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Online AGM voting closes this Tuesday

If you are unable to attend this year’s AGM at When Words Collide there are just a few days left to vote.  Our online forms make it easy and quick.  Your feedback is important to us.  We no longer allow proxy voting.  You must either vote online or in-person on Sunday August 14th at 9am in the Canmore room at the Delta Calgary South hotel.

 Online voting closes at midnight EDT on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016.

 The agenda for this year’s vote has some important items that will impact a number of the fan categories.  Full details can be found at:

 To vote online for this year’s AGM log into your account and then go to:  

Voting for the 2016 Aurora Awards closes this Saturday night

Voting closes at the end of day on Saturday, July 23rd at midnight EDT.  That’s 9pm for those in BC, 10pm in Alberta and 1am on Sunday for those in Nova Scotia.   

As an added incentive, Kobo Canada is now sponsoring a prize of a free Kobo e-reader that will be drawn at When Words Collide ( ) for one of our members who voted for this year’s awards.  

Your vote matters.  Download/Read/Vote.  Check out the new Best Visual Presentation category.

Kobo Canada sponsors prize for Aurora Award voters

We would like to announce that CSFFA and the Aurora awards have a special new sponsor.  We are pleased to announce that Kobo Canada is now sponsoring a prize of a free Kobo e-reader for a 2016 CSFFA member who votes for this year’s awards.   

We would like to thank Mark Lefebvre, Director, Self-Publishing & Author Relations with Kobo Canada (Mark Leslie for his readers) who has arranged for this wonderful prize.  Mark will draw the winning name at When Words Collide in Calgary at the Guest of Honour Keynote speeches, Friday night, August 12th at 7pm.  When Words Collide / Canvention 36, 

All members of CSFFA who vote for this year’s awards will be automatically entered into the draw.  If you do not wish to be included into the draw please email us.  You do not have to be in attendance at the draw to win.

Voting is Open

For those that have not heard, voting for this year’s Aurora Awards is open.  Voting is open to all paid CSFFA members.  CSFFA membership is open to all Canadians and Landed Immigrants.  CSFFA members also have access to our voters package which contains e-versions of all of the nominated works.  Download/Read/Vote.  Make your membership count.  Voting closes at Midnight EST at the end of day, Saturday July 23rd.

2016 Voter Package is now available

We are please to announce that this year’s voter package is now available for paid CSFFA members to download.  This year’s package contains all nominated published works. We want to thank the nominees and their publishers for making this possible.

A list of what is in this year’s voter package can be found here or from the Join/Nomination/Vote menu list.

Details about the Voter Package and the download links can be accessed from here or from the Join/Nomination/Vote menu list.

Best Canadian Squirrel in a book, story or poem

  • Squirrelly McSquirrelface in, An Icebreaker goes North, Nuts Are Us books
  • Fuzzy Nutcracker in, The Galactic Safe, In Trees Publishing
  • Digger Moreholes in, “A Tail of Nuts”, Rodent Magazine, issue 341
  • Zippy Treeclimber in, “The Maze of Nuts”, Squirrel Poets, issue 1
  • Warhammer Graytail in, A Song of Oaks and Pine, Random Tree Press

We are proud to announce this special new category.  Stay tuned for more details.

2016 Aurora Award Ballot

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Aurora Awards for best works and activities done by Canadians in 2015.  The first eight categories are for professional works.  Voting for this year’s awards will begin on June 15th.  CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) members have until Midnight, EDT on July 23rd to cast their ballots.  The voter’s package will be available later in April.  Membership is open to all Canadians and Landed Immigrants.

The awards will be given out at Canvention 36, hosted by When Words Collide in Calgary, Alberta on the weekend of August 12-14th.  Full details about CSFFA, the awards and voting can be found at

Best English Novel

  • Cursed: Black Swan by Ryan T. McFadden, Dragon Moon Press
  • A Daughter of No Nation by A.M. Dellamonica, Tor Books
  • Drowning in Amber by E.C. Bell, Tyche Books
  • Much Ado about Macbeth by Randy McCharles, Tyche Books
  • Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Solaris
  • Too Far Gone by Chadwick Ginther, Ravenstone Books

Best English Young Adult Novel

  • The Flame in the Maze by Caitlin Sweet, ChiZine Publications
  • The Fountain by Suzy Vadori, Evil Alter Ego Press
  • An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet, Scholastic Canada/Clarion Books US
  • Mabel the Mafioso Dwarf by Sherry Peters, Dwarvenamazon
  • Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond by Jayne Barnard, Tyche Books

Best English Short Fiction

  •  “Cosmobotica” by Costi Gurgu & Tony Pi, Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk , Running Press
  • “Game Not Over” by Ron Friedman, Galaxy’s Edge, January
  • “La Héron” by Charlotte Ashley, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2015
  • “Looking for Gordo” by Robert J. Sawyer, Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft
  • “Super Frenemies” by Stephen Kotowych, Caped: An Anthology of Superhero Tales, Local Hero Press
  • “Waters of Versailles” by Kelly Robson,

Best English Poem/Song

  •  “Elegy for WLC” by David Clink, The Dalhousie Review
  • Origami Crane / Light Defying Spaceship” by Naru Dames Sundar, Liminality, Issue 5 Autumn
  • Portrait” by David Clink, On Spec Winter/Spring
  • Typhon & Echidna: A Love Story” by Sandra Kasturi, Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary
  • Venice Letting Go” by Sandra Kasturi, Postscripts to Darkness 6

