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THE RARKYN'S FAMILIAR shortlisted for Aurealis, Foreward INDIES and Indies Today Awards

I'm over the moon to share that The Rarkyn's Familiar is a finalist in the 2022 Aurealis Awards, the Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Awards and the Indies Today Awards!

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Aurealis Awards

The Aurealis Awards are Australia's premier speculative fiction awards. Established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis magazine, the aim of the awards is to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

This year saw more than 800 entries across the categories. Short story panelists considered nearly 150 individual works and several long form categories saw over 50 entries each.

The Rarkyn's Familiar was shortlisted in the Youth Adult Novel category.

The complete list of finalists can be found at:

Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Awards

I'm pleased to announce The Rarkyn's Familiar has been recognised as a finalist in the 25th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.

As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts an annual awards program each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2022. After more than 2,500 individual titles spread across 55 genres were submitted for consideration, the finalists were determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners will be decided by an expert team of booksellers and librarians—representing Foreword’s trade readership—from across the country.

The complete list of finalists can be found at:

“Each year, we are bowled over by the depth and breadth of the INDIEs submissions,” says Editor-in-Chief Michelle Anne Schingler. “We are given hundreds of opportunities to engage with the most inventive, surprising, and thrilling independent books of the year. It is our privilege to select the best among them—and an awesome responsibility that we take seriously.”

“Our goal for the INDIES Book of the Year awards finalists gives us a chance to recognize great projects from small presses, and mirrors our mission of discovering outstanding books as showcased in Foreword Reviews. This year’s Finalists represent the top offerings in each genre, from debut author publishers to established university and independent presses,” says Publisher Victoria Sutherland. “It’s really a wonderful tribute to the independent voices that don’t often get the recognition they deserve.”

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Indies Today Awards

The Indies Today Awards recognize and honor the top independent and self-published books of the year.

The Rarkyn's Familiar was a finalist in the Fantasy category.

The complete list of finalists can be found at:


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