2000 George Turner Prize Shortlist Announced (Return to News)

The shortlist for the 2000 George Turner Fiction Prize for science fiction and fantasy has been announced. The shortlist for the $10,000 George Turner Fiction Prize, sponsored by the Transworld division of Random House Australia, is:

  • Keri Arthur for Spook Squad

  • Kerry Greenwood for Stormbringer

  • Simon Haynes for The Adventures of Hal Spacejock

  • Michelle Marquardt for Blue Sky and Silence

  • Liz Martin for Hashakana

  • Claire McKenna for Protection

  • Simon Moore for dot space dot

  • Nicole Trewartha for Fire in the Blood

A sifting panel comprising several specialist science fiction/fantasy booksellers, a writer and several editors looked at over a hundred entries to come up with the short list. All remarked on the high standard of submissions.

Fiona Henderson, Bantam and Doubleday Publisher, said "It's wonderful to see so many enthusiastic writers are working in these genres. We're delighted that fantasy and science fiction are receiving the attention they deserve.

A judging panel consisting of Ron Seduik, Manager of Pulp Fiction Books in Brisbane; Louise Thurtell, the former Transworld Fiction Publisher who set up the Turner Prize; and Annabel Blay, Overseas Acquisitions Editor for Bantam and Doubleday will now choose a winner from the shortlist.

The winning author is to be announced on April 7. The winning novel will be published by Random House Australia in September 2000.

This is the third year that the George Turner Prize has been presented. Previous winners included Tansy Rayner Roberts her comic fantasy Splashdance Silver and Maxine McArthur for her space opera Time Future.