Aurora Award Season

Aurora Awards eligibility lists are open! To participate in our national awards, you have to be a member of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association CSFFA ($10) per year. All Canadians are eligible to join and nominate. Then CSFFA members vote on the actual award winners once the nominations are set. You must join to be able to vote on which stories or poems are actually nominated. Nomination dates are

March 1, 2020Nominations open
April 18, 2020Nominations close  

Nomination Process

Nominations is the second phase of the Aurora Awards process. Works from the eligibility lists are nominated by CSFFA members for the Aurora Awards ballot. The top five works in each category with the most nominations will be placed on the ballot.

I have 2 stories and one poem that are eligible and would love it if I received a nomination this year, so keep in mind the following:

Story – Absinthe Kind in Polar Borealis #12 Nov/Dec 2019

Story – WRASSE in Neo-Opsis #30 Dec 2019

Poem – “Law of Love” in Polar Borealis #9 March 2019.

Join CSSFA to get automatically emailed when it’s time to nominate at this website:

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Getting geared up for #NaNoWriMo 2019

Nano image by Jennifer C. Cantrell

This November, I’m working hard on my novel for NaNo.

For those who don’t know what NaNo is see their site

The idea is to get a first draft of your novel down within a month.

I usually don’t aim for the fifty thousand words they suggest. However, I always work on my work in progress.

October 21, 2019 Publication Rumour

Really pleased to hear that one of my stories, accepted by a small magazine some months back is nigh on published! Still not certain exactly when the story will come out, but really pleased! It’s hard for the publishers of small magazines and anthologies. They do this work really for love and ego-boo not financial gain, so kudos to them. I truly appreciate each and every one of them.

Plus, for the individual writer, in this career, small pieces of good news can be very important. Writers don’t always get all the accolades all the time.

Creative Input this week:

While I’m doing my exceptionally busy day job gig, I’m going to think of ideas for the chapters-in-progress. Today I read some of the work and planned a couple of things I need to get in before I typing “The End” of draft one.

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Also, I have a substack account now, too. It’s a new thing for me, to experiment with mailing lists and probably more for my mini-publisher enterprise than my own work, but we’ll see. Click the link below to see it and subscribe.