2013 Aurora Awards Winners

Winners for the 2013 Aurora Awards, honoring the best SF/fantasy works by Canadians and landed immigrants, have been announced. The Best Novel Award included a $1,000 (CAN) prize, and this was the inaugural year for the Best Young Adult Novel Award. Robert J. Sawyer was also presented his Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony, held October 6, at the Minto Suites in Ottawa, during Can-Con 2013, this year’s Canadian National Science Fiction Convention.


Best Novel – English

  • The Silvered, Tanya Huff (DAW)
  • Destiny’s Fall, Marie Bilodeau (Dragon Moon)
  • Food for the Gods, Karen Dudley (Ravenstone)
  • Thunder Road, Chadwick Ginther (Ravenstone)
  • Triggers, Robert J. Sawyer (Penguin Canada)
  • Healer’s Sword, Lynda Williams (EDGE)

Best YA Novel – English

  • Under My Skin,  Charles de Lint (Razorbill Canada)
  • The Calling, Kelley Armstrong (Harper Teen)
  • Above, Leah Bobet (Scholastic)
  • Pirate Cinema, Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen)
  • Dissolve, Neil Godbout (Bundoran)
  • Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero, Michell Plested (Five Rivers)

Best Short Fiction – English

  • “The Walker of the Shifting Borderland”,  Douglas Smith (On Spec #90)
  • “Happily Ever After”, Marie Bilodeau (When the Villain Comes Home)
  • “Synch Me, Kiss Me, Drop”,  Suzanne Church (Clarkesworld #68)
  • “Delta Pi”, Matt Moore (Torn Realities)
  • “Knights Exemplar”,  Al Onia (On Spec #90)

Best Poem/Song – English

  • “A Sea Monster Tells His Story”, David Clink (The Literary Review of Canada 7-8/12)
  • “Hold Fast”,  Leah Bobet (Strange Horizons 6/11/12)
  • “Zombie Descartes Writes a Personal Ad”,  Carolyn Clink (Tesseracts Sixteen)
  • “Roc”,  Sandra Kasturi (Come Late to the Love of Birds)
  • “The Ghosts of Birds”,  Helen Marshall (Phantom Drift 2: Valuable Estrangements)

Best Graphic Novel – English

  • Weregeek, Alina Pete (webcomic)
  • Raygun Gothic, GMB Chomichuk (Alchemical Press)
  • Goblins, Tarol Hunt (webcomic)
  • West of Bathurst, Kari Maaren (webcomic)
  • Looking for Group, Ryan Sohmer & Lar DeSouza (webcomic)

Best Related Work – English

  • Blood and Water, Hayden Trenholm, ed. (Bundoran)
  • Shanghai Steam, Ace Jordyn, Calvin D. Jim, & Renée Bennett, eds. (EDGE)
  • Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, Sandra Kasturi & Halli Villegas, eds. (ChiZine)
  • Hair Side, Flesh Side, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
  • On Spec (The Copper Pig Writers’ Society)

Best Artist

  • Erik Mohr
  • Richard Bartrop
  • GMB Chomichuk
  • Costi Gurgu
  • Michelle Milburn

There were also winners in the fan/volunteer categories. For a complete list, see the Aurora Awards website.