Rose Hartley

writer | reader | caravan enthusiast

Shortlists and Longlists: the Australian Shadows Awards and the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize

Two updates in one, since I’m such a slow blogger. In February my poem Waiting for the Rodeo was longlisted for the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize and this month my story No Other Men in Mitchell was shortlisted for the Australian Shadows Awards in the Short Fiction category.

The winners of the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize have been announced.

Waiting for the Rodeo is still out on submission to magazines and I’ll update here if it is accepted for publication.

Awards Eligibility Post 2016

Nightmare Issue 41

Nightmare issue 41. That’s my poor protagonist on the front cover, getting harassed by a freaky nurse.

In 2016 I had one short story published, No Other Men in Mitchell, in Nightmare issue 41.

If you’re reading stories at the moment to decide who to nominate/vote for in SFF/Horror awards, I would love it if you read my story here and, if you like it, give it a nod. It’s about a road train driver in central Australia and his ghost friends, and was inspired by the experiences of my partner, a former road train driver and drilling rigger.*

I’ll try to have a full list of my 2016 story recommendations up soon, but here are just a few of my favourites:

The Cedar Grid by Sara Saab in Clarkesworld

We Have a Cultural Difference, Can I Taste You? by Rebecca Ann Jordan in Strange Horizons

Bend Back the Shadows by Michael Reid in Escape Pod

White Dust by Nathan Hillstrom in Asimov’s (January 2016 issue)

The Bonobo’s Dream by Rose Mulready (Novella)

The Grief Hole by Kaaron Warren (Novel)


Disclaimer: I am a judge for the 2016 Aurealis Awards. These recommendations are my personal opinion and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator, or the Aurealis Awards management team.

*Spoiler alert: the exploding cow is a true story.

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