Thank you all for your support and votes and for helping make the Aurora Awards so successful. The recognition these awards bring is valuable to all writers and it’s fans like you that make our efforts (and love of our craft) so worthwhile.

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Part 1: About the Aurora Awards and Voting; and Part 2: My Quest

Part 1: About the Aurora Awards

What are the awards? 
The Aurora Awards are kind of like the Peoples Choice awards for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, except just for Canadians.

Who runs the awards?
The Aurora Awards are run by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA).  CSFFA is a federally registered non-profit society whose board of directors come from across Canada.

Can I nominate or vote?
If you are a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant, then the answer is yes though you must purchase an annual membership to CSFFA for $10.  The society has online forms that make joining, paying, nominating and voting very easy.

HOW TO VOTE

Go to www.prixauroraawards.com

Become a Member (ignore if you have a membership already)

– On the top menu bar go to the tab JOIN/VOTE/NOMINATE

– On the dropdown menu bar, click on JOIN CSFFA

– Fill out your first name, last name and email address. Click on JOIN. You will receive an email with a unique password.

– Login using your password. You will have an option to pay the membership fee of $10.00 either by PayPal or with your credit card.

– Once you’ve paid your membership, you can login to vote.

Get the Voter’s Package with all the stories from the finalists.

– On the top menu bar go to the tab JOIN/VOTE/NOMINATE

– On the dropdown menu bar, click on VOTER PACKAGE DOWNLOAD and follow the instructions.

Vote for your favorites in each category:

– On the top menu bar go to the tab JOIN/VOTE/NOMINATE

– On the dropdown menu bar, click on VOTE and register one vote in each category.

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Part 2: My Quest

Ti-Jean is a finalist! I’m keeping my promise (see below) to send out query letters to book publishers.

It’s because of you that Ti-Jean is making history. Ti-Jean is the first Canadian folktale to be published in Canada’s premiere science fiction magazine On Spec, and the first ever folk tale finalist in the Aurora Awards. Now, it’d be awesome to make history yet again by winning the Aurora Award!

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I’m on a mission to get When Phakack Came to Steal Papa’s Bones: A Ti-Jean Story noticed by publishers so that it can be made into a book.

Last September, my Canadian folk tale When Phakack Came to Steal Papa’s Bones: A Ti-Jean Story was published in On Spec, Canada’s premiere science fiction and fantasy magazine. This story has the distinction of being the first Canadian folk tale published in On Spec.

A reviewer from the United Kingdom liked the story enough to suggest that it should be published as a book. It’s a great idea but it takes a lot to get noticed by publishers. So, I’m on a mission to get the story noticed.

The best way to get noticed is to get the story on the short list for Canada’s Aurora Awards sponsored by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA). That means that the story needs to receive a sufficient number of nomination votes. Only the top five in each category will appear on the final ballot.

The deadline for nominations is May 6, 2017.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration! I hope you enjoy reading When Phakack Came to Steal Papa’s Bones: A Ti-Jean Story.

Ace Jordyn

April 2017