The summer of 2019 is shaping up to be full of surprises when it comes to awards.

The Aurora Awards

My work with Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne on the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series has resulted in us being finalists for the Aurora Award in the Best Fan Organizational category. The Aurora Awards are Canada’s premier fan-voted awards for speculative fiction. This is the sixth time we have been on the ballot, and we have been finalist for each year the Ottawa ChiSeries has been in operation.

My thanks to all of you who nominated us.

2018 (the year for which we are on the ballot) was a hard year for Nicole, Marie and me for reasons I won’t go into here. We only managed to hold two events, each with two (rather than our usual three) authors.

This means a lot. Thank you all.

I’m also glad to see Marie and my good friend Derek Künsken are nominated in the same category for their amazing work with Can-Con, Ottawa’s local speculative fiction convention.

The Aurora Awards will be presented at Can-Con this year, so here’s hoping Ottawa brings home a winner.

The Sunburst Awards

Also, one of the three original short stories in my short fiction collection It’s Not the End and Other Lies is on the longlist for the Sunburst Award in the Short Story Fiction category. The Sunburst Awards are the leading juried awards for Canadian speculative fiction with categories for novels, young adults novels, and short stories.

“Only At The End Do You See What Follows” is a ghost story that explores themes of free will and domestic abuse, and is a very personal story.

This is the second year in a row I have made the Sunburst longlist for short fiction; last year my story “Goodbye is that Time Between Now and Forever,” which appeared in The Sum of Us from Laksa Media, was also on the longlist. (And my good friend Sandra Kasturi won with her story “The Beautiful Gears of Dying” from the same anthology.)

Also in the short fiction category are Ottawa writers Rich Larson and fellow ChiZine Publications author Kate Heartfield, plus friends Madeline Ashby, Dominik Parisien and another fellow ChiZine Publications author Kate Story. Plus, Derek Künsken, Kate Heartfield and Rich Larson are also on the longlist in the novel category.

Great news to start summer 2019!