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Press Release for the 2021 Aurora Awards

The 2021 Aurora Awards were announced during a live streamed ceremony organized by Ottawa’s Can*Con convention on October 16th, 2021.  Author Silvia Moreno-Garcia gave a keynote to start the awards ceremony.  Author Kevin Hearne announced the first time nominees who were receiving their nominee pin. The ceremonies also included the induction of authors Monica Hughes and Jean-Louis Trudel, and fan and Godzilla expert, Stan G Hyde, into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association’s (CSFFA) Hall of Fame.

The Best Novel award went to author Silvia Moreno-Garcia for Mexican Gothic.  Susan Forest’s Flights of Marigold won in the Best Young Adult Novel category.  Showrunner Steve Blackman took home his second Aurora for the second season of The Umbrella Academy.

Aurora awards are given out for Canadian literary and fan works that members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) feel are exceptional.  A total of eleven awards were given out.  This year the society split the Short Fiction category to create a Novelette/Novella and a Short Story award.  Few conventions happened in 2020, so works that would normally have been in the Fan Organizational category were combine with the Fan Related Work category,

Next year’s awards will be hosted by Calgary’s When Words Collide festival.  Can*Con was voted to be the host for 2023 at the society’s AGM in June.

The full list of 2021 Aurora Awards is:

Best Novel:  Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Random House Publishing Group
Best YA Novel:  Flights of Marigold, Susan Forest, Laksa Media Groups Inc.
Best Novelette/Novella: “Tool Use by the Humans of Danzhai County“, Derek Künsken, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, July/Aug
Best Short Story:  “All Cats Go to Valhalla“, Chadwick Ginther, Swashbuckling Cats: Nine Lives on the Seven Seas, Tyche Books
Best Graphic Novel:  It Never Rains, Kari Maaren, webcomic
Best Poem/Song:  Nidhog“, Jo Walton, The Book of Dragons, Harper Voyager
Best Related Work: On Spec Magazine, Diane L. Walton, Managing Editor, The Copper Pig Writers Society
Best Visual Presentation:  The Umbrella Academy, Steve Blackman, Netflix
Best Artist:  Samantha M. Beiko, cover for Flights of the Marigold, Laska Media Group
Best Fan Writing and Publication: Polar Borealis, Issues #13 to #16, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
Best Fan Related Work:  When Words Collide, Randy McCharles, chair, online festival

Interested in the awards statistics? Go to our results grid.  It contains information about how voting went and all the works that received at least five nominations.  The link is: https://prixaurorawards.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2021-aurora-results-grids.pdf 

2021 Aurora Award Ballot

This ballot is for works done in 2020 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 Oct 16, 2021 hosted by Can-Con (http://can-con.org/).  NOTE: Due to Covid-19, works normally in Fan Organizational are in the Fan Related Work category.

Best Novel

Beneath the Rising, Premee Mohamed, Solaris
A Connecticut Gumshoe in King Arthur’s Court, Randy McCharles, Tyche Books
Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Random House Publishing Group
The Oppenheimer Alternative, Robert J. Sawyer, Red Deer Press
A Stitch in Time, Kelley Armstrong, KLA Fricke

Best Young Adult Novel

Flights of Marigold, Susan Forest, Laksa Media Groups Inc.
The Gryphon’s Lair, Kelley Armstrong, Puffin Canada
Hollow, Rhonda Parrish, Tyche Books
Return to Atlantis, J.M. Dover, Evil Alter Ego Press
Wall of Wishes, Suzy Vadori, Old Vines Press

Best Novelette/Novella

Go Fish, Ian Rogers, Tor.com
The Immolation of Kev Magee“, L.X. Beckett (pseudonym for A.M. Dellamonica), Clarkesworld, Issue 167, Aug
An Important Failure“, Rebecca Campbell, Clarkesworld, Issue 167, Aug
How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobučar, Rich Larson, Tor.com
To Sail the Black“, A.C. Wise, Clarkesworld, Issue 170, Nov
Tool Use by the Humans of Danzhai County“, Derek Künsken, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, July/Aug

