The Aurora Awards

Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association

Announcements & News

And the awards went to…

This evening, August 13, 2022, in a live streaming ceremony we announced the finalists for this year’s Aurora Awards.  For those that missed it you can still watch it on YouTube, 2022 Aurora Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations to all those taking home a trophy.  Below is the listing of the finalists. Here is a link to the Aurora Results Grid which contains statistics for this year’s awards.  It included information on who came in, first, second, and third place and the works that were nominated with at least five nominations.

The 2022 Aurora Awards went to:

Best Novel:   Jade Legacy, Fonda Lee, Orbit
Best YA Novel:  Walking in Two Worlds, Wab Kinew, Penguin Teen
Best Novelette/Novella:  The Annual Migration of Clouds, Premee Mohamed, ECW Press
Best Short Story: “The Mathematics of Fairyland”, Phoebe Barton, Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 129
Best Graphic Novel/Comic:  It Never Rains, Kari Maaren, webcomic
Best Poem/Song:  “Cat People Café”, Carolyn Clink, Polar Starlight #3
Best Related Work:  Alias Space and Other Stories, Kelly Robson, Subterranean Press
Best Visual Presentation:   Dune (2021), directed by Denis Villeneuve, Legendary Entertainment
Best Artist:  Samantha M. Beiko
Best Fan Writing and Publication: Polar Borealis, Issues #17 to #20, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
Best Fan Organizational:  When Words Collide, Randy McCharles, chair, online festival
Best Fan Related Work:  Broadcasts from the Wasteland, Brandon Crilly and Evan May, Podcast

Final Notice for Voting for 2022 Aurora Awards and YouTube and Facebook links


UPDATE:  Below are the links for this year’s online ceremony.  Voting has closed.  Thank you to all those who voted.

Yes, it’s that time.  You have until 11:59pm EDT, on Saturday, July 23rd to cast your ballots for this year’s awards.  When voting closes so does our voters’ package.  The package is only there to assist you in making informed choices when you vote.

REMEMBERDo NOT leave purchasing your 2022 membership until the last day.  We will be checking emails but if you have not logged into your account this year there is a chance that PayPal might not get us your payment notice and your account would not automatically be updated.  Do NOT pay twice.  If PayPal says you’ve paid, then let us know ASAP.  Email us (via our Contact form) your payment receipt information that PayPal sent you and we will update your account manually.

I know everyone is busy reading and reviewing this year’s works.  It’s a tough choice but time is running out.  Remember that once you’ve cast your ballot you cannot go back and change it.  So, make your choices wisely.

Here’s how to watch the 2022 Online Aurora Awards ceremony

This year’s awards will be held as a YouTube and Facebook live streaming event.  Links for YouTube have been created, one via our ceremony host, Mark Leslie Lefebvre and one on the host convention, When Words Collide,  We now have the Facebook link too.

The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 13th, 2022 starting at 7pm (EDT) / 5pm (MDT) / 4pm (PDT).  This is in conjunction with our host festival, When Words Collide ( who are doing a free online festival beginning on Friday, August 12th.  Register through their EventBrite link on their website.

Facebook link:
Mark’s YouTube page:
When Words Collide YouTube page:


2022 CSFFA Hall of Fame Inductees

We are pleased to announce this year’s inductees into our Hall of Fame.  The inductees are:

  • Julie E. Czerneda: Fantasy and Science Fiction author and editor, and winner of seven Aurora Awards.
  • Ed Greenwood: Fantasy author, editor, and creator of the Forgotten Realms game world.
  • Hayden Trenholm: Science Fiction writer and editor, winner of five Aurora Awards, and publisher (Bundoran Press).

For more on each of them go to our website:

Join us at this year’s Aurora Awards ceremony, online, on August 13th at 7pm (EDT) when we formally induct them into our Hall of Fame

CSFFA Writers Grant Announcement

It is our vision and goal to not only promote and showcase Canadian writers but also to support them in their creative journey. To further support that vision, we are pleased to announce a grant to writers to pursue their dream.

This year we are offering grant funds of up to a total disbursement by CSFFA of $1,500cdn. This amount may be given or divided as per the successful applicant or applicants. This grant is to cover the cost of courses, convention attendance and or travel or professional development.

To apply must be a member of CSFFA and submit a 500-word proposal of what the endeavor is and how these funds will help achieve your goal. The grant will cover up to 75% of the costs, while the applicant must cover the remaining 25%.  The applicant must also include a description and weblink for endeavour being covered.  All applications will be considered and reviewed by CSFFA.   The successful applicants will be announced at this years Aurora Awards. Upon completion the successful applicant(s) are required to submit all receipts and a 500-word essay on the benefits of the grant.

