Here Are the Winners of the 2023 Aurora Awards!

The Aurora Awards, presented by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, recognize the best work done by Canadians in the previous year. The winners of the 2023 awards were announced last weekend in an online ceremony, and you can see the full list of nominees and winners below.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Embroidered Book, Kate Heartfield (HarperVoyager)
  • All the Seas of the World, Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Canada)
  • The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • Sea of Tranquility, Emily St. John Mandel (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
  • The Void Ascendant, Premee Mohamed (Solaris Books)

Best Young Adult Novel

  • WINNER: The Hollow Boys: The Dream Rider Saga, Book 1, Douglas Smith (Spiral Path Books)
  • Black Hole Radio – Ka’Azula, Ann Birdgenaw (DartFrog Books)
  • Ghostlight, Kenneth Oppel (Puffin Canada)
  • Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove, Rati Mehrotra (Wednesday Books)
  • Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor, Xiran Jay Zhao (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Best Novelette/Novella

  • WINNER: The Jade Setter of Janloon, Fonda Lee (Subterranean Press)
  • Even Though I Knew the End, C.L. Polk (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • High Times in the Low Parliament, Kelly Robson (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • “A Sky and a Heaven,” Eric Choi, Just Like Being There (Springer Nature)
  • The Tiger Came to the Mountains, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Amazon Original Stories)

Best Short Story

  • WINNER: “Broken Vow: The Adventures of Flick Gibson, Intergalactic Videographer,” Peter G. Reynolds, On Spec Magazine, Issue 120
  • “Big Trouble in Droidtown,” Hayden Trenholm, The Astronaut Always Rings Twice (Tyche Books)
  • “Douen,” Suzan Palumbo, The Dark, Issue 82
  • “The Five Rules of Supernova Surfing, or A For Real Solution to the Fermi Paradox, Bro,” Geoffrey W. Cole, Clarkesworld, Issue 184
  • “Green Witch,” Elizabeth Whitton, Prairie Witch (Prairie Soul Press)
  • “A New Brave World,” Eric Choi, Brave New Worlds (Zombies Need Brains)
  • “Schrödinger’s Cats,” Wayne Cusack, Polar Borealis Magazine, Issue #22
  • “We Are the Thing That Lives on the Moon,” Gillian Secord, Fireside Magazine, Issue 101, March

Best Graphic Novel/Comic

  • WINNER: It Never Rains, Kari Maaren (webcomic)
  • Birds of Maine, Michael deForge (Drawn and Quarterly)
  • Cupcake War Machine, Marika Kapogeorgakis (webcomic)
  • Goblins, Ellipsis Hana Stephens (webcomic)
  • Mistress of the Winds, Michèle Laframboise (Echofictions)
  • Questionable Content, Jeph Jacques (webcomic)
  • Wychwood, Ally Rom Colthoff (webcomic)

Best Poem/Song

  • WINNER: “Rapunzel in the Desert,” Melissa Yuan-InnesOn Spec Magazine, Issue 122
  • “After the Apocalypse,” Colleen Anderson, NewMyths, Vol 16, issue 61
  • “Ghost Stories,” James Grotkowski, Polar Starlight Magazine, Issue 6
  • “In Stock Images of the Future, Everything is White,” Terese Mason Pierre, Uncanny Magazine, Issue Forty-Six
  • “Poltergeist,” Rhonda Parrish, Star*Line, Vol 45, Issue 2
  • “a sinkhole invites a street to consider its future,” Dominik Parisien, Uncanny Magazine, Issue Forty-Four
  • “Three Herons,” Geoffrey W. Cole, Polar Starlight Magazine, Issue 5
  • “The Wolf of Your Passions,” Lynne Sargent, Augur Magazine, Issue 5.2

Best Related Work

  • WINNER (tie): The Astronaut Always Rings Twice, edited by Shannon Allen and JR Campbell (Tyche Books)
  • WINNER (tie): Nothing Without Us Too, edited by Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson (Renaissance)
  • On Spec Magazine, Issues 119, 120, and 121, managing editor Diane Walton (The Copper Pig Writers’ Society)
  • Prairie Witch, edited by Stacey Kondla (Prairie Soul Press)
  • Strange Wars: Speculative Fiction of Coalitions in Conflict, edited by Don Miasek (TDotSpec)

Best Cover Art/Interior Illustration

  • WINNER: Arboreality, cover art, Rachel Yu Lobbenberg (Stelliform Press)
  • The Astronaut Always Rings Twice, cover art, Kayla Kowalyk (Tyche Books)
  • Birthday of the Unicorn, cover art, Marco Marin (TdotSpec)
  • Weird Fishes, cover art, Julia Louise Pereira (Stelliform Press)
  • The World We Left Behind, Swati Chavda (On Spec Magazine, Issue 119)

Best Fan Writing and Publication

  • WINNER: Polar Borealis Magazine, Issues: 21, 22, and 23, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
  • JenEric Movie Reviews, Éric Desmarais (JenEric Designs)
  • Polar Starlight Magazine, Issues: 5, 6, and 7, edited by Rhea E. Rose
  • The Travelling TARDIS, Jennifer Desmarais (JenEric Designs)
  • Young People Read Old SFF, edited by James Davis Nicoll, online

Best Fan Related Work

  • WINNER: Can*Con, Marie Bilodeau and Derek Künsken, co-chairs, Ottawa
  • Augurcon, Terese Mason Pierre and Kerry C. Byrne, co-directors, Toria Liao, operations director, online
  • ephemera Reading Series, KT Bryski and Jen R. Albert, co-chairs, online
  • When Words Collide, Randy McCharles, chair, online
  • The Worldshapers Podcast, Edward Willett, online


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