Celebrating the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australian or New Zealander for the 2016 calendar year.

Shortlist for Best Short Fiction (Up to 7,500 words)

PROTEGE, BY ANTHONY FERGUSON (In ‘Monsters Among Us’ – Oscillate Wildly Press)
SELFIE, BY LEE MURRAY (In ‘SQ Mag’ – IFWG Publishing Australia)
D IS FOR DEATH, BY PETE ALDIN (In ‘Poise and Pen’)
WHAT THE SEA WANTS, BY DEB SHELDON (In ‘SQ Mag’ – IFWG Publishing Australia)
ALL ROLL OVER, BY KAARON WARREN (In ‘In Your Face’ – Fablecroft Publishing)
FADE TO GREY, BY JANEEN WEBB (In ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ – PS Publishing)
MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAFFITI TUNNEL, BY TERRY DOWLING (In ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ – PS Publishing)
HIS SHINNING DAY BY RICHARD HARLAND (In Dreaming in the Dark’ – PS Publishing)
UNCONTAINABLE, BY HELEN STUBBS (In ‘Apex Magazine’ online)
NO OTHER MEN IN MITCHELL, BY ROSE HARTLEY (In ‘Nightmare Magazine’ online)


Shortlist for Best Collected Works (3 or more stories by a single author):

CROW SHINE BY ALAN BAXTER (Ticonderoga Publications)
EVERYTHING IS FINE BY GRANT STONE (Racket House)
CONCENTRATION BY JACK DANN (PS Publishing)


Shortlist for Best Edited work (3 or more short stories by two (2) or more authors; edited by one or more editors);

DREAMING IN THE DARK, EDITED BY JACK DANN (PS PUBLISHING)
AT THE EDGE, EDITED BY DAN RABARTS & LEE MURRAY (PAPER ROAD PRESS)
DEAD OF NIGHT, EDITED BY SHANE JIRAIYA CUMMINGS


Shortlist for Best Novel (At least 40,000 words)

INTO THE MIST, BY LEE MURRAY (Cohesion Press)
THE DEVIL’S PRAYER, BY LUKE GRACIAS (Australian eBook Publisher)
UNBIDDEN, BY TJ PARK (Harper Collins)
HOLLOW HOUSE, BY GREG CHAPMAN (Omnium Gatherum)
PRESUMED DEAD, BY RICK KENNETT (Createspace Independent Publishing Platform)
THE INVASION, BY BRETT MCBEAN (Sinister Grin Press)
DEVIL DRAGON, BY DEBORAH SHELDON (Severed Press)
THE GRIEF HOLE, BY KAARON WARREN (IFWG Publishing Australia)


Shortlist for the Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction (Between 7,501 to 39,999 words)

TIPUNA TAPU, BY DAN RABARTS (Clandestine Press)
BOX OF BONES, BY JEREMY BATES (Ghillinnein Books)
BURNT SUGAR, BY KIRSTYN MCDERMOTT (In ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ – PS Publishing)
THE HEART OF THE MISSION, BY MATTHEW R DAVIS (The Refuge Collection)
THE ESCHATOLOGIST, BY GREG CHAPMAN (Voodoo Press)
SERVED COLD, BY ALAN BAXTER (In ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ – PS Publishing)