April 10, 2017

Nominate "Songbun" for the Aurora Award for Best Short Fiction - English

Calling all Canadians citizens at home and abroad and permanent residents of Canada: our national science fiction awards, the Aurora Awards, are now open for nominations. This year, LiterASIAN 2015 featured author and frequent Ricepaper contribute, Derwin Mak has a short story "Songbun" that is eligible to be nominated in the category of Best Short Fiction in English. With Aurora Awards nominating deadline only a little under four weeks away, “Songbun” is eligible to be nominated for the ballot. “Songbun” is about a hapless North Korean cosmonaut and his mission for Dear Leader. “Songbun” was published in Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts. A pdf file of “Songbun” is attached. If you want to read it online or download a pdf, it is online at:http://www.derwinmaksf.com/Songbun.html

Members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association may vote in the Aurora Awards. It costs only $10 to join the CSFFA. To join the CSFFA and vote, or if you are already a member and wish to vote, go to: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/

The nominating deadline is Saturday, May 6, 2017 at midnight EDT. Read "Songbun", and if you like it, please nominate it."Songbun" was published in the anthology Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law, from Laksa Media Groups Inc.

During the nomination period, "Songbun" will be available free on my website at http://www.derwinmaksf.com/Songbun.html or you can download a pdf here.

To learn more about the Aurora Awards and to nominate stories and individuals, visit:

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) charges an annual $10 membership fee, so both new and returning members will be asked to pay $10 by Paypal. Renewing members can access the membership portal and make nominations after paying the membership fee. New members will receive a Society number by email and can go back to the Aurora Awards website and submit nominations. Nominees do not get any sort of monetary gain from the fees. The CSFFA is a non-profit organization, and its small budget, raised by the membership and voting fees, goes to administer the awards program and produce the trophies. $10 is a low price to promote national pride in our science fiction and to give a small reward to your favourite authors, artists, and fan organizers.
The online nomination deadline is May 6, 2017.