The Aurora/Boréal Award winners were announced May 5 at the 30th Boréal convention in Montréal. The award recognizes the best works produced by Canadians in French in the speculative genres.
Aurora-Boréal Award for best novel
Transtaïga by Ariane Gélinas, the first volume of a larger work, Les villages assoupis [The Sleeping Villages], published by Marchand de feuilles. Gélinas also received a $500 prize provided by SF Canada, Canada’s national association of speculative fiction professionals.
Aurora-Boréal Award for best short fiction
“Le Chasseur” [The Hunter] by Geneviève Blouin. (Novella published by Six Brumes as a standalone book.)
Aurora-Boréal Award for best related work
Solaris, the oldest genre magazine in Canada. The award was accepted by Joël Champetier, the magazine’s editor in chief.
Boréal award for artistic and audiovisual achievement
Ève Chabot, for illustrations in the magazine Brins d’éternité.
Boréal award for best fan publication
Brins d’éternité (which began the year 2012 as a fanzine and upgraded to professional status by the end of the year.)
Boréal award for the one-hour writing contest at the convention
Professional author category: Geneviève Blouin for her short story “Trou noir de mémoire” [Memory Black Hole]
Rising author category: Dave Côté for his short story “Brouillard” [Mist]
The award is sponsored by SFSF Boréal Inc. and the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, and the winners determined by a vote open to all who wish to take part.