Aurora Awards

Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association

Award Category Definitions

All items in these categories must have been originally/first published, performed or done in the prior calendar year. Publications are defined as either as a physically printed work, ebook, on-line, or as an audio file. The calendar year runs from January 1st and ends at midnight on December 31st. All nominees in any of these categories must be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident. A work or person can not be nominated for the same thing in more than one category.

Professionals may be nominated for the professional awards for activities relevant to the award for unpaid work once they are deemed a professional in the applicable category. For a full definition of what a professional is please refer to our document.

Professional Categories in English

Best Novel: Best Science Fiction or Fantasy novel in English, over 40,000 words by a Canadian, published within that year. A work that is greater than 40,000 words and is published as a stand-alone book can be allowed in this category if the author wishes it.

Best YA Novel: Best Science Fiction or Fantasy novel in English, over 30,000 words written for Young Adults by a Canadian, published within that year. A work that is greater than 30,000 words and is published as a stand-alone book can be allowed in this category if the author wishes it. An author may request that their novel be judged in the adult category by contacting the awards administrator.

Best Short Fiction: Best Science Fiction or Fantasy short fiction in English with fewer than 40,000 words, by a Canadian published within that year. This category covers short form fiction in English such as novelettes, novellas, short stories and flash fiction. Note: Poetry is now in its own category.

Best Poem/Song: Best Science Fiction or Fantasy poem or song in English, by a Canadian published or performed within that year. This category covers Poems and Song performances in English. A song includes lyrics and music. A song may be available as a document that includes lyrics musical notation, as a recording, as a performance at a fan event or any combination of these ways.

Best Graphic Novel: Best Science Fiction or Fantasy graphic novel, single issue of a serial or an on-line comic in English, by a Canadian published within that year. This category is for published works that are mainly graphical. The nominees can be based on the written word, illustration or colour work

Best Visual Presentation: Best Science Fiction or Fantasy movie, television production, stage play or similar work. This award recognizes excellence in visual presentations. Nominees must be Canadian and are determined by the quality of the overall presentation done in the calendar year. Works will be judged on the acting, writing, direction, cinematography, and production quality. Nominees will mostly be the show’s producer, director or showrunner.

Best Related Work: Best Science Fiction or Fantasy literary criticism, book review, CD, critical editions, magazines, screen plays, anthologies, or a single-author collection released as a book in English, by a Canadian published within that year. This category covers all professionally written works that are not covered in the previous professional categories.

Best Artist: Best Science Fiction or Fantasy artwork or body of artwork, by a Canadian displayed or published within that year. This category can be for a specific piece of art like a book cover or it can be defined for a body of work done during that year. Unlike the previous categories, this category is for both English and French artists.

Fan/Volunteer Categories.

Note: Professionals may be nominated for fan awards if their activity relevant to the award is unpaid, unrelated to their paid work whether in the genre or not, and fannish in nature.

Best Fan Writing and Publication: Best writing or publication of a fanzine or fan newsletter either in print or by electronic means, whose content significantly relates to Science Fiction or Fantasy, published by a Canadian at least once during the previous calendar year.
This category encompasses all forms of fan (unpaid) writing including single articles, letters, and reviews, or the publication of fanzines, newsletters and other publications. Works can be either in print or online, whose content significantly relates to Science Fiction or Fantasy, done by a Canadian at least once during the calendar year. This category does not cover works that have commercial products for sale or are dedicated to a professional group or person.

Best Fan Organizational: Best organizational contributions to Canadian Science Fiction or Fantasy conventions, club activities or other organized activities, by a Canadian during the previous calendar year. This category is for fans that run or organize non-profit/non-professional Science Fiction and Fantasy related conventions, clubs or organizations. This includes literary, gaming, comic and media events. Note: Filk/Music events are now in Fan Related Work.

Best Fan Related Work: Best fan activity in the area of Science Fiction or Fantasy not encompassed by the previous three subsections in areas such as: presentations, performances, fan music of all types, albums, song writing, video, APAS, Podcasts, or unpaid art by a Canadian in the previous calendar year. It must be done for a related event or publication associated to the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.