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Message from CSFFA re Aurora Awards

It’s that time of the year again. This year’s Aurora eligibility lists
are now open. Nominations will begin in March. We are asking CSFFA members to help us put in works done in 2017 by Canadians into the eleven award eligibility lists.

We are in the midst of creating a new and improved website. Unfortunately we are running behind so the eligibility lists will be the same as last year, at least for now. Full details of the new site will be sent out once it’s been tested.

Here are some basic things to following when entering items to the lists.

• All items must have been originally done in 2017 by Canadians
• All items must be either Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror
• If you have a hyperlink must be less than 100 characters
• Do NOT use quotes around any title such as a poem or short story
• Only enter an item in one category
• Do NOT enter an item more than once in any category.
• Check to make sure it is not already there
• If you have made a mistake do not put it in again, contact admin@
• Contact admin@prixaurorawards.ca for changes
• You don’t have to have a paid CSFFA account to submit an item
• You must log into your CSFFA account to submit an item
A verified Item in an eligibility list only means that someone may
nominate it. It does NOT mean it is an Aurora nominee

Please fill in as much information as you can to help us verify it.


Clifford Samuels
Aurora Awards administrator
Website: www.prixaurorawards.ca
Rules: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/eligibility/
Category definitions: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/award-categories/

The 2017 Aurora Awards

The 2017 Aurora Awards were announced September 23 at Hal-Con 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The award is for exceptional Canadian literary and fan works. The recipients were determined by a vote of the members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.

Best Novel

  • Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada

Best Young Adult Novel

  • Icarus Down by James Bow, Scholastic Canada

Best Short Fiction

  • Marion’s War by Hayden Trenholm, Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, Laksa Media

Best Poem/Song

No award was given out in this category in 2017 due to insufficient eligible nominees

Best Graphic Novel

  • Angel Catbird, Volume One by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillian, Dark Horse Books

Best Related Work

  • Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law, Laksa Media

Best Visual Presentation

  • Arrival, director, Denis Villeneuve, Paramount Pictures

Best Artist

  • Samantha M. Beiko, cover to Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts

Best Fan Writing and Publications

  • Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille

Best Fan Organizational

  • Randy McCharles, chair, When Words Collide, Calgary

Best Fan Related Work

  • Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM

Best of the Decade: Also announced was the winner of a special category for works published between January 2001 and December 2010.

  • The Neanderthal Parallax, Robert J. Sawyer, Tor Books

Finalists were chosen by an eight-person jury from across Canada, with the winner selected by a vote of the membership.

Notice from the CSFFA regarding the Aurora Awards Ballot.

Membership in the CSFFA is only 10$ and gives you the right to download a small fortune’s worth of literature! I highly recommend getting involved. Besides the joy of all that summer reading, you get to vote for the winners of the award and thereby encourage our authors.  –Cathy

Notice from the CSFFA regarding the Aurora Awards Ballot.

This email is being sent out to CSFFA account holders who have requested notices but currently do not have a paid CSFFA membership.  If you have paid and your account does not reflect that please contact me ASAP and we will look into it.  Please remember, once you have paid your account should automatically be updated.  There should be no delay.

Aurora Awards:  If you had not heard, the 2017 Aurora Awards ballot is out.
A notice and the ballot are on our website,
rds-Ballot.pdf .  Congratulations to this year’s nominees.

There are two important things to take notice of.  This year we have a special new category, Best of the Decade.  This category is only given out once every ten years.  Full details about this can be found on this year’s ballot.  The other item is that due to a lack of eligible nominations in the Best Poem/Song category there will not be an award for it this year.  To be eligible a work must receive at least 5 (five) nominations.

Voters’ Package:  The package is open to all paid account holders.  The first release of this year’s voters’ package is out.  Please note the Best of the Decade and the Fan Organizational downloads are located above the other categories on the download page.  They work the same as the others by clicking on them you will start the download process.  Please be patient and wait for each download to complete before you start the next one.

Here is a link to what is in our package:

Once you have paid for this year’s membership can go to our “Voters Package Download” page from the “Join/Nominate/Vote” menu item or use this link:

We want to thank the nominees and their publishers for their generous donation of these works.  Remember, these downloads are for CSFFA members and only CSFFA members.  We request you do not share them with others.  The voters’ package will be available to download until voting closes on September 2nd, 2017.

This year’s awards will be presented at Hal-Con in Halifax (www.hal-con.com) on the weekend of September 22-24, 2017.

Happy reading.

Clifford Samuels
Aurora Awards administrator

Nominations now open for Aurora Awards

From the Aurora Awards committee:

Nominations are now open to all CSFFA members for works done in 2016.  Before you submit your nominations please review our eligibility lists, (www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/eligibility-lists/).  We know that they may not contains absolutely everything that was done but we think they contain most works.  If you know of something that is not there please log into your account and add it.

