Tenth Edition

and Canvention 40
August 14 to 16, 2020
Delta Calgary South, Calgary, Alberta
August 14 to 16, 2020
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Canvention 40
The Tenth Annual Edition of When Words Collide

Canvention and the Aurora Awards

Each year a Canadian convention or festival hosts the floating convention known as Canvention. This year Canvention is being organized by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) a national non-profit society along with a host convention, When Words Collide 2020. CSFFA's mandate is to give out the Aurora awards and induct people into CSFFA's Hall of the Fame.

There are 11 different Aurora awards. They are given out for both professional and volunteer (unpaid) work in the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Works are nominated by members of CSFFA which all Canadians are welcome to join. The top nominated works are shortlisted and put onto the Aurora ballot and voted on by CSFFA members. Through the generosity of the nominees and their publishers, CSFFA members also get to download electronic versions of almost all of the published nominated works.

The CSFFA Hall of Fame trophy will also be on display at When Words Collide. The Hall of Fame inductees are determined by a jury of four experts and one coordinator from CSFFA.

For full details about CSFFA go to their site at: prixaurorawards.ca

On Friday evening after the Keynote speeches by WWC’s guest, here at the Delta, CSFFA will be presenting this year's first-time nominees with their Aurora nominee pins.

On Saturday night after the banquet, at about 7pm, we invite everyone to join us for the Aurora awards ceremony. This is free and open to the public. Come find out first who wins this year's trophies.

CSFFA annual general meeting will also be taking place on Sunday morning at When Words Collide. Join them to find out the result of this year's vote on society questions. Meet a number of the CSFFA board members and maybe see if you would like to assist with the society.

Here are a number of helpful links about the Auroras and CSFFA:


When Words Collide is a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, children's books, and poetry. Would you like to know more?

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