All applications are be submitted to  between June 4, 2022 and July 2, 2022 @ 11:59:59 MST

2022 Aurora Award Voting is Open

This year’s online ballot is now open.  Voting will close at 11:59 pm EDT July 23rd, 2022 (if you live in BC that would be 8:59 pm, 9:59 pm in Alberta and so on.)  To access the voting page, you must log into your account to see the link from the ‘Members Only’ page.  Note:  if you have paid for your membership this year and have trouble accessing your account, please contact us ASAP via the Contact form on our website’s main page.  CSFFA memberships are only available to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents.

Like last year, to vote, just DRAG and DROP the works you wish to vote for in the order you want to rank them.  Move them by clicking on the line with either your mouse or your finger on a touch screen.  Rank only those works in categories that you are familiar with.  To complete your vote, go to the bottom of the form and click the SEND BALLOT button.

Important:  Once you click this button your votes will be sent to us and locked.  You will not be able to make any further changes.  If you close the voting form before you click the SEND button your selections will not be saved, and you will have to start again.

If you have not already downloaded the voters package, do so soon so you can read the works and make informed votes.  The download packages are available until voting closes.

CSFFA 2022 AGM Summary

Twenty-eight members of CSFFA approved all of the motions presented for approval in advance of the 2022 CSFFA annual general meeting.

AGM attendees via Zoom on June 4 were first to learn details of CSFFA’s new grant available to CSFFA-member writers and artists. Details will be published soon.

Work on the website to replace the current website is on track. The goal is for the new website to be online before 2023 begins.

VCON’s bid to host the 2024 Aurora Awards was accepted.

How to access our CSFFA 2022 AGM this Saturday, June 4th

Everyone is welcome to attend our AGM this Saturday at 2pm (EDT), (Noon MDT or 11am PDT).  We will be going over the results of the vote.  Voting must be done by 11:59 EDT on June 3rd.  We will also have a special announcement about a new program we will be starting in 2023.

If you are currently a CSFFA member you may have already gotten our newsletter giving you the Zoom link information.  If not, you can find that information by logging into your account and going to the “I want to Vote for the 2022 AGM” page.  We have added the Zoom link information there.

If you are not a CSFFA members you can still attend simply by emailing us at: Briefly explain your interest in attending.

2022 CSFFA Annual General Meeting (AGM) online voting is open

The CSFFA AGM online voting is now open.  There are seven motions to vote on.  To view details of the motions log into your account and select 2022 AGM Documents after you select the link to vote for the AGM.  The full agenda is one of the included documents.

Three of the seven motions are changes to the Aurora categories.  An AGM document outlines reasons for each of these motions. The motions are:

  • Move the Fan Organizational category works into the Fan Related Works category
  • Remove the Visual Presentation category
  • Change the name and definition of the Best Artist category to Best Cover Art/Interior Illustration

A fourth motion invites approval of VCON’s bid to host the 2024 Aurora Awards.

All AGM voting happens online. Members must vote by the end of day on June 3rd. AGM voting results will be announced during an online AGM which will be held at 2pm EDT (Noon MDT and 11am PDT) on June 4th.

The AGM agenda also includes three rule changes which were discussed and approved by your CSFFA board.

A few days before the AGM (June 4th), all CSFFA members will be provided a Zoom link so they can attend.

2022 Voters’ package is ready to download

Are you ready to start reading works by this year’s finalists?  We are pleased to announce that this year’s voters’ package contains either e-versions or links for all our 2022 nominated works and is now open to CSFFA members to download.

The electronic versions of these works are being made available to you through the generosity of the nominees and their publishers. We are grateful for their participation and willingness to share with CSFFA members.  Please remember, all downloads are for CSFFA members only and are not to be shared.

The purpose of the voters’ package is simple–before you vote for the awards, we want you to be able to read as many of the nominated works as possible so you can make informed decisions.

Downloads are available until voting closes, July 23rd, 2022, at 11:59pm EDT.  Voting for this year’s awards will begin on June 11th, 2022.  So, enjoy and let the reading begin.

2022 Aurora Award Ballot

This ballot is for works originally done in 2021 by Canadians.  The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.  The top five nominated works were selected.  Additional works were included where there was a tie for fifth place.  An online awards ceremony will be held on August 13th, 2022 hosted by When Words Collide ( ).  NOTE:  Links have been provided to the works to help you get more information about them.