Best Short Story

All Cats Go to Valhalla“, Chadwick Ginther, Swashbuckling Cats: Nine Lives on the Seven Seas, Tyche Books
The Bone-Stag Walks“, KT Bryski, Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 123, August
Breathe“, Calvin D. Jim, Prairie Gothic, Prairie Soul Press
Grass Gods“, Elizabeth Whitton, Prairie Gothic, Prairie Soul Press
Night Folk“, Barb Galler-Smith, Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, Issue 47, November

Best Graphic Novel/Comic

Crash and Burn, Kate Larking and Finn Lucullan, Astres Press
Goblins, Ellipsis Hana Stephens, Goblins Comic
Gothic Tales of Haunted Futures, edited by S.M. Beiko, Renegade Arts Entertainment
It Never Rains, Kari Maaren, webcomic
Krampus is My Boyfriend!, S.M. Beiko, Webtoon
Northwest Resistance, Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, Highwater Press

Best Poem/Song

Arachnoid Cyst“, Dominik Parisien, This Magazine, March/April
Back Story“, David Clink, Strange Horizons, Issue 21, September
The Death of the Gods“, Leah Bobet, Uncanny Magazine #32
Electra“, Y.M. Pang, Arsenika
Hamilton Harbour“, Lynne Sargent, A Refuge of Tales, Renaissance Press
he scores“, Beth Cato and Rhonda Parrish, Star*Line, Summer
Masquerade“, Colleen Anderson, On Spec, Issue 115, vol 31 no 1
Nidhog“, Jo Walton, The Book of Dragons, Harper Voyager

Best Related Work

Augur Magazine, Issues 3.1 and 3.2, published by Kerry C. Byrne, Alexander De Pompa, and Lawrence Stewen
Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space, Amanda Leduc, Coach House Books
On Spec Magazine, Diane L. Walton, Managing Editor, The Copper Pig Writers Society
PodCastle edited by Jen R. Albert and Cherae Clark, host Setsu Uzumé, and producer Peter Adrian Behravesh, Escape Artists Inc.
Prairie Gothic, edited by Stacey Kondla, Prairie Soul Press
Swashbuckling Cats: Nine Lives on the Seven Seas, edited by Rhonda Parrish, Tyche Books

Best Visual Presentation

Don’t Text Back, Kaye Adelaide and Mariel Sharp, Fantasia Film Festival
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 13, episodes 10-18, Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Peter Mitchell, Yannick Bisson, and Hélène Joy, Shaftesbury
Trickster, episodes 1-6, Michelle Latimer and Tony Elliott, Streel Films, Sienna Films, and CBC
The Umbrella Academy, Steve Blackman, Netflix
Wynonna Earp, Season 4, episodes 1-6, Emily Andras, Seven24 Films Calgary

Best Artist

Lorna Antoniazzi, covers for Augur Magazine Issues 3.1 and 3.2
Samantha M. Beiko, cover for Flights of the Marigold, Laska Media Group
Swati Chavda, art, maps, and covers for multiple publications
Dan O’Driscoll, cover for Corona Burning
Maia Kondla-Wolf, cover for Prairie Gothic, Prairie Soul Press

Best Fan Writing and Publication

BCSFAzine, Issues #538 to #547, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
Clubhouse, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine, R. Graeme Cameron, online
Polar Borealis, Issues #13 to #16, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
Random Musings, Issue #539 to #547 in BCSFAzine, Robert J. Sawyer
Travelling TARDIS, Jennifer Desmarais, JenEric Designs
Young People Read Old SFF, edited by James Davis Nicoll, online

Best Fan Related Work

2020 Aurora Awards Ceremony, Mark Leslie Lefebvre and Liz Anderson, online event
AugurCon, Kerry C. Byrne and Terese Mason Pierre, Augur Magazine Literary Society
ephemera reading series, KT Bryski and Jen R. Albert, ephemera Collective, online
Speculating Canada: Canadian Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy, Derek Newman-Stille
When Words Collide, Randy McCharles, chair, online festival

How to watch the Aurora Awards ceremony

It’s almost time to reveal who will be taking home this year’s Aurora Awards.

