2013 Aurora/Boréal Awards

Jean-Louis Trudel of SF Canada hands Ariane Gélinas, the winner of the Aurora-Boréal Award for best novel, a presentation cheque for $500. Photo (c) 2013 by Charles Mohapel.

Ariane Gélinas, winner of the Aurora-Boréal Award for Best Novel, receives a presentation cheque for $500 from Jean-Louis Trudel of SF Canada. Photo (c) 2013 by Charles Mohapel.

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.

2011 Prix Aurora Winners

The 2011 Aurora Awards were announced November 20 at SFContario 2 (Canvention 31).

2011 Prix Aurora Awards

Professional Awards

Best English Novel
Watch, by Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada

Best English Short Story
The Burden of Fire
by Hayden Trenholm, Neo-Opsis #19

Best English Poem / Song
The ABCs of the End of the World
by Carolyn Clink, A Verdant Green, The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box 

Best English Graphic Novel
Goblins, Tarol Hunt, goblinscomic.com

Best English Related Work
The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi, DAW

Best Artist (Professional and Amateur)
Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications

Fan/ Amateur Awards

Best Fan Publications
[No award given due insufficient eligible nominees]

Best Fan Filk
Dave Clement and Tom Jeffers of Dandelion Wine for “Face on Mars” CD

Best Fan Organizational
Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi, chairs of Toronto SpecFic Colloquium (Toronto)

Best Fan Other
John and Linda Ross Mansfield, Conception of the Aurora Nominee pins

[Thanks to Lloyd Penney for the list.]

Look for Aurora Nominees on May 15

The Prix Aurora Award nominees will be revealed at Boréal in Montreal on May 15.

Before that happens, the winners of the Prix Aurora/Boréal (given for work in French) will be announced. Its shortlist was already announced and voted upon:

The Prix Aurora/Boréal Awards ceremony is slated for Sunday, May 15, at the Hôtel Espresso (1005 rue Guy, Montréal), between 16:00 and 17:00. The master of ceremonies will be Alain Ducharme. Jean-Louis Trudel will present the Prix Aurora Boréal for Best Novel (in French) (as a CSFFA Director) and also the $500 cheque for Best Novel on behalf of SF Canada (of whose executive he is a member-at-large). Aurora nominee pins will be presented to the nominees on-site.

[Via Auroran Lights #4.]

2011 Prix Aurora Nominations Open

Logo of the Canadian SF Works Database.

The 2011 Prix Aurora nominations are open until April 30. (Ballots have been accepted since January 8.)  Auroras are only for Canadian citizens or landed immigrants — Canadian citizens living abroad also are eligible.

Three new categories have been added to the Auroras this year:

  • Best Fan Filk
  • Best Graphic Novel – English
  • Best Poetry/Lyrics – English

Eligible works are listed at the Canadian SF Works Database.

[Via Auroran Lights.]

SF Canada Funds Aurora Prize Money

SF Canada, the national association for Canadian sf professionals, has created the SF Canada Award, a $500 prize that will be awarded to winners of the Best Novel categories of the Aurora Award [English) and Prix Aurora-Boréal (French), voted on annually by Canadian fans.

This news appeared in the first issue of Auroran Lights [PDF file], the new monthly newsletter of the Canadian SFF Association, which runs the Aurora awards. R. Graeme Cameron edits the zine.

2010 Prix Aurora Nominees

Nominees for Canada’s Prix Aurora Awards have been announced. The winners will be revealed at KeyCon 27/Canvention 30 during the May 21-24 weekend. See the website for voting information.

BEST NOVEL IN ENGLISH
The Amulet of Amon-Ra, by Leslie Carmichael, CBAY Books
Druids, by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy
Wake, Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada
Steel Whispers, Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press
Terra Insegura, Edward Willett, DAW Books

MEILLEUR ROMAN EN FRANÇAIS (Best Novel In French)
Le protocole Reston. Mathieu Fortin, (Coups de tête)
L’axe de Koudriss. Michèle Laframboise, Médiaspaul
Suprématie. Laurent McAllister, (Bragelonne)
Un tour en Arkadie. Francine Pelletier, Alire
Filles de lune 3. Le talisman de Maxandre. Élisabeth Tremblay, (De Mortagne)

