I’d like to draw your attention to the first, though. “The Dog’s Paw” is a dark fantasy story about a North American diplomatic corps trying to increase the number of honour killings in a country very much like Yemen. I’d been appalled about honour killings in general for a long time, but didn’t find a way to actually put on paper what I wanted until I reversed all the morals. “Dog’s Paw” was chosen by Ellen Datlow for her Year’s Best Horror Volume Six.
I believe she called it “wonderfully disturbing.” It will also be podcast in June at Pseudopod.org.
If you are interested in reading “Dog’s Paw” I would be happy to send you a pdf. And if you feel it is something you would want to consider as you think about the Aurora and the World Fantasy nominations, I would obviously be delighted.
If you are interested in thinking about some other amazing fiction, might I suggest a few stories below that are in my balloting consideration? If you think there are others I should be thinking about, please let me know!
How to Nominate – Aurora: You need to be a member of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), by being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and paying $10, but this money supports the awards themselves and provides a small cash prize for the winner in the novel category. You can become a member by clicking here: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/membership/join-csffa/ If you’re already a member you’re golden. After payment, you can click on the “Aurora Awards” button at the top of the screen and then you’re good to go. The nomination deadline is April 12.
How to Nominate – World Fantasy Award: If you attended the World Fantasy Convention 2012 or 2013, or are going to attend the World Fantasy Convention in 2014, you’re eligible to already. The link and instructions are right here http://worldfantasy2014.org/awards.php. The nomination deadline is May
Thank you for any thought you give to this.
Aurora Ballot – some on my “consider these” list:
Helen Marshall “The Hanging Game” http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/03/the-hanging-game
Michael Matheson “The Last Summer” http://www.ideomancer.com/?p=2637
Geoffrey Cole “Song of Mary” http://www.electricvelocipede.com/2013/12/song-of-mary-by-geoffrey-w-cole/
Indrapramit Das “Karina Who Kissed Spacetime” http://www.apex-magazine.com/karina-who-kissed-spacetime/
Gemma Files “A Feast for Dust” http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/a-feast-for-dust/
Geoff Gander “White Noise” http://aescifi.ca/index.php/fiction/35-short-stories/1998-white-noise
Kate Heartfield “A Pair of Ragger Claws” http://blacktreacle.ca/2013/04/02/a-pair-of-ragged-claws-by-kate-heartfield/
Cory Doctorow “By His Things Will You Know Him” http://www.iftf.org/fanfutures/doctorow/
Marie Bilodeau “The Kevlar Canoe” http://tychebooks.com/books/masked-mosaic/
Hayden Trenholm and Elizabeth Westbrook Trenholm “Chasing Happiness” http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Three.htm
There’s a much bigger list of eligible works available
for nomination at: http://canspecfic.com/2013-can-sf/
World Fantasy Ballot – the ones above, plus some works by
Sofia Samatar “Selkie Stories are for Losers” http://www.strangehorizons.com/2013/20130107/selkie-f.shtml
Christopher Barzak “Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster” http://www.apex-magazine.com/sister-twelve-confessions-of-a-party-monster/
Kenneth Schneyer “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” http://mythicdelirium.com/?page_id=1137