Award recognition is one of those complicated things for writers. Is there such a thing as 'best'? Judges bring their own individual taste. Popular awards rely very much of a piece/author being known to the voting pool. It's all very complicated, so I've tried to adopt the attitude of appreciating any compliments coming my way without getting too hung up on missing out.
But I'm still going to enjoy adding to my display cabinet an Aurealis Award for "Forfeit" as the Best Fantasy Novella 2016.
HUGE thanks to Judith Tarr for prodding me into tightening up the story. And thanks again to my readers. You're the ones that really make my day.
You can watch the ceremony here if you're so inclined.