On October 16th at 7pm EDT our host, Can*Con, will be presenting the Aurora Awards in a virtual ceremony.

For full information about the ceremony and who the presenters are, go to:  http://can-con.org/ and look at the Upcoming Events items in the menu.

The ceremony will be accessible via their YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/CANCONSF/featured.

There will also be a post-event celebration party in the Can*Con Lounge, but you will need a Can*Con account.  It’s free.  If you don’t already have an account, you will need to get one in advance.  Their signup page is:  https://can-con.org/account/.  Please do this early and not just before the ceremony since your account will need to be verified.

Voting for the 2021 Aurora Awards is now CLOSED

Thanks to all those who cast a ballot for this year’s Aurora Awards.  The results will be announced at an online streaming ceremony hosted by Can*Con on Saturday evening, October 15th at 7pm Eastern Time.  Watch this page for full details about where to go to watch it.

Final Notice: Voting Closes This Saturday

Voting for this year’s Aurora Awards will close at 11:59 pm EDT September 4th, 2021 (if you live in BC that would be 8:59 pm, 9:59 pm in Alberta and so on.)  That’s THIS Saturday.

Your vote is important so don’t forget to vote.  You don’t have to vote in all categories or for all works.  So, vote for what you liked and what you know.

If you have trouble accessing your account, please contact us ASAP via the Contact form on our main page. Do not wait until the last moment to cast your ballot.

Aurora Award Voting is Open

This year’s online ballot is now open.  Voting will close at 11:59 pm EDT September 4th, 2021 (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.

We’ve made some significate changes to the voting form.  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.  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 be cancelled, 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.

2021 CSFFA AGM Voting is now open

CSFFA members can now vote on this year’s AGM items.  Voting must be done online prior to our virtual Zoom AGM.  Voting will close at 11:59 pm EDT on June 25th.  You must have a 2021 CSFFA membership to vote.

We are doing our annual general meeting within the first six months of our calendar year in compliance with federal government’s requirements.  In the past we had a dispensation that allowed us to hold it later but with better online tools it is easier to hold the AGM online.  It also allows more members to participate.

All AGM documents are accessible once you have logged into your account.  We have provided our 2020 financial statement, actions taken by the board in 2020 and who is running to be on the board.  You can also submit questions to the board.

We encourage all members to participate.

Please note:  This is our annual meeting to discuss the CSFFA society.  This is not a vote for the Aurora Awards.  That will not begin until July 31st.

2021 Aurora Voters Package is available

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Aurora Awards Voters Package is now available.  Become a part of the excitement and download your package today!   Items in our Voters Package have been kindly provided by the nominees and their publishers.  They are there to help our members make more informed decisions when they vote and are strictly for their personal use.

Voting for this year’s awards opens on July 31, 2021, and will close on September 4, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT. The Voter’s Package will close at the same time and will no longer be available to download. Please be aware that our system gets busy in the last few days and your votes may be locked out if made to close to the deadline.

To download this year’s package or to vote you must be a paid member of CSFFA. Annual memberships are just $10.00 and are open to all Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

The Aurora Awards will be presented virtually by Can-Con on October 16, 2021

Good luck to all the nominees and happy reading to all our CSFFA members.

Aurora Award Interviews

Over the past few weeks, we’ve done a few interviews about this year’s Aurora Awards.

The first was with Ryah Deines from Tyche Books.  Here’s the link to the YouTube video:  https://youtu.be/55u3ROQBO2o

The second is an audio interview for the Stuph File Program (#0614)   hosted by Peter Anthony Holder.  We have a link to just my portion of the interview here:  Stuph File interview.  For the full show and other shows go to Stuph File website at www.thestuphfile.com.  For their newsletter go to:   The Stuph File Newsletter