May 13th, 2012
Sometimes the nicest things happen – and they are totally unexpected. City of Lies was shortlisted for the 2011 Aurealis Award (Best Children’s Fiction), which is the Australian prize for fantasy and science fiction. This is the prize that Museum of Thieves won last year (which was the 2010 award), so while I was really pleased to be shortlisted, I didn’t think I had a chance of taking it out twice in a row. Especially given that the competition this year was so strong. In fact, I’ve been telling everyone that I definitely wouldn’t win this year.
But I won! [insert loud cries of disbelief, astonishment and joy.] And I am now going to have two of those beautiful awards sitting on my mantlepiece. What an exceptionally nice thing to happen on a cold, rainy Sunday morning. You can see all the winners below, copied from Mark Webb’s website.
CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)
CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)
YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY
YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
ILLUSTRATED BOOK / GRAPHIC NOVEL
HORROR SHORT STORY
FANTASY SHORT STORY
SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY
SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award
Kris Hembury Encouragement Award for Emerging Artists