In the space of a few days, I learned I’m a finalist in two categories for the Aurora Awards and been longlisted in the Sunburst Awards’ short story category.
The Aurora Awards are the leading fan-voted awards for Canadian speculative fiction, poetry, art, organizations, fan activities, and more. This year, I’m a finalist in two categories:
- Best Fan Organizational for my work with the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series
- Best Poem for “Heaven is the Hell of No Choices” that appeared in Polar Borealis #4
This makes a total of eight times I’ve been an Aurora Award finalist.
- This is my fifth time in Best Fan Organizational for the Ottawa ChiSeries
- My first time for poetry
- I was nominated in the Short Story category twice: “Touch the Sky, They Say” from AE: The Canadian Speculative Fiction Review (2011), and “Delta Pi” from Torn Realities (Post Mortem Press, ed. Paul Anderson)
I’m grateful to my co-chair Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, plus Brandon Crilly who stepped up at the end of 2017, for making ChiSeries Ottawa a reality.
Any Canadian—which includes citizens in Canada and abroad as well as long-time residents—can nominate works and then vote when the finalists are announced. You need to join the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, which costs $10 per year. Membership gets you access to a Voter’s Package, which contains electronic versions of the finalist works.
Voting in the Aurora Awards opens July 28, 2018 and closes September 8th, 2018. Winners will be announced at VCON in Richmond, BC on October 5-7, 2018.
The Sunburst Awards are the leading juried awards for Canadian speculative fiction with categories for novels, young adults novels, and short stories. My short story “Good-bye is that Time Between Now and Forever” from The Sum of Us (Laksa Media Group, ed. Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law) has been named in the longlist of finalists.
The jury will narrow the longlist down to a shortlist in late June. The winners will be announced in Fall 2018.