Aurora Awards Finalist (Or: In Which Losing is Still Winning)
So back in June, just as CBC noted, I was a finalist for the Aurora Awards, Canada’s foremost award for outstanding success in science fiction and fantasy! I was nominated for best YA.
Aminder Dhaliwal, Sarah Raughley and Fonda Lee among 2019 Aurora Award finalists. @aminder_d @s_raughley @FondaJLee https://t.co/DUwI6LlRC2
— CBC Books (@cbcbooks) June 3, 2019
So what happened?
Well, I didn’t win. But I got a cool pin!
Got my nomination pin! Proud to be a first time finalist! Thank you @PrixAuroraAward! https://t.co/6yf3jmWEoA pic.twitter.com/RKDq6JOgz6
— Sarah Raughley (@s_raughley) December 1, 2019
They give it to all first time finalists! I love the little maple leaf in the center!!
The ceremony was at the Can*Con convention in Ottawa in October, and while I planned to go to pick up my pin in person, some unfortunate and life-changing events made that impossible. They sent my pin in the mail and it felt no less special.
Thing is, I didn’t really worry about winning or not winning. Just the fact that my work was appreciated and noticed by others means a lot to me.
I guess the lesson here is: keep striving and keep doing what you love. And if you’re a writer, keep writing. Your words are doing something for someone out there!