Sunday, October 2, 2011

CZP Prix Aurora Award Nominees

Only three two week ONE DAY  left to vote in the Aurora Awards. This year, we’re delighted to announce that CZP and The Chiaroscuro/ are well-represented.

If you haven’t heard of the Auroras, they are an annual award recognizing the best in Canadian science fiction/fantasy prose, poetry, music, art, fan organizations and more. Winners are determined by voting, which is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Our nominees

Best English Related Work: Chimerascope by Douglas Smith. A short story collection of sixteen tales, introduced by Julie Czerneda, who calls them “stories you can't forget.” Bestselling author Robert J. Sawyer names Doug “quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres.” Chimerascope was also a finalist for the Sunburst Award.

Best Artist (Professional and Amateur): Erik Mohr for his cover art for all CZP books. Keep in mind, this is not a nomination for one item or a collection, but for consistently turning out great covers for a variety of novels and collections. Head over to the Books page on the CZP site and take a look. Click on each book for a larger version of the cover.

Best Fan Organizational: Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi, chairs of the first Toronto SpecFic Colloquium. A day-long event, it was the first of its kind (that we know of) to bring together authors, editors and readers in a format to allow lectures, readings and discussions of genre fiction. If you weren’t able to attend the Colloquium, you can still watch the presentations from the event on our YouTube channel.

The second Colloquium will be held October 15th at the Toronto Underground Cinema (tickets are still available). Due to popular demand, the Colloquium has become an annual event.

Other nominees for you to consider

Best English Short Story: CZP’s marketing director Matt Moore has been nominated for “Touch the Sky, They Say”, which you can read for free on AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review.

Best English Poem / Song: We have this category covered.

Waiting for the Harrowing” by CZP’s managing editor Helen Marshall, which appeared in issue #45 of

“Let the Night In,” by Sandra Kasturi, CZP co-publisher and’s Managing Poetry Editor, appeared alongside other CZP authors, staff & friends in Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead.

The ABCs of the End of the World” by Carolyn Clink, Poetry Editor at, from A Verdant Green.

“Of the Corn: Kore’s Innocence” by Colleen Anderson, Poetry Editor at and an editor/slush reader for CZP, was published in Witches & Pagans #21.

Best English Related Work: Although we’re all rooting for Chimerascope, you might also consider Tesseracts Fourteen, edited by John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander Savory, CZP Co-Publisher, which contains some great stories and poems by CZP authors, friends and staff.

How Do I Vote?

The Aurora site describes the registration and voting process a lot better than we can here. Just know it is open to Canadian permanent residents and citizens, and there is a $5.50 fee to vote (unless you are going to SFContario, in which case the fee is waved).

As always, thanks for your support of CZP!

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