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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 (www.whenwordscollide.org ).  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

Nominations close Saturday, March 26th at 11:59pm EDT

Yes, time is getting short.  Please make sure you have put in your choices before 11:59pm EDT for works you would like to see on this year’s ballot.  That’s this coming Saturday.

Do not wait until the last minute to purchase your membership so you can nominate.  We will try to make sure everyone is able to access their accounts.

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Auroras

Nominations are now open to CSFFA members and will close on March 26th at 11:59 pm EDT.  You may select/change/remove items at any time until nominations close.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  You must log into your account to nominate.  Click here to review rules about the awards.

All twelve categories are open this year and members may select up to five different works in each category.  Select works from the dropdown lists, which are sorted by title.  If you want to remove an item that you have chosen, select the blank line at the top of the dropdown list.  You must click the Update button at the bottom of each nomination form to save your selections.  Your choices will be displayed on your nomination central page.

You don’t have to nominate in all categories.  Nominate those works that you enjoyed, because this is your chance to have your favorite works from 2021 on this year’s Aurora Awards final ballot.  The top five most-nominated works in each category will be selected to be on the final ballot.

Items on our eligibility lists have been submitted by publishers, authors, and fans, and verified by a team of CSFFA volunteers.  To review what is eligible for this year’s awards you can go to our public eligibility page.  Unlike our dropdown lists, these lists are sorted by authors’ or creators’ first name.

Eligibility lists close Feb 12th

Please be aware that our eligibility lists close on the 12th.  Most of our information says that but an old blog post said the 19th.  If you miss getting something in please just send a note via our contacts page requesting an item be added to the list.  That will be open until the 18th of February.  Sorry for any confusion.

Eligibility Lists are Open

Sorry for the delay but the eligibility lists for this year’s Aurora Awards are now open for members to submit works they would like to nominate.  Works must be by Canadians or Landed Immigrants and must have been first published in any format or done (such a film or activities) in 2021.

All Canadians may submit whether you are a reader, a fan, the publisher, or the editor.  If you are not a Canadian or don’t have an account and would like to submit works you can either email us the details (title, author, publisher, date published, and a weblink) or request a non-voting account.  Please note, a non-voting account cannot be used to participate in any aspect of the awards other than adding works to our lists.

You have until the 19th of February to submit works.  Our team of volunteers will review all submissions and verify they are eligible for this year’s awards.  Please get works onto our lists as soon as possible to give us time to review.

Important Dates for 2022

Yes, it’s that time again.  A new year and new lists for the 2022 Aurora Awards.  After careful review we have worked out dates for 2022 when CSFFA activities will open and close.  The awards will be held in August via our host, When Words Collide, so things will happen a little earlier than last year.

So that we don’t overlap voting for the AGM and the Awards we will be doing this year’s AGM in early June before we begin voting for the awards.  The AGM will again be held virtually so everyone can attend.  As in past year’s you will be required to vote (online) on AGM items prior to the AGM.

The eligibility list will open in January, and you will have five weeks to put in works that you have either done or know about that were done by Canadians that you would like to have eligible to nominate.  Later in February we will open nominations where CSFFA members can nominate up to five different works in each of the twelve categories.  This will also be open for five weeks.  You can only select items that have been verified on our eligibility lists.

Here is the link to the full list of dates:  Important CSFFA Dates

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

Canvention and Aurora Awards Host