The Aurora Awards

Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association

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Eligibility & 2020 Memberships Now Open!

Welcome to 2020!

Membership renewals for the new year are now open.  You will need to log in to the website to renew your membership.  If you have been a member in the past, your information will be linked to the ID and email address you used to register.  If you’re a new member, you’ll want to sign up for a new account to become a member.

Whether you’re renewing an existing membership or signing up for a new one, membership in the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) for the year is $10 CAD.

The eligibility lists are now open.  You must be logged in to the website to submit works to the eligibility lists, but if you do not wish to become a member, please contact us to request a non-voting login for the website.

Non-voting logins cannot vote in the awards and cannot nominate, but can submit works to the eligibility lists.  The most common users of non-voting logins are publishers from all over the world who wish to submit the works of their Canadian authors and non-Canadians who want to ensure their favourite Canadian author is listed in the eligibility.

As a reminder:  only works published in 2019 by Canadian citizens or Canadian Permanent Residents are eligible for the 2020 Aurora Awards.

If you have any difficulties with your membership, submitting to the eligibility lists, have feedback for us, or for any other reason, please do not hesitate to contact us.

2019 Aurora Awards Go To …

Press Release for the 2019 Aurora Awards

For Immediate Release

The 2019 Aurora Awards were given out at a ceremony held in Ottawa, Ontario at Can-Con 2019 on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Kate Heartfield’s novel Armed in Her Fashion from ChiZine Publications won for Best Novel.  Ryan Reynolds won his first Aurora for his acting, writing and producing roles for Deadpool 2.

Fonda Lee won her second Young Adult Novel Aurora for, Cross Fire, the second volume in her Exo series.  Kelly Robson won the Best Short Fiction award for her story, Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach which was published by

The Graphic Novel award went to Kari Maaren for her the webcomic, It Never Rains.  Editors Dominik Parisien and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry won Best Related Work for, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction from Uncanny Magazine.  Best Artist went to Samantha M. Beiko for cover art for Laksa Media.

Aurora awards have been 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.

For a more details about CSFFA, the Auroras or this year’s nominees, please go to our website at:  CSFFA memberships are open to all Canadians citizens and permanent residents.

The following is the complete list of winners:

  • Best Novel:  Armed in Her Fashion by Kate Heartfield, ChiZine Publications
  • Best YA Novel: Cross Fire: An Exo Novel by Fonda Lee, Scholastic Press
  • Best Short Fiction: “Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach” by Kelly Robson, Publications
  • Best Graphic Novel: It Never Rains by Kari Maaren, Webcomic
  • Best Poem/Song: Ursula Le Guin in the Underworld by Sarah Tolmie, On Spec issue 107 vol 28.4
  • Best Related Work: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction edited by Dominik Parisien and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Uncanny Magazine
  • Best Visual Presentation: Deadpool 2, written and produced by Ryan Reynolds, Twentieth Century Fox
  • Best Artist: Samantha M. Beiko, covers for Laksa Media
  • Best Fan Writing and Publication: She Wrote It But…Revisiting Joanna Russ’ “How to Suppress Women’s Writing” 35 Years Later, Krista D. Ball
  • Best Fan Organizational: Derek Künsken and Marie Bilodeau, co-chairs, Can*Con, Ottawa
  • Best Fan Related Work: Edward Willett, The Worldshapers (Podcast)

If you have any questions, please contact us!

Clifford Samuels
Aurora Awards administrator

Voting is now open!

All apologies for the delay from our loyal web minion.

Voting for the Aurora Awards is now open.

Voting will close September 14, 11:59 EDT

Remember, you must be logged in to the website with an active CSFFA membership in order to download the voter’s packages or to vote.  The voting page has important instructions on how to fill out the voting form.  Please read them before voting, especially if you are a first-time voter, and contact us if you have any questions about how to vote.

If you are already logged in, click here to go to the voting page.  Logged in members can also visit the voter package download page to review the works on the ballot before voting.

If you have not yet logged in, or you need to renew your membership, go to the member login page.

If you have not yet been a member of CSFFA, this year or in the past, you can go to the become a member page to join us. Membership costs $10 for the year and is renewed every year in January.

If you just want to see the public ballot, it is here.

Vote results will be announced at Can-Con October 18 – 20, 2019 in Ottawa ( and will be available on the website soon after.

Advance online participation in the CSFFA AGM opens after voting closes and we will send you an email when that is available.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please contact us.

Happy voting!

Voting delay

Due to loyal web minion illness, voting will open a bit late this year.  We’re aiming for the evening of Aug 4.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Voter Package Downloads are now available

Apologies for the delay.  We did have some technical difficulties but we’re pretty sure they’re all resolved.

Remember that voter package downloads are only available to current CSFFA members who are logged in to the site.

If you experience any difficulties with the voter package downloads, please contact us and let us know so we can fix any problems as soon as possible.

2019 Ballot

We are please to announce this year’s Aurora Awards ballot.
Click here to visit the public ballot page.
The voters package will be available for CSFFA members to download later this month.
Voting for the awards will begin on August 3, 2019.
Both the voters package and the ballot close at 11:59 pm EDT on September 14, 2019.
The awards ceremony will be held at Can-Con 2019, October 18-20, 2019, in Ottawa, (
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