Haven’t yet had a chance to write up the Aurora Award related post I’d intended to owing to focus on other projects. In the meantime, I’m just going to post up the breakdown of the 2013 Aurora Awards voting (since I gather from talking with people on and off that many of you have not yet seen this):
That breakdown includes a fair amount of voting information. But, perhaps most interestingly, this year also includes the long form breakdown of all the votes submitted in a category. More specifically: it means we can now see the votes
below the cutoff for inclusion on the ballot. [Edit: Actually, I'm wrong: the votes shown in the long form breakdown only reflect those eligible works which received 5 or more total votes (the threshold for possible inclusion on the voting ballot) from the accumulated nominations cast on preliminary ballots.]
I leave you to it. And I will be back to discuss the numbers and the breakdown once I’ve got more time.
On another note, though in related news:
I’m going to remind everyone that Sandra Kasturi and Helen Marshall are still reading for Imaginarium 2014: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. For those who don’t already know, Imaginarium is an annual reprint Best Of series put out by ChiZine Publications. (2012 and 2013 volumes at the links, for reference.) The submission deadline for submitting reading material for consideration is January 31st, 2014.
Now, I’ve been getting in touch with publishers and editors piecemeal requesting reprint/reading material for the editors, but I’ve had precious few responses, and a fair number of e-mails bouncing off listed contact e-mails. So, writers, editors, publishers, this is a reiteration of the open call (I’m still going to try and get in touch with publishers/editors individually, and am cross-posting this in multiple places, but):
Submit electronic files of your 2013 publications (individual stories, review copies of books/magazines/anthologies) to email@example.com. (Submission of physical copies if electronic copies of files are not available is permissible, but electronic submissions are strongly preferred.) Submit work for consideration as far in advance of the deadline as possible.
Writers: If you’re not sure if your publisher has sent in your story, or stories, send a copy yourself. Duplicate submissions of the same work are fine, as long as the editors get a chance to read it.
Publishers/Magazine Editors/Anthologists: Even if you are publishing primarily literary fiction, please do submit your publications/collections/books/any applicable material for consideration anyway. “Speculative fiction” covers interstitial, slipstream, magic realist, fabulist, and other material as well as generally defined genre fiction, and the editors need the opportunity to determine whether or not what you are publishing would be eligible for consideration, so please do send that along.
The editors are reading short fiction, novelettes, novellas [Edit: and poetry] for consideration. It does not matter where this material was published, as long as the author is Canadian (citizen, resident, expatriate, and so on) and the work was published in 2013. You should also send work that will be published before the calendar year is over.
Okay. That’s about it for now. Please, feel free to help spread the word about the open call for reading material for Imaginarium 2014 wherever you can.
If anyone needs me for anything else, you can, as always, get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.