Best Novel
A Broken Darkness, Premee Mohamed, Solaris
Jade Legacy, Fonda Lee, Orbit
The Quantum War, Derek Künsken, Solaris
RED X, David Demchuk, Strange Light / Penguin Random House
Soulstar, C.L. Polk, Tordotcom

Best Young Adult Novel
The Gold Flame of Senica, Elizabeth Whitton, Kettlescon Press
Iron Widow, Xiran Jay Zhao, Penguin Teen
The Serpent’s Fury, Kelley Armstrong, Puffin Canada
Star Song, Edward Willett, Shadowpaw Press
Walking in Two Worlds, Wab Kinew, Penguin Teen

Best Novelette/Novella
The Annual Migration of Clouds, Premee Mohamed, ECW Press
Decay in Five Stages, Julie E. Czerneda, Derelict, Zombies Need Brains
Lay Down Your Heart, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm and Hayden Trenholm,
Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories
The Return of the Sorceress, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Subterranean Press
These Lifeless Things, Premee Mohamed, Solaris

Best Short Story
Clear Waters“, C.J. Cheung (Calvin Jim), Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories
Eighteen Days of Barbareek, Rati Mehrotra, Uncanny Magazine, Issue Thirty-Nine
Elesa’s Eyes“, Elizabeth Whitton, On Spec Magazine #117, September
The Mathematics of Fairyland”, Phoebe Barton, Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 129
The Only Road“, Susan Forest, Shapers of Worlds Volume II
Second Thoughts“, Eric Choi, Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories

Best Graphic Novel/Comic
Crash and Burn, Kate Larking and Finn Lucullan, Astres Press
Critical Role: The Mighty Nein. Origins — Jester Lavorre, Sam Maggs with art by Hunter Severn Bonyun,
Dark Horse Comics
Goblins, Ellipsis Hana Stephens, Webcomic
It Never Rains, Kari Maaren, Webcomic
Shadow Life, Hiromi Goto with art by Ann Xu, First Second Books
Thor and Loki: Double Trouble, Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru, Marvel Comics

Best Poem/Song
Cat People Café“, Carolyn Clink, Polar Starlight #3
Crossroads”, Tiffany Morris, Nightmare Magazine, Issue 110
My Pillow Eats Screams“, Matt Moore, Polar Starlight #4
The Reality of Ghosts“, Yilin Wang, Fantasy Magazine #70
Widow“, Richard Van Camp, Food of My People, Exile Editions
Them + Us“, James Grotkowski, Polar Borealis Magazine #19

Best Related Work
Alias Space and Other Stories, Kelly Robson, Subterranean Press
Food of My People, edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Ursula Pflug, Exile Editions
Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Issue 32, edited by Karl Johanson
On Spec Magazine, #116, #117, and #118, managing editor Diane L. Walton, Copper Pig Writers’ Society
Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law,
Laksa Media Groups

Best Visual Presentation
Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice, Zacharias Kunuk,
Kingulliit Productions / Taqqut Productions
Dune (2021), directed by Denis Villeneuve, Legendary Entertainment
Free Guy, directed by Shawn Levy, Century Studios
Ghostbusters: Afterlife, directed by Jason Reitman, Columbia Pictures
Wynonna Earp, Season 4, episodes 7-12, Emily Andras, showrunner, Seven24 Films

Best Artist
Samantha Beiko, cover for Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories
James Beveridge, cover for On Spec Magazine, Issue #116, and
CD cover for Distant Past’s album, The Final Stage
Swati Chavda
, covers for Polar Starlight #1, plus Polar Borealis #18 and #20
Dan O’Driscoll, Red World, Blue Star, cover for On Spec Magazine, Issue #117, and cover for Star Song
Veronica Park, cover for The Annual Migration of Clouds

Best Fan Writing and Publication
Canadian SF&F book and magazine reviews in Amazing Stories (online), R. Graeme Cameron
In Defense of the Humble Cold Plate: How the Peculiar, Distinct, and Different Enriches Fiction,
Krista D. Ball
Polar Borealis Magazine, issues #17 to #20, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
Polar Starlight Magazine, issues #1 to #4, edited by Rhea E. Rose
Young People Read Old SFF, curated by James Davis Nicoll, Online

Best Fan Organizational
Argo Author Chats, A.E. Prevost, Argo Bookshop, monthly online book discussions (Montreal)
ephemera Reading Series, KT Bryski and Jen R. Albert (Toronto)
Hal-Con, Hal-Con Sci-Fi Fantasy Association (Halifax)
When Words Collide , chair, Randy McCharles (Calgary)
World Fantasy Convention, chair, Diane Lacey, (Montreal)

Best Fan Related Work
Broadcasts from the Wasteland, Brandon Crilly and Evan May, Podcast
The Feather and the Book: An Improvised Musical Story, Kari Maaren, YouTube
How I Taught My Dragon: Kindergarten education through genre media,
Jen Desmarais and Keladry Desmarais, JenEric Designs
Sci and Sci-Fi: Connecting the public to science and technology through storytelling,
Ron S. Friedman, YouTube
The Worldshapers, Edward Willett, Podcast