Join the CSFFA board

Notice to current and past CSFFA members

We are looking for a few additional board members to help us run the society.  Below is a link to our webpage that outlines what is expected of board members and what we do.

In a nutshell the CSFFA board manages all aspects of the Aurora Awards and the Canadian Science Fiction Hall of Fame.  This ranges from managing our website, communicating to local community groups and conventions and overseeing all aspects of the awards.

If you are interested please let us know along with a short bio.  Board terms are for two years so board members that were elected last year at the AGM do not have to run this year.

Of course, if you would just like to work with the board within one of our departments we could always use additional assistance.

We definitely have a need to add new board members from eastern Canada.

Email enquiries:
Website information:

Clifford Samuels
CSFFA President

Nominations, Renewals and Works Lists

Nominations for the 2015 Prix Aurora Awards for works done in 2014 will open on January 1st as will membership renewals. You do have to be a paid-up CSFFA member to nominate a work.

However, you do not have to be paid up to add to the lists of 2014 works to be considered for nomination. Just log in and then go to

You don’t have to be a member, just join us at
and tell us about some of the great works from 2014 that you think deserve recognition.

2014 Prix Aurora Award Winners

CSFFA congratulates the winners of the
2014 Prix Aurora Awards:

Best English Novel: A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda, DAW Books
Best English YA Novel: The Rising by Kelley Armstrong, Doubleday Canada
Best English Short Fiction: “Ghost in the Machine” by Ryan McFadden, The Puzzle Box, EDGE
Best English Poem/Song: “Night Journey: West Coast” by Eileen Kernaghan , Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast, EDGE
Best English Graphic Novel: Rock, Paper, Cynic by Peter Chiykowski, webcomic
Best English Related Work: On Spec published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
Best Artist: Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications
Best Fan Music: Chris Hadfield for his performance of Space Oddity
Best Fan Organizational: Randy McCharles, Chair and Programming, When Words Collide, Calgary
Best Fan Related Work: Robert Runté, “Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading”, Scholar Keynote Address at ACCSFF ’13, Toronto

The Awards were presented at Canvention 34
hosted by VCON 39 Oct 4, 2014

The detailed voting and nomination numbers are here

2014 Award voting deadline coming

Voting for this year’s Aurora awards ends at Midnight, at the end of day, Eastern Daylight Time on September 6th, 2014.  That’s the first Saturday of the month.  If you live in Vancouver it will be 9pm, Saturday evening.  This allows the awards team who live out west time to make sure everyone gets a chance to vote and still get to bed before the sun comes up.

If you have not seen the ballot go to,

If you have not already downloaded the voter’s package you still have time to do this too.  It contains almost all of the eligible works.  You still have time to read a lot of what has been nominated.

The awards will be presented at our host convention. VCON 39, in Vancouver ( on October 4th.  There will be a High Tea that afternoon followed by the awards ceremony.  The awards ceremony is open to the public and is free but if you wish to attend the High Tea you must purchase a ticket,

The new Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame will also be unveiled at the awards ceremony. Along with past Aurora Lifetime Achievement award winners a special jury selected three additional names to be inducted. Names were submitted by CSFFA members. This year’s inductees are: William Gibson, Phyllis Gotlieb, Judith Merril, Dennis Mullin, Spider and Jeanne Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, A.E. van Vogt, and Susan Wood

For those that have not heard, this is the last year that the current Aurora award design will be given out.  Frank Johnson’s design has been used for the past 23 years.  We appreciate Frank’s dedication and hard work.  Frank will also be joining us at the awards ceremony.

To vote or download the voter’s package, log into your account and select the relevant item from the menu bar.

Vote for what you know.  You don’t have to vote in every category and you don’t have to vote for all the items in a category.  Please remember, if you are unfamiliar with a category or its nominated works leave all boxes blank.  The “No award” option is only to be used if you don’t approve of one or more of the nominated items.

This year’s ballot is a great one and I hope you take the time to review, read and get to know the nominated works.

2014 Aurora Award Voting Is Open

UPDATE: The Voter’s Package is Ready! Again this  year, CSFFA is pleased to offer a voters package package of candidate’s works. Many thanks to the authors, publishers, artists and performers who generously make this possible. If you like what you see, please support these good folks by buying their works.

You will need to be a member for the current year to  get the package. Login first , if you aren’t already, and then the package is here.

Want to see a full list of all the great material in the package?

Voting for the 2014 Aurora Awards is now open BUT you do have until September 6 to vote.

The 2014 Nominee Bios are here.

Annual General Meeting

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) is pleased to announce that the Annual General Meeting will be held June 7, 2014 at 6:00p.m.  at the Sentry Box bookstore, 1835 – 10th Ave SW, Calgary. Federal law no longer allows the AGM to be later than six months after year-end, or June 30th for CSFFA. We expect to have online advance voting as well as Internet access to the AGM.

Watch this space for AGM documents.

Pingbacks on the CSFFA website

Ping-backs:  For those that don’t know, a ping-back is connection between two related websites.  While ping-backs are not a bad thing they are not appropriate for Aurora award related pages.  CSFFA and the awards committee must show impartiality.  We can not have any links on our site to websites that promote someone’s personal choices for the awards.

For this reason we are turning off the Ping-back option on our site.  In the future we may create a special page for us to put news and related website links on for articles and blogs.  This page would have a disclaimer that all comments or blogs on those sites do not reflect the opinions of CSFFA or the awards.

Fan Category Nominations

Attention members:  When you nominate for any of the Fan categories please remember that they are only for work done by non-professionals.  This means that a writer who has sold books, stories or acted as an editor can not be nominated for work similar to that in the Fan Publication category.  If you are professional in one area but are being nominated for work done in a totally different area then you would be eligible.  It would be like professional writers who either did art or music.

Who have been the greatest contributors to Canadian SF & F over the years?

Here’s your chance to nominate the greatest Canadian SF Writers, Publishers, Editors, Artists, Graphic Novelists, Musicians/Filkers, Actors, Convention organizers, Fans, and Scientists and Astronauts to the CSFFA Hall of Fame.

You will nominate them not as just for this year’s novel, or con-running or whatever but for their long-term contribution to Canadian Science Fiction and/or Fantasy in one or more of the categories above and any others that you .

Nomination is straight-forward; you need to write out a description of the contributions your nominees have made that would make them eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Then email it to <HallofFame<at>>

(Replace the <at> with an @ in the above to get a real email address)

or mail it to CSFFA Hall of Fame c/o 1432 Velvet Road, Gibsons BC V0N 1V5 … before July 1st, 2014.

For more info go to <>