My apologies to our international friends- sadly, you are not eligible to vote in Canada’s Auroras. Please feel free to peruse the missive sent to us by the Aurora President regarding the situation:
I have noticed some serious errors on your website, http://starklightpress.com/, concerning the Aurora awards. At this time the only thing that is open is that CSFFA members are nominating their favourite works for the awards. The eligibility list only shows our members some of the items that they may nominate. Nominations do not close until April and we will not be announcing the award nominees until May. I know that one of my board members has been in touch with you and he is quite correct in the seriousness of this issue.
On your website you say: “Please note that Virginia Carraway Stark is up for Best Novel (Dalton’s Daughter) and best poem (Her Face).” This is not true. You and many other works are eligible for the award but you may NOT say that you are up for the award. It gives people the impression that you are on the final ballot.
At this time there is no 2015 ballot. So none of your works have been nominated for the awards and you may not say that they have. You may also not request non-Canadians to nominate. This award is only for Canadian. You must be Canadian or a landed immigrant living in Canada to register and become a member of CSFFA.
I am going to have to request that you update your site immediately.
I know you have nominated and voted in the past and thought you understood the rules. If not we have them posted on our website here: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/eligibility/
Thank you for your assistance,
Aurora Awards administrator and CSFFA President
Cliff’s email says more volumes than I ever could regarding the quality of the establishment of the Aurora Awards- that and the fact they directed the complaint to our Chief Editor, Virginia Carraway Stark, when yours truly was
the one who engaged via message and email.
– Tony Stark.