The Prix Aurora Awards are now open for nominations! *cheering sound effect*
What are the the Prix Aurora Awards? Well, they're the fan-voted awards for Canadian speculative fiction run by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. It's essentially the Hugos, but for Canada (and without the weirdo sad/rabid puppy contingent).
This award recognises brilliant works by Canadians in various formats all pertaining to SFF, from novels, to songs and poetry, to art and even fan stuff. You can find all the categories and the eligible works listed under each one here.
Yes, I have an eligible work under Novels (Human). No, I am not begging for nominations.
I do think, though, that if you have an interest in the plethora of Canadian SFF talent, you should really be paying attention to the Prix Aurora Awards. For just $10.00 you become a CSFFA member, and you get to nominate the work you most admire.
Better yet, for just $10.00 membership, when it comes voting time, you'll get a sweet voters package full of stuff - books, short stories etc - so that you can make an educated vote. For just $10.00. You get a whack of free stuff to have forever. I mean... what a steal, right?
So, here's the deal: if you are really invested in a particular Canadian talent, and you really want to see them recognised, you can do your part to make sure it happens!
You have until 19 March, 2016 to make your nomination.
The ballot will be announced 01 April, 2016. Yes, April's Fools. Good luck believing the announcement.
Voting begins 15 June and end 23 July (to give folks time to actually read the nominees).
Now, if you know of a work published in 2015 that is not on the above-linked eligibility list, you can enter the work in yourself to ensure it's there for consideration when people start nominating.
For more detailed instructions/information on how to nominate, click here. And happy (Canadian) reading!