SF Canada Awards $1000 to Tanya Huff

JLTrudelTSHuff2013AJean-Louis Trudel presents Tanya Huff with a ceremonial cheque.
(Photo by Jonathan Crowe)

The Aurora Award for Best Novel, accompanied by the SF Canada Award of $1000, was given to Tanya Huff in Ottawa on October 6, 2013 for her fantasy novel The Silvered, published by DAW Books. Born in Nova Scotia but now living in rural Ontario with her wife Fiona Patton, Tanya Huff is one of Canada’s most important and best loved fantasy authors. Since her first professional sale to Amazing Stories in 1985, she has published over thirty books and a number of short stories. Her “Blood Books” series was adapted as the television series Blood Ties in 2007. Her award-winning novel features magicians and shapeshifting werewolves united against a steampunk empire, and has been well received by readers and critics alike.

The 2013 Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature played host to the 33rd national Canadian convention of science fiction and fantasy, also known as Canvention. Ten other Aurora Awards were announced. The fantasy adventure Under My Skin (in the “Wildlings” series) by Charles de Lint won the Aurora Award for Best YA Novel. Published in On Spec, the fantasy tale “The Walker of the Shifting Borderland” by Douglas Smith won the award for best short fiction. David Clink’s poem “A sea monster tells his story” in The Literary Review of Canada won for Best Poem or Song. The webcomic Weregeek by Alina Pete won the Aurora for best graphic novel while the award for best related work went to the anthology Blood and Water edited by Hayden Trenholm for Bundoran Press. Finally, Erik Mohr received the Aurora Award for Best Artist, honouring his covers for ChiZine Publications. The remaining Aurora Awards went to fans contributing to the speculative fiction community across Canada, and the Aurora-Boréal awards for works in French were given out earlier this year in Montreal.

SF Canada Supports Aurora Awards With $500 Prize For Winning Novels

SF Canada, Canada’s association of professional speculative fiction writers, and the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association are pleased to announce the SF Canada Award, a $500 prize that will be awarded annually to winners of the Best Novel category of the Aurora and Aurora-Boreal Awards, voted on each year by Canadian fans of speculative fiction to acknowledge the best of Canadian professional and fan activity in both official languages.

The first SF Canada Award will be awarded to the winner of the Aurora-Boreal Award, for best fantasy and/or science fiction novel published first in French in 2010 by a Canadian author, at the 28th Congrès Boréal in Montréal, May 13, 2011.

The second award, for the winner of the Aurora Award for best fantasy and/or science fiction novel published in English in 2010 by a Canadian author, will be presented at SFContario 2, November 18-20, 2011, in Toronto.

Since 1981, the Prix Aurora Awards have been nominated and voted on each year by the members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), a federally incorporated non-profit society which exists to promote quality Canadian speculative fiction and the fan activity that surrounds it. Membership in the CSFFA is free, and open to any admirer of genre fiction who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

SF Canada was founded in 1989 as Canada’s National Association of Speculative Fiction in order to foster a sense of community among Canadian writers of speculative fiction, to improve communication, to foster the growth of quality writing, to lobby on behalf of Canadian writers, and to encourage the translation of Canadian speculative fiction.


SF Canada, l’Association nationale des auteurs professionnels de fiction spéculative, et l’Association canadienne de la science-fiction et du fantastique (ACSFF) sont heureux d’annoncer la bourse SF Canada, un prix de 500 $ qui sera remis aux gagnants des catégories du Prix Aurora du meilleur roman anglophone et du Prix Aurora-Boréal du meilleur roman francophone.  Ces prix sont décernés annuellement par vote des amateurs canadiens de fiction spéculative et visent à faire reconnaître en matière d’activité fanique ou professionnelle dans les deux langues officielles la première bourse SF Canada, remise au gagnant du Prix Aurora-Boréal pour le meilleur roman de fantasy ou de science fiction publié en français en 2010 par un auteur canadien, sera présentée au 28e Congrès Boréal, qui aura lieu à Montréal du 13 au 15 mai 2011.

La deuxième bourse remise au gagnant du Prix Aurora du meilleur roman de fantasy ou de science-fiction publié en anglais en 2010 par un auteur canadien, sera présentée à SFContario 2, qui aura lieu du 18 au 20 novembre 2011 à Toronto.

Depuis 1981, les prix Aurora ont été choisis par les membres de l’ACSFF, une société à but non lucratif qui vise à promouvoir la qualité de la fiction spéculative canadienne et les activités faniques qui l’entourent. L’adhésion à l’ACSFF est ouverte à tout citoyen canadien ou résident permanent au Canada qui est amateur de fiction spéculative.

SF Canada a été fondée en 1989. Cette association nationale a pour but de développer un sentiment de communauté parmi les écrivains de fiction spéculative, d’améliorer les contacts dans leur milieu professionnel, d’encourager une écriture de qualité, de défendre leurs intérêts  et de promouvoir la traduction de fiction spéculative canadienne.