KateKate Constable Cicada Summer Allen & Unwin
2009 Storer, JenJen Storer Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children Viking Press
2010 Tanner, LianLian Tanner The Keepers Allen & Unwin
2010 Abela, DeborahDeborah Abela Grimsdon Random House
2010 Flanagan, JohnJohn Flanagan Halt's Peril Random House
2010 Giles, Stephen M.Stephen M. Giles The Vultures of Somerset Pan Macmillan
2010 Storer, JenJen Storer & Gus Gordon Haggis McGregor and the Night of the Skull Moon Penguin Books
2011 Tanner, LianLian Tanner* City of Lies Allen & Unwin
2011 Flanagan, JohnJohn Flanagan The Outcasts Random House
2011 Jinks, CatherineCatherine Jinks The Paradise Trap Allen & Unwin
2011 Kalkapsakis, ThaliaThalia Kalkapsakis "It Began With a Tingle" Allen & Unwin (Headspinners)
2011 McGahan, AndrewAndrew McGahan The Coming of the Whirlpool Allen & Unwin
2012 Flanagan, JohnJohn Flanagan* Brotherband: The Hunters Random House Australia
2012 Freeman, PamelaPamela Freeman Princess Betony and the Unicorn Walker Books
2012 Rodda, EmilyEmily Rodda The Silver Door Scholastic
2012 Swann, LeahLeah Swann Irina the Wolf Queen Xoum Publishing

Honourable mentions and highly commended novels

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a grey background have been noted as highly commended; those with a white background have received honourable mentions.

  *   Highly commended
  *   Honourable mentions

Year Author Novel Publisher Ref
2001 Webb, JaneenJaneen Webb Sailing to Atlantis Angus & Robertson
2004 Moloney, JamesJames Moloney Tunnel of Ferdinand HarperCollins
2005 Wilkinson, CaroleCarole Wilkinson Garden of the Purple Dragon Black Dog Books
2005 Flanagan, JohnJohn Flanagan The Icebound Land Random House
2007 Adornetto, AlexandraAlexandra Adornetto The Shadow Thief HarperCollins
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