All items in these categories must have been originally/first published, performed or done in the prior calendar year. The calendar year runs from January 1st and end at midnight on December 31st. All nominees in any of these categories must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant. A work or person can not be nominated for the same thing in more than one category.
The following seven categories are for professional works in English for Science Fiction or Fantasy. For a definition of what a professional is please refer to our definitions.
BEST NOVEL – ENGLISH
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy novel in English, over 40,000 words by a Canadian, published within that year. A work that is greater than 40,000 words and is published as a stand-alone book can be allowed in this category if the author wishes it.
BEST YA NOVEL – ENGLISH
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy novel in English, over 30,000 words written for Young Adults by a Canadian, published within that year. A work that is greater than 30,000 words and is published as a stand-alone book can be allowed in this category if the author wishes it. An author may request that their novel be judged in the adult category by contacting the awards administrator.
BEST SHORT FICTION – ENGLISH
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy short fiction in English with fewer than 40,000 words, by a Canadian published within that year. This category covers short form fiction in English such as novelettes, novellas, short stories and flash fiction. Note: Poetry is now in its own category (see below.)
BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL – ENGLISH
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy graphic novel, single issue of a serial or an on-line comic in English, by a Canadian published within that year. This category is for published works that are mainly graphical. The nominees can be based on the written word, illustration or colour work.
BEST POEM/SONG – ENGLISH
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy poem or song in English, by a Canadian published or performed within that year. This category covers Poems and Song performances in English. A song includes lyrics and music. A song may be available as a document that includes lyrics musical notation, as a recording, as a performance at a fan event or any combination of these ways.
BEST RELATED WORK – ENGLISH
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy literary criticism, book review, CD, critical editions, screen play, anthology, or a single-author collection released as a book in English, by a Canadian published within that year. This category covers all professionally written works that are not covered in the previous professional categories.
BEST VISUAL PRESENTATION – ENGLISH New for 2016
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy movie, television production, stage play or similar work. This Aurora award recognizes excellence in visual presentations. The Award shall be made on the quality of the overall presentation and so will take into account the acting, direction, cinematography and production as well as the writing. Canadian in the context of this award will be considered in a manner similar to the CRTC definition. The producer or showrunner must be Canadian as well as some of Director, Screenwriter, Lead Performer(s), Production Designer , Director of Photography, Music Composer, Picture Editor.
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy artwork or body of artwork, by a Canadian displayed or published within that year. This category can be for a specific piece of art like a book cover or it can be defined for a body of work done during that year. Unlike the previous categories, this category is for both English and French artists.
The following categories are for non-professional or fan work. Nominees are eligible for unpaid works. Both French and English fans may be nominated.
Note: Professionals may be nominated for fan awards if their activity relevant to the award is unpaid, unrelated to their paid work whether in the genre or not, and fannish in nature.
BEST FAN WRITING AND PUBLICATIONS
Best written work such as articles, letters, fanzines or fan newsletter or publications either in print or by electronic means, whose content significantly relates to Science Fiction or Fantasy, published by a Canadian at least once during the previous calendar year.
This category covers both paper and web fanzines. It can also include on-line fan-run blogs or review sites. We require that a significant amount of their content to be dedicated to Science Fiction and Fantasy genre-related topics such as books, movies, comics, gaming, filk or conventions. They can not be ones that have commercial products for sale or be dedicated to a professional group or person. It must be fannish in nature.
BEST FAN ORGANIZATIONAL
Best organizational contributions to Canadian Science Fiction or Fantasy conventions, club activities or other organized activities, by a Canadian during the previous calendar year.
This category is for fans that run or organize non-profit/non-professional Science Fiction and Fantasy related conventions, clubs or organizations. This is includes literary, gaming, comic and media events. Note: Music events are now in their own category (see below.)
BEST FAN RELATED WORK
Best fan activity in the area of Science Fiction or Fantasy not encompassed by the previous two subsections in areas such as: presentations, performances, concerts, music CD, APAS, or Art by a Canadian in the previous calendar year. It must be done for a related event or publication associated to the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. Note: This category used to be called Best Fan Other but was renamed at the 2012 AGM. Note 2: This category also includes all items that used to be in the old Fan Music category.
Note: If a fan feels that they have been incorrectly categorized they may contact the awards administrator at
The administrator has the final say in all decisions.