BEST SHORT-FORM WORK IN ENGLISH
“Pawns Dreaming of Roses”, Eileen Bell, Women of the Apocalypse. Absolute Xpress
“Here There Be Monsters” Brad Carson, Ages of Wonder, (DAW)
“Little Deaths” Ivan Dorin, Tesseracts Thirteen
“Radio Nowhere” Douglas Smith, Campus Chills
“The World More Full of Weeping” Robert J. Wiersema, ChiZine Publications

MEILLEURE NOUVELLE EN FRANÇAIS (Best Short-Form In English)
« Ors blancs » Alain Bergeron, (Solaris 171)
« De l’amour dans l’air » Claude Bolduc, (Solaris 172)
« La vie des douze Jésus » Luc Dagenais, (Solaris 172)
« Billet de faveur » Michèle   Laframboise, (Galaxies 41)
« Grains de silice » Mario Tessier, (Solaris 170)
« La mort aux dés » Élisabeth Vonarburg, (Solaris 171)

BEST WORK IN ENGLISH (OTHER)
Women of the Apocalypse   (the Apocalyptic Four) Editor, Absolute Xpress
Ages of Wonder Julie E. Czerneda, & Robert St. Martin, Editors, DAW Books
Neo-Opsis Magazine, Karl Johanson, Editor
On Spec Magazine, Diane Walton, Managing Editor, The Copper Pig Writers’ Society
Distant Early Warnings: Canada’s Best Science Fiction Robert J. Sawyer, Editor, Robert J. Sawyer books

MEILLEUR OUVRAGE EN FRANÇAIS (AUTRE) (Best Work In French (Other))
Critiques. Jérôme-Olivier Allard, (Solaris 169-172)
Revue. Joel Champetier, éditeur, Solaris
Le jardin du general, Manga. Michele Laframboise, ,Fichtre, Montréal
Rien à voir avec la fantasy. Thibaud Sallé, (Solaris 169)
Chronique «Les Carnets du Futurible». Mario Tessier, (Solaris 169-171)

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT
Kari-Ann Anderson, for cover of “Nina Kimberly the Merciless”,Dragon Moon Press
Jim Beveridge, “Xenobiology 101: Field Trip'” Neo-opsis #16
Lar de Souza, “Looking for Group” online Comic
Tarol Hunt, “Goblins”. Webcomic
Dan O’Driscoll, Cover of Steel Whispers , Bundoran Press

FAN ACCOMPLISHMENT (Fanzine)
Jeff Boman, The Original Universe
Richard Graeme Cameron,WCFSAZine
Dale Speirs, Opuntia
Guillaume Voisine, éd. Brins d’Éternité
Felicity Walker, BCSFAzine

FAN ACCOMPLISHMENT (Organization)
Renée Benett, for “In Spaces Between” at Con-Version 25
Robbie Bourget, and René Walling, Chairs of “Anticipation”, the 67th WorldCon
David Hayman, organization Filk Hall of Fame
Roy Miles, work on USS Hudson Bay Executive
Kirstin Morrell, Programming for Con-Version 25

FAN ACCOMPLISHMENT (Other)
Roy Badgerow, Astronomy Lecture at USS Hudson Bay
Ivan Dorin, “Gods Anonymous” (Con-Version 25 radio play)
Judith Hayman and Peggi Warner-Lalonde organization, Filk track @Anticipation
Tom Jeffers and Sue Posteraro, Filk Concert, Anticipation
Lloyd Penney, Fanwriting

Sheehan’s Tips for New Writers

Tamara Sheehan, author of The Tenth Man and The Mediocre Assassin’s Handbook, gives three tips for aspiring pros that manage to be both sobering and entertaining:

Writing is work that can make you go crazy. It’s Sisyphean. It’s long hours for little acknowledgment. For the majority of us, it does not and will not ever pay as much as our day jobs. Want to go have a little cry? Go ahead. I understand. I did too, when I got it.

Update 10/05/2009: I revised this post based on the information discussed here

2009 Prix Aurora Nominees

Nominees for Canada’s Prix Aurora have been announced. These awards recognize Canadian science fiction and fantasy artwork, writing, and fan activities.

Any Canadian citizen or resident may vote in the Aurora selection process. Mail-in or online ballots must be submitted before Wednesday, July 15th, 2009. The winners will be announed at Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon in Montreal.

The full list of nominees appears behind the cut.

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