Announcing the 2023 Prix Aurora Ballot

This year’s Aurora Award ballot has just been announced. Several SF Canada members are nominated as finalists (their names are in bold below).

The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.  The top five nominated works were selected.  Additional works were included where there was a tie for fifth place.  An online awards ceremony will be held on August 19th, 2023, at 5pm EDT, with hosts Mark Leslie Lefebvre and Liz Anderson. Details at

Congratulations to all nominees!

Best Novel

All the Seas of the World, Guy Gavriel Kay, Penguin Canada
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Del Rey
The Embroidered Book, Kate Heartfield, HarperVoyager
Sea of Tranquility, Emily St. John Mandel, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
The Void Ascendant, Premee Mohamed, Solaris Books

Best Young Adult Novel

Black Hole Radio – Ka’Azula, Ann Birdgenaw, DartFrog Books
Ghostlight, Kenneth Oppel, Puffin Canada
The Hollow Boys: The Dream Rider Saga, Book 1, Douglas Smith, Spiral Path Books
Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove, Rati Mehrotra, Wednesday Books
Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor, Xiran Jay Zhao, Margaret K. McElderry Books

Best Novelette/Novella

Even Though I Knew the End, C.L. Polk, Tordotcom
High Times in the Low Parliament, Kelly Robson, TordotCom
The Jade Setter of Janloon, Fonda Lee, Subterranean Press
A Sky and a Heaven”, Eric Choi, Just Like Being There, Springer Nature
The Tiger Came to the Mountains, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Amazon Original Stories

Best Short Story

Big Trouble in Droidtown”, Hayden Trenholm, The Astronaut Always Rings Twice, Tyche Books
Broken Vow: The Adventures of Flick Gibson, Intergalactic Videographer”, Peter G. Reynolds, On Spec Magazine, Issue 120
“Douen”, Suzan Palumbo, The Dark, Issue 82
The Five Rules of Supernova Surfing, or A For Real Solution to the Fermi Paradox, Bro”, Geoffrey W. Cole, Clarkesworld, Issue 184
“Green Witch”, Elizabeth Whitton, Prairie Witch, Prairie Soul Press
A New Brave World”, Eric Choi, Brave New Worlds, Zombies Need Brains
Schrödinger’s Cats”, Wayne Cusack, Polar Borealis Magazine, Issue #22
We Are the Thing That Lives on the Moon”, Gillian Secord, Fireside Magazine, Issue 101, March

Best Graphic Novel/Comic

Birds of Maine, Michael deForge, Drawn and Quarterly
Cupcake War Machine, Marika Kapogeorgakis, webcomic
GoblinsEllipsis Hana Stephens, webcomic
It Never Rains, Kari Maaren, webcomic
Mistress of the WindsMichèle Laframboise, Echofictions
Questionable ContentJeph Jacques, webcomic
Wychwood, Ally Rom Colthoff, webcomic

Best Poem/Song

After the Apocalypse”, Colleen Anderson, NewMyths, Vol 16, issue 61
Ghost Stories”, James Grotkowski, Polar Starlight Magazine, Issue 6
In Stock Images of the Future, Everything is White”, Terese Mason Pierre, Uncanny Magazine, Issue Forty-Six
Poltergeist”, Rhonda Parrish, Star*Line, Vol 45, Issue 2
Rapunzel in the Desert”, Melissa Yuan-Innes, On Spec Magazine, Issue 122
a sinkhole invites a street to consider its future”, Dominik Parisien, Uncanny Magazine, Issue Forty-Four
Three Herons”, Geoffrey W. Cole, Polar Starlight Magazine, Issue 5
The Wolf of Your Passions”, Lynne Sargent, Augur Magazine, Issue 5.2

Best Related Work

The Astronaut Always Rings Twice, edited by Shannon Allen and JR Campbell, Tyche Books
Nothing Without Us Too, edited by Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson, Renaissance
On Spec Magazine, Issues 119, 120, and 121, managing editor Diane Walton, The Copper Pig Writers’ Society
Prairie Witch, edited by Stacey Kondla, Prairie Soul Press
Strange Wars: Speculative Fiction of Coalitions in Conflict, edited by Don Miasek, TDotSpec

Best Cover Art/Interior Illustration

Arboreality, cover art, Rachel Yu Lobbenberg, Stelliform Press
The Astronaut Always Rings Twice, cover art, Kayla Kowalyk, Tyche Books
Birthday of the Unicorn, cover art, Marco Marin, TdotSpec
Weird Fishes, cover art, Julia Louise Pereira, Stelliform Press
The World We Left Behind, Swati Chavda, On Spec Magazine, Issue 119

Best Fan Writing and Publication

JenEric Movie Reviews, Éric Desmarais, JenEric Designs
Polar Borealis Magazine, Issues: 21, 22, and 23, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
Polar Starlight Magazine, Issues: 5, 6, and 7, edited by Rhea E. Rose
The Travelling TARDIS, Jennifer Desmarais, JenEric Designs
Young People Read Old SFF, edited by James Davis Nicoll, online

Best Fan Related Work

Augurcon, Terese Mason Pierre and Kerry C. Byrne, co-directors, Toria Liao, operations director, online
Can*Con, Marie Bilodeau and Derek Künsken, co-chairs, Ottawa
ephemera Reading Series, KT Bryski and Jen R. Albert, co-chairs, online
When Words Collide, Randy McCharles, chair, online
The Worldshapers Podcast, Edward Willett, online

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  1. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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