2024 Aurora Awards Ballot – Locus Online


The 2024 Aurora Awards ballot for works by Canadians has been announced. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected, with additional works included when there was a tie for fifth place.

Best Novel

  • The Valkyrie, Kate Heartfield (HarperVoyager)
  • Bad Cree, Jessica Johns (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Silver Nitrate, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • Moon of the Turning Leaves, Waubgeshig Rice (Random House Canada)
  • The Marigold, Andrew F. Sullivan (ECW)

Best YA Novel

  • The Stars of Mount Quixx, S.M. Beiko (ECW)
  • Funeral Songs for Dying Girls, Cherie Dimaline (Tundra)
  • Flower and Thorn, Rati Mehrotra (Wednesday)
  • The Grimmer, Naben Ruthnum (ECW)
  • The Crystal Key: The Dream Rider Saga, Book 2, Douglas Smith (Spiral Path)

Best Novelette/Novella

  • “The Most Strongest Obeah Woman of the World”, Nalo Hopkinson (Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror)
  • I AM AI, Ai Jiang (Shortwave Media)
  • Untethered Sky, Fonda Lee (Tordotcom)
  • Green Fuse Burning, Tiffany Morris (Stelliform)
  • Pluralities, Avi Silver (Atthis Arts)

Best Short Story

  • “Once Upon a Time at The Oakmont”, P.A. Cornell (Fantasy Magazine 10/23)
  • “The Dust Bowl Café”, Justin Dill (Augur 6/23)
  • “Sink Your Sorrows to the Sea”, Chandra Fisher (Saltwater Sorrows)
  • “At Every Door A Ghost”, Premee Mohamed (Communications Breakdown 3/23)
  • “If I Should Fall Behind”, Douglas Smith (F&SF, 9-10/23)

Best Graphic Novel/Comic

  • The Secret of the Ravens,  Kyla Aiko and Joanna Cacao (Clarion)
  • Wychwood, Ally Rom Colthoff (Wychwood)
  • A Call to Cthulhu, Norm Konyu (Titan Nova)
  • Cosmic Detective, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, and David Rubin (Image Comics)
  • It Never Rains, Kari Maaren (It Never Rains)
  • Carson of Venus, Maggie Lopez, Martin Powell, and Ronn Sutton (Sequential Pulp Comics)
  • Atana and the Firebird, Vivian Zhou (HarperCollins)

Best Related Work

  • GAME ON!,  Stephen Kotowych & Tony Pi, editors, (Zombies Need Brains LLC)
  • No One Will Come Back for Us and Other Stories, Premee Mohamed (Undertow)
  • On Spec Magazine
  • Skin Thief: Stories, Suzan Palumbo (Neon Hemlock)
  • Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume One, Stephen Kotowych, editor, (Ansible)

Best Poem/Song

  • “A Siren’s Call, A Banshee’s Wail, A Grandmother’s Dream”, Ai Jiang (Uncanny 9-10/23)
  • “Awakening”, Tiffany Morris (Nightmare 11/23)
  • “predictive text”, Dominik Parisien (Augur 6/23)
  • “Lying Flat”, Lynne Sargent (Strange Horizons 10/23)
  • “Scarecrow”, David Shultz (Polar Starlight, 3/23)
  • “As a, I want to, so I can”, Kelley Tai (Heartlines Spec, Spring/Summer ’23)

Best Cover Art/Interior Illustration

  • Augur Issue 6.1 cover art, Lorna Antoniazzi
  • Green Fuse Burning cover art, Chief Lady Bird (Stelliform)
  • The Passion of Ivan Rodriguez cover art, Kayla Kowalyk (Tyche)
  • “Endless Library – Fantasy” Marco Marin (Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume One)
  • The Machines That Make Us cover art, Brent Nichols (Tyche)
  • Tales & Feathers Issue 1 cover art, Jade Zhang

Best Fan Writing and Publications

  • Maria’s Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Short Fiction Roundup
  • Polar Borealis Magazine
  • Polar Starlight Magazine
  • The Travelling TARDIS
  • Young People Read Old SFF,

Best Fan Related Work

  • ephemera Reading Series
  • Scintillation 4
  • Sip & Read / Sip & Social @ Librairie Saga Bookstore
  • When Words Collide literary festival
  • The Worldshapers Podcast

An online awards ceremony will be held August 11th, 2024 at 5pm EDT, with hosts Liz Anderson and Mark Leslie Lefebvre. For more information, see the Aurora Awards website.

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