Aurora Awards

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The Aurora Awards are given out annually for the best Canadian science fiction and fantasy literary works, artworks, fan activities from that year.[1] The event is organized by Canvention and the awards are given out by the Canadian SF and Fantasy Association, which began in 1980.[1] Originally called the "Casper Awards," in 1991, the name was changed to the Aurora Awards.[2]

The awards are selected by member vote, similarly to the Hugo Awards,[3] and cover work in both English and French.[4] The French-language Prix Aurora Boréal was created through an agreement between SFSF Borál Inc. and the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association in November 2010, which combined the Prix Boréal and Prix Aurora into a single award.

Current award categories[edit]

  • Professional English Awards (Aurora Awards)
    • Best Novel
    • Best YA Novel
    • Best Short Fiction
    • Best Graphic Novel
    • Best Poetry/Song (Best Long-Form Work in French)
    • Best Related Work' (Best Short-Form Work in French)
    • Best Dramatic Presentation
    • Best Artist
  • Fan awards (open to English and French)
    • Best Fan Publication
    • Best Fan Organizational
    • Best Fan Filk
    • Best Fan Related Work
  • Prix Aurora Boréal (Prix de français professionnel)
    • Meilleur roman
    • La meilleure fiction courte
    • Le meilleur roman graphique
    • La meilleure poésie / chanson
    • Meilleur travail connexes

Award recipients[edit]

1-category awards (1980–1985)[edit]






3-category awards (1986–1988)[edit]




9-category awards (1989–1990)[edit]



10-category awards (1991–present)[edit]




















  • Best Long Form: Marseguro, by Edward Willett[35][36]
  • Meilleur livre: Les vents de Tammerlan, by Michèle Laframboise[37]
  • Best Short Form: "Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta", by Randy McCharles
  • Meilleure nouvelle: Le Dôme de Saint-Macaire, by Jean-Louis Trudel
  • Other, in English: Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Karl Johanson, editor
  • Meilleur ouvrage (autre): Solaris, Joël Champetier
  • Fanzine: The Original Universe, Jeff Boman, editor
  • Fan (Organizational): Randy McCharles (Chair of World Fantasy 2008)
  • Fan (Other): Joan Sherman for Heather Dale Concert (organizer)
  • Artistic Achievement: Looking for Group, by Lar deSouza


  • Best Long Form: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Meilleur livre: Suprématie by Laurent McAllister
  • Best Short Form: Pawns Dreaming of Roses by Eileen Bell from Women of the Apocalypse
  • Meilleure nouvelle: Ors blancs by Alain Bergeron
  • Other, in English: Women of the Apocalypse by Eileen Bell, Roxanne Felix, Billie Milholland, and Ryan McFadden
  • Platinum Best of Show – Special Effects, Short Subject: Steven Curtis, The Benchmark, Taylor University's Academic Technology
  • Meilleur ouvrage (autre): Revue. Joël Champetier, éditeur
  • Artistic Achievement: Dan O'Driscoll, cover of Steel Whispers
  • Fanzine: WCSFAZine, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
  • Fan (Organizational): David Hayman, organization Filk Hall of Fame
  • Fan (Other): Ray Badgerow, astronomy lecture at USS Hudson Bay


  • Best Novel: Watch by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Meilleur livre: La Tueuse de dragons by Héloïse Côté[40]
  • Best 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)
  • Best Graphic Novel: Goblins, by Tarol Hunt (
  • Best Related Work: The Dragon and the Stars, by Derwin Mak & Eric Choi, eds. (DAW)
  • Best Artist: Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications
  • Best Fan Filk: Dave Clement and Tom Jeffers of Dandelion Wine, "Face on Mars" CD
  • Best Fan Organizational: Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi, chairs of Toronto SpecFic Colloquium
  • Best Fan Other: John and Linda Ross Mansfield, conception of the Aurora nominee pins

Note: No Fan Publication award was given out due to too few eligible nominees


  • Best Novel: Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Best Short Fiction: "The Needle's Eye" by Suzanne Church, Chilling Tales: Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd I Did Live, EDGE
  • Best Poem/Song: "Skeleton Leaves" by Helen Marshall, Kelp Queen Press
  • Best Graphic Novel: Goblins, webcomic, created by Tarol Hunt
  • Best Related Work: On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers' Society
  • Best Artist: Dan O'Driscoll
  • Best Fan Publication: Bourbon and Eggnog by Eileen Bell, Ryan McFadden, Billie Milholland and Randy McCharles, 10th Circle Project
  • Best Fan Filk: Phil Mills, Body of Song-Writing Work including FAWM and 50/90
  • Best Fan (Organization): Randy McCharles, founder and chair of When Words Collide (Calgary)
  • Best Fan (Other): Peter Watts, "Reality: The Ultimate Mythology" lecture, Toronto SpecFic Colloquium


  • Best Novel: The Silvered by Tanya Huff
  • Best YA Novel: Under My Skin: Wildlings Series (Book 1) Charles de Lint
  • Best Short Fiction: The Walker of the Shifting Borderland by Douglas Smith
  • Best Poem/Song: A sea monster tells his story by David Clink
  • Best Graphic Novel: Weregeek by Alina Pete, webcomic
  • Best Related Work: Blood and Water edited by Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press
  • Best Artist: Erik Mohr
  • Best Fan Publication: Speculating Canada blog, edited by Derek Newman-Stille
  • Best Fan Filk: Kari Maaren, Body of Work
  • Best Fan Organizational: Randy McCharles, Chair and Programming, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Best Fan Related Work: Ron Friedman, conception and delivery of the Aurora Awards voter package
  • Lifetime Achievement: Robert J. Sawyer[43]


  • Best Novel: A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda
  • Best YA Novel: The Rising Kelley Armstrong
  • Best Short Fiction: Ghost in the Machine by Ryan McFadden
  • Best Poem/Song: Night Journey: West Coast by Eileen Kernaghan
  • Best Graphic Novel: Rock, Paper, Cynic by Peter Chiykowski, webcomic
  • Best Related Work: On Spec published by the Copper Pig Writers' Society
  • Best Artist: Erik Mohr
  • Best Fan Music: Chris Hadfield, for his performance of Space Oddity
  • Best Fan Organizational: Randy McCharles, Chair and Programming, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Best Fan Related Work: Robert Runté, "Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading", Scholar Keynote Address at ACCSFF '13, Toronto





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