About the Jurors

Jurors for the 2019 award are:


  • Eugen Bacon
  • Jack Bridges
  • Nicole Murphy
  • Linda Sengsourinho


  • Jake Corvus
  • Stephanie Gunn
  • Jennifer Rowland
  • Lyss Wickramasinghe

Eugen Bacon is a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She has sold many stories and articles, together with anthologies. Her stories have won, been shortlisted and commended in international awards, including the Bridport Prize, L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, Copyright Agency Prize and Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards. Her creative work has appeared in literary and speculative fiction publications worldwide, including Award Winning Australian Writing, AntipodeanSF, Andromeda, Aurealis, Bards and Sages Quarterly, and through Routledge in New Writing .Literary speculative novel – Meerkat Press (2019). Creative nonfiction book – Macmillan (2019).

Jack Bridges published several novels and novellas with Torquere Press, a now sadly defunct US queer press. “Blood and Ink” was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award for Best SF Novella in 2016. Jack has judged competitions and awards, including the Valerie Parv Award, for Romance Writers of Australia for the past decade. Jack also managed Fantastic Planet bookstore from 2005 to 2010, and co-owned the store from 2007 to 2010, giving a working knowledge of the Australian science fiction publishing and retail industry.

Jake Corvus is a prolific writer living on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast in Australia. Despite being in his mid-thirties, he is often mistake for being in his early teens. He loves writing horror, sci fi and fantasy, with a special interest in queer and inclusive fiction. He watches too many trashy horror movies to have any shred of self-respect, and lives with an alarmingly diverse array of disabled rescue animals, including snakes, frogs, shrimp, fish, cats, dogs and birds. Jake’s favourite dinosaur is the bagaceratops. You can find more about him at his blog, where he posts writing and lifestyle essays on Wednesdays. If that’s not enough for you, you can even sign up to his newsletter at www.traditionalevolution.com

Stephanie Gunn is a writer of speculative fiction. Her work has been nominated for Ditmar and Aurealis Awards, and has won Aurealis, Norma K Hemming and Tin Duck Awards. Her latest work is the novella Icefall (Twelfth Planet Press). She has judged and convened Aurealis Awards panels since 2011. She is currently at work on sequels to Icefall as well as several contemporary fantasy novels. She lives in Perth, Western Australia with her family, too many books, and the requisite cat.

Nicole Murphy cut her teeth reading speculative fiction when she was a child, with C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien favourites. Even then, she knew that she wanted more from her spec fic, so when she took to writing she made sure she had female characters front and centre. She has had two trilogies published (The Dream of Asarlai and The Jorda Series) and dozens of short stories. She ran the Aurealis Awards in 2014-15 and was a judge in 2017. Nicole is committed to diversity in her fiction, both as a reader and as a writer and is looking forward to seeing the wonders that come into the Norma K Hemming.

Jennifer Rowland is an Australian writer and academic who has spent most of her adult life working across a range of disciplines internationally. She loves language, is an avid reader and learner of new things, and writes both fiction and non-fiction. She is a strong supporter of independent authors. Her current day job involves overseeing a postgraduate research training program in northern Sydney, as well as teaching communications and project management. In her spare time, Jennifer has been known to extol the virtues of the Oxford comma.

Lyss Wickramasinghe is a freelance editor and avid reader of all things spec fic, specialising in world-building and character dynamics. As a bisexual woman of colour, she has a deep personal interest in the growing diversity of the Sci-fi and fantasy genres. She aims to share this interest with others through her work as owner and curator of The Never Never Book Box, an Australian speculative fiction subscription box. She has been part of the Australian SFF community since she was 21. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong, a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing from University of Technology Sydney, a Diploma of Small Business Management and Marketing from TAFE, and a Certificate IV in Hospitality: Food and Beverage Services. She is an unashamed fangirl, casual gamer, Slytherpuff, and coloured hair enthusiast.

Implementation of a required rotation of judges was implemented in the 2018 award period. At least two new jurors appointed every two years, and no juror to serve more than four years consecutively unless a suitable replacement is not available. New jurors will be called for in a public application process.

The position description for the jury can be found here.