Best English Graphic Novel

  • Bloodsuckers written by J.M. Frey, illustrated by Ryan Cole; Toronto Comics, Vol 2 (ed. Steven Andrews)
  • Crash and Burn: Prologue by Kate Larking & Finn Lucullan, Astres Press
  • Infinitum by GMB Chomichuk, ChiZine Publications
  • The Lady ParaNorma by Vincent Marcone, ChiZine Publications
  • West of Bathurst: The Complete Collection by Kari Maaren

Best English Related Work

  • Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond edited by Madeline Ashby and David Nickle, ChiZine Publications
  • nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles, EDGE
  • Playground of Lost Toys edited by Colleen Anderson and Ursula Pflug, Exile Editions
  • Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places edited by J R Campbell and Charles Prepolec, EDGE
  • Second Contacts edited by Michael Rimar & Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press

Best Visual Presentation

  • Bitten, Season 2, Daegan Fryklind, No Equal/eOne/Hoodwink
  • Continuum, Season 4, Simon Barry, Reunion Pictures
  • Dark Matter, Season 1, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, Prodigy Pictures
  • Killjoys, Season 1, Michelle Lovretta, Temple Street Productions
  • Orphan Black, Season 3, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, Temple Street Productions

Best Artist

  • James Beveridge, covers and poster art
  • Erik Mohr, covers for ChiZine Publications
  • Jeff Minkevics, covers for Five Rivers Press
  • Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press
  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, body of work: Robot sculptures made from upcycled metal objects

Best Fan Publication

  • Broken Toys edited by Taral Wayne
  • Ecdysis edited by Jonathan Crowe
  • The Page of Reviews edited by Adam Shaftoe-Durrant
  • Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille
  • WARP, issues 90-93 edited by Cathy Palmer-Lister

Best Fan Organizational

  • Samantha Beiko and Chadwick Ginther, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Winnipeg
  • Derek Künsken and Marie Bilodeau, Executive, Can*Con 2015, Ottawa
  • Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa
  • Alana Otis and Paul Roberts, Co-chairs, Ad Astra 34 Convention, Toronto

Best Fan Related Work

  • Morva Bowman and Alan Pollard, Halsway Con Concert, Somerset, UK
  • Keith Braithwaite, The Doctor and his Companion, Montreal Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (WARP)
  • Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Kari Maaren, Everbody Hates Elves (album), Bandcamp and CD
  • Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM

Note: No award will be given out for the Best Music category this year due to insufficient eligible nominees.  Eligible nominees were incorporated into the Best Fan Related Work.

March 2016 CSFFA / Aurora Awards update

Special AGM News:  We are happy to announce that CSFFA has received an exception from Corporations Canada that allows us to hold our AGM at any time of the year not just within the first six months.  This means that AGMs in the future will always be held at Canvention.  So, this year’s AGM will be held on Sunday, August 14th at When Words Collide.

Aurora Awards deadline:  This year’s awards happen earlier than in the past few years so we wanted everyone to know that all nominations for this year’s awards must be in by Midnight, EDT on March 19th.  That’s a Saturday night.  Remember, this is EDT so if you live in BC it would mean you have until 9pm that night but if you live in Halifax it would be 1am the next morning.  Confused, I hope not.  We do it at that time so the awards department can be up until the last person nominates.

Remember, we now have 12 categories.  This year we have added the Best Dramatic Presentation award.  This is for plays, movies and TV shows that were done by a Canadian (for TV we’re talking the showrunner).  When nominating a TV show, this award refers to all episodes not just for a specific one.

If you are unsure about what to nominate check out our eligibility list.  More on this below.

Aurora Award dates:  This is a quick guide to the dates related to everything Aurora for 2016.

  • Eligibility Lists: Opens January 1st and closes on March 19th
  • Nomination Dates: Opens January 1st and closes on March 19th at Midnight EDT
  • Ballot Announcement: April 1st (and that’s no joke)
  • Voter’s Package: Available April 15th, earlier if possible, and closes July 23rd.
  • Voting Dates: Opens June 15th and closes on July 23rd at Midnight EDT.
  • Awards ceremony: August 13th in Calgary at When Words Collide

CSFFA Hall of Fame:  All CSFFA members are encouraged to submit names and bios of Canadians who they feel have made a significant contribution to the SF/Fantasy/Horror genre.  Each year a special jury looks over what has been submitted and selects two inductees.  Check out our webpage for more details,

Congrès Boréal:  The French language Aurora Boréal awards will be handed out at the Boréal Convention (Congrès Boréal) in Mont-Laurier, Quebec on the weekend of May 20-22, 2016.

Eligibility List:  CSFFA now manages lists of works that are eligible for this year’s awards.  If you do not see something and you feel that it has been missed, we encourage you to log into your account and submit it.  All we ask is that you make sure that you are getting it on the right list, we do have two novel categories (Novel and YA Novel).  Make sure that the work you are adding has been done by a Canadian and that is was originally or first done in 2015.  For our lists go to:

Canvention 36 in Calgary:  When Words Collide will be hosting Canvention and the Aurora Awards this year on the weekend of August 12-14th.  The awards banquet will take place on Saturday evening.  Tickets for both WWC and the banquet are available online at,  Last year’s convention sold out two months before the festival so if you are planning to attend don’t wait until the last moment to get your ticket.  All Aurora events such as the pin and awards ceremony, and the AGM are open to the public and do not require a convention membership.  Space may be limited.