2016 Prix Aurora-Boréal

Auroran Lights #19 (June 2016)

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Prix Aurora Boréal 2016  Nominees and Winners

(Recipients in bold)

Prix Aurora-Boréal • Best Novel

Best novel of science fiction or fantasy published in French by a Canadian writer published in Canada in 2015.

  •  Philippe-Aubert Côté: Le Jeu du Démiurge (Alire)
  • Frédérick Durand: Au rendez-vous des courtisans glacés (version intégrale) (Les Six Brumes)
  • Frédérick Durand: Quand s’éteindra la dernière chandelle (Black Coat Press)
  • Éric Gauthier: La grande mort de mononc’ Morbide (Alire)
  • Yves Meynard: Les Marches de la lune morte (Alire

Prix Aurora-Boréal • Best Short Fiction

Best short science fiction or fantasy published in French by a Canadian writer published in Canada in 2015.

  • Geneviève Blouin: « L’Enchanteresse portait des Lévi’s » (Solaris 195)
  • Élise Lucie Henripin: « Baptême » (Clair/Obscur 13)
  • Pierre-Luc Lafrance: « Dans ses pas » (L’arracheur de rêves, Les Six Brumes)
  • Jean-Louis Trudel: « Garder un phénix en cage » (Solaris 195)
  • Guillaume Voisine: « Le contraste de l’éternité » (Bizarro, La Maison des viscères)

 Prix Aurora-Boréal • Best related work

Best literary criticism, review, book review, critical works, scenario anthology or collection of science fiction, fantasy or fantasy published in French in 2015 by a Canadian.

  • Pierre-Alexandre Bonin : Article « Je me souviens : modalités de la mémoire artificielle chez Isaac Asimov et Philippe K. Dick » (Solaris 196)
  • Brins d’éternité : Revue, ed. Ariane Gélinas, Alamo St-Jean et Guillaume Voisine
  • Pierre-Luc Lafrance : Recueil L’arracheur de rêves (Les Six Brumes)
  • Solaris : Revue, ed. Joël Champetier
  • Mario Tessier : Chronique « Les Carnets du Futurible » (Solaris 193-196)

Prix Boréal • Audiovisual Artistic Creation

Open to cartoonists, illustrators, painters, sculptors, film-makers, animation directors, and musicians whose work falls in all or part of the science fiction or fantasy genre. There will be only one entry per artist. The award is for the body of work of the year 2015.

  •  Grégory Fromenteau : Couvertures, Le Jeu du Démiurge, Les Marches de la Lune morte, etc.
  • Marie-Claude Landry [Mary Khaos] : Couvertures, Quand s’éteindra la dernière chandelle, Écorché, Bizarro, etc.
  • Érick Lefebvre : Couverture, Clair/Obscur 13, illustrations, Brins d’éternité 40-41, etc.
  • Émilie Léger : Couvertures, Brins d’éternité 40, Solaris 195; illustrations, Solaris 196, etc.
  • Laurine Spehner : Couverture, La Grande Mort de mononc’ Morbide, illustrations, Solaris 193-194, 196, etc.

Prix Boréal • Fan Creations

Non-professional contributions to enrichment the genre that can not be classified in the above categories are eligible. Includes, fanzines, webzines and blogs. A webzine or blog must have published during 2015 a minimum of 10 issues and deal with science fiction, or fantasy, provided that it is not only devoted to self-promotional ads.

The Prix Aurora-Boréal (Awards) were presented at the Congrès Boréal May 22, 2016.






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 www.prixaurorawards.ca.

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, Tor.com

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 19 Deadline For Nominations

Deadline is midnight EST, Saturday, March 19th.


To nominate you must have a membership for 2016.

If you are a paid-up 2016 member go to “Login” (on left of screen) and put in your membership number and password.

If you were a member from last year but are not yet paid up for 2016, place cursor on “Join/Nominate/Vote” (at top of screen) and click on “Renew” in the drop down menu. Follow instructions in order to renew. Then Login.

If you are not a member, place cursor on “Join/Nominate/Vote” (at top of screen) and click on “Join” in the drop down menu. Follow instructions in order to become a 2016 member. Then Login.

Once you have logged in, place cursor on “Join/Nominate/Vote”(at top of screen) and click on “Nominate.”

This will take you to a form which will allow you to place your nominations.