Nominations close at Midnight EDT on May 6th.  We have shortened the nomination period because we wanted to give more time for people to read the items on the final ballot.  We expect to announce the ballot later in May.

Your nominations are what makes our awards work.  Nominate what you know and enjoyed.

You must be a paid CSFFA member to submit a nomination form.  If when you log into your account you see the PayPal button it means you have not paid.  Your account should automatically update your payment year right away once you leave the PayPal website.  If it does not please contact me ASAP with your PayPal receipt.  Your account page also shows when your membership ends.


Clifford Samuels
Aurora Awards administrator

Breakdown of Aurora Results

CSFFA has published the breakdown of nominations and voting for the Aurora Awards. Two areas need work: the fan awards and the voting from Quebec. I didn’t get into the voting myself, I didn’t know the majority of the nominees, and didn’t have time to go through the package. Must get my act together next year!


CSFFA announces Aurora Winners

2016 Aurora awards winners

The following is the complete list of winners:

  • Best English Novel: A Daughter of No Nation by A.M. Dellamonica, Tor Books
  • Best English YA Novel: An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet, Scholastic Canada/Clarion Books
  • Best English Short Fiction: “Waters of Versailles” by Kelly Robson, Tor.com
  • Best English Poem/Song: “Origami Crane / Light Defying Spaceship” by Naru Dames Sundar, Liminality, Issue 5 Autumn
  • Best English Graphic Novel: The Lady ParaNorma by Vincent Marcone, ChiZine Publications
  • Best English Related Work: Second Contacts edited by Michael Rimar & Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press
  • Best Visual Presentation: Orphan Black, Season 3, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, Temple Street Productions
  • Best Artist: Erik Mohr, covers for ChiZine Publications
  • Best Fan Publication: Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille
  • Best Fan Organizational: Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Best Fan Related Work: Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM

CSFFA announces Aurora voting details

We are pleased to announce that the ballot for the 2016 Aurora Awards for best works and activities done by Canadians in 2015 is available.  There are eight categories for professional works and three for fan activities and work.

The voter’s package will be available later in April but voting for this year’s awards will not begin until June 15th. CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) members have until Midnight, EDT on July 23rd to cast their ballots. Membership is open to all Canadians and Landed Immigrants.

The awards will be given out at Canvention 36, hosted by When Words Collide, www.whenwordscollide.org, in Calgary, Alberta on the weekend of August 12-14th. Full details about CSFFA, the awards and voting can be found at www.prixaurorawards.ca.

For the list of this year’s finalists for the Aurora awards go to our website at: www.prixaurorawards.ca.

Local Sensors Detect…Aurora Award News

For more on CSFFA & the Aurora Awards, and lots more news, download AURORAN LIGHTS The Official E-zine of the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association, Dedicated to Promoting the Prix Aurora Awards and the Canadian SF&F Genre, (Issue # 18 – Marcb 2016)

(It’s got a really, really! nice cover for March!) 

Stuff you really need to know now:

Aurora Boréal

The French language Aurora Boréal awards will be handed out at the Boréal Convention (Congrès Boréal) in Mont-Laurier, Quebec on the weekend of May 20-22, 2016. For details see: Congrès Boréal


– March 19 – Aurora Nominations close.
– April 1 – Aurora Shortlist Ballot announced.
– June 15 – Aurora Awards Voting begins.
– July 1 – Nominations for Hall of Fame close.
– July 23 – Aurora Awards Voting closes. Hall of Fame decision.
– August 12 – Canvention at When Words Collide.
– August 13 – Aurora Awards Ceremony at Canvention.
– August 14 – Canvention A.G.M.

Prix Aurora Awards

Only a few days before Spring arrives. Oh, and that also means the close of this year’s Aurora Award nomination period. Yes, you must have your nominations in by Midnight, EDT this Saturday, March 19th. If you are in BC it means by 9pm, Alberta by 10pm and in Halifax by 1am (Sunday).

If you need any help don’t forget that we have a fairly good list of what is eligible for this year’s awards. If you don’t see something you know was done in 2015 either add it to the list or nominate it and we will make sure it gets there. (http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/eligibility-lists/)

Remember, all nominated works must have been originally published or done in 2015. We request that you nominate what you know and enjoyed.

Clifford Samuels
Aurora Awards administrator

Eligibility lists for the Aurora Award

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy association which presents the Prix Aurora Awards has just announced the opening of the eligibility lists for works published in 2015.

You do not have to be a member to add items to the lists, which can be consulted here.  You will notice a new category: best dramatic presentation. The eligibility requirements are here.

Because the Canvention is being hosted this year by When Words Collide, August 13, the nominating period is shorter than it was last year.  You need to purchase your membership to CSFFA before nominating. The Voter’s Package will be available for download soon after the close of nominations which happens March 19. This package is fabulous, and more than worth the cost of the 10$ membership.

Several members of MonSFFA fit the eligibility requirement in various categories, I hope you will consider adding them to the lists and then if you think the members deserving, nominate them.