There are twelve awards, each with space for five nominees, each nominee with three spaces for relevant information (example: under Best Novel – Title, Author, & Publisher). All awards are for English language activity in the year 2015 only.

The Awards are:

Under Professional Categories:








Under Fan Categories:





To understand what each category covers (or does not cover) place cursor on “Aurora Awards” (at top of screen) and click on “Award Categories” in the drop down menu to see how each category is defined.

To get some idea of what works & individuals are eligible this year, place cursor on “Aurora Awards” (at top of screen) and click on “Eligibility Lists” in the drop down menu.

Please note that these lists do NOT imply that ONLY the items listed are eligible. The lists are simply suggestions submitted by various people. Consequently, the lists are by no means complete.

You are perfectly welcome to nominate ANY works or individuals of your own choice, providing they meet both the category definitions AND the produced or published 2015 qualification.

Note that you do not have to fill in every choice for every category. Fill in as many as you like and feel comfortable with. For example, if you read only three novels published in 2015 that you feel are worthy of nomination, then just nominate those three.

Once you have filled out the form to your liking, click the submit button at the bottom. That’s it. You’re done.

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, http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/hall-of-fame/.

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.  http://2016.congresboreal.ca/

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: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/eligibility-lists/.

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, www.whenwordscollide.org.  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.


First of all – ELIGIBILITY … the lists can be found here <http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awa…/eligibility-lists/>.
Please check through them and, where you think something has been missed, add it.

PLEASE NOTE: We have a new category this year – The Dramatic Presentation Aurora <http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/…/elig…/dramatic-presentation/
The definition for it is here <http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/award-categories/>.
On a different topic …Nominations for the Auroras opened January 1, 2016. They’ll close March 19th, 2016 (11:59:59 EDT). So get nominating!
FinallyNominations are open for the CSFFA Hall of Fame (also since Jan 1, 2016 and will close July 1st 2016). The Hall of Fame’s website page has been updated and the list of all the current nominees is there. If you see that a very important Canadian who has contributed to our genre (and that includes so-called “fringe” areas like horror, gaming, costuming etc), PLEASE nominate.

2015 Prix Aurora Award Winners

This year’s Aurora award for Best English Novel went to A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda published by DAW books.

There was a tie for this year’s Best English Young Adult Novel award.  The winners are Lockstep by Karl Schroeder published by Tor books and Out of This World by Charles de Lint published by Razorbill Canada.

Eric Choi won for Best Short Fiction for his story, “Crimson Sky”, published in the July/August issue of Analog magazine.  The Best Poem/Song award went to Tony Pi for “A Hex, With Bees”, published in Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE.

For 35 years the 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. This year the awards ceremony was held in Toronto, Ontario on November 22nd in conjunction with SFContario 6. A total of eleven awards were given out.

The following is the complete list of winners:

Best English Novel:  A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda, DAW Books
Best English YA Novel: TIE:
Lockstep by Karl Schroeder, Tor Books
Out of This World by Charles de Lint, Razorbill Canada
Best English Short Fiction: “Crimson Sky” by Eric Choi, Analog, July/August
Best English Poem/Song: “A Hex, With Bees” by Tony Pi, Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE
Best English Graphic Novel: It Never Rains by Kari Maaren, Webcomic
Best English Related Work: On Spec published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
Best Artist: Dan O’ Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press and On Spec magazine
Best Fan Publication: Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille
Best Fan Music: Kari Maaren, YouTube Channel
Best Fan Organizational: Sandra Kasturi, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Toronto
Best Fan Related Work: Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM

Voting and Nomination numbers are here

2015 Special General Meeting Results

The results of the three votes at the Special General Meeting held Saturday.

Hal-Con was voted as the host convention for Canvention 2017.

The new Aurora Award for Best Dramatic Presentation was approved. This new Aurora award would recognize excellence in visual presentations, including but not limited to TV series, TV specials, motion pictures and stage 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. It will be first presented in 2016 and a new category will be added to the eligibility list shortly.

The new Aurora Award for The Best in a Decade was approved. This Aurora Award will be given out once per decade to honour novels and multi-volume works (Adult or YA) that have stood the test of time.  The award would span a full decade. We also propose that the award for 2001 through 2010 to be first presented in 2017. The date that this award will be given out in future years will be chosen by the CSFFA board but will happen in the latter part of each decade.