Polar Borealis wins Aurora Award!

The Auroras are Canada’s annual national SF&F awards (roughly equivalent to the American Hugos).

On August 15th, 2020, Polar Borealis won the Aurora Award in the “Best Fan Writing and Publication” category.

A word of explanation. There is no “semi-professional” level recognized in the Auroras. Therefore a magazine like Polar Borealis, which is free to download, is automatically considered a “Fan publication.” However, since my contributors are paid for their stories and poems, their publication in Polar Borealis is recognized as a professional sale, which makes them eligible for the professional Aurora Awards “Best Short Story” and/or “Best Poem.” For example, Ottawa writer Matt Moore won an Aurora in 2018 for his poem “Heaven is the Hell of No Choices” which I published in Polar Borealis issue #4.

Winning an Aurora Award is a great honour. I am one very happy Publisher.

Polar Borealis #15 is now online and available for free download

Polar Borealis#15 contains the following good reading:

With Cover art by Swati Chavda. Poems by Roxanne Barbour, Richard Stevenson, David F. Shultz, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, Melanie Marttila, Ralph Pitchie, Lisa Timpf, and Jim Smith. Stories by Greg Fewer, K.M. McKenzie, Gillian Secord, Nancy Kay Clark, Justin Dill, Hayden Trenholm, R. A. Clarke, and Robert Runté.

Go to “Current/Back Issues” and scroll down to click on link to issue.

Cheers!  R. Graeme Cameron

Issue #14 of Polar Borealis is now online and available for free download!

Issue #14 of Polar Borealis contains:

Cover art by Jenni Merrifield. Poetry by Greg Fewer, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, J.J. Steinfeld, Lynne Sargent, Lisa Timpf, Melanie Marttila, Douglas Shimizu, and Colleen Anderson. Short Stories by Mike McArthur, Sheryl Normandeau, Fran Skene, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, J.Y.T. Kennedy, Lily Blaze, Marco Cultrera, Q. DiFulvio, and Mark Braidwood.

Go to “Current/Back Issues” and scroll down to click on link.

Polar Borealis open to submissions!

POLAR BOREALIS Magazine is open to submissions February 1 to Feb 29, 2020.
– Canadian authors or writers resident in Canada only.
– Open to stories and poems in SF&F & horror genres.
– Primarily interested in SF, but fantasy & horror okay.
– Prefer originals, but reprints okay.
– Up to 2 story submissions okay. Up to 5 poem submissions okay.
– Response first week of March.
– Pays before publication.
– Pays flat rate $10 CAD per poem.
– Pays flat rate $10 CAD 1,000 words or less stories.
– Pays 1 cent per word CAD stories 1,001 to 3,000 words.
– Maximum 3,000 words = $30 CAD.
– Prefer shorter stories, less than 1,500 words.
– Pays flat rate $40 CAD for cover art.
– Buys first publication (or Reprint) English Language World Serial Online (PDF) Internet Rights.
– Publisher & Editor: R. Graeme Cameron.
– See Submission Guidelines, Submission Status, FAQ and Pay Rates for further details.

Issue #13 is now online and available for download!

Polar Borealis Magazine issue #13 is now available for free download!

It contains:

Cover Art by Lily Blaze. Poems by Roxanne Barbour, Catherine Girczyc, Augustus Clark, Lisa Timpf, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Lee F. Patrick, and Alison McBain. Stories by Jon Gauthier, Paul Alex Gray, Darien Yawching Rickwood, Geoffrey Hart, Don Miasek, Gregg Chamberlain, Jonathan Sean Lyster, and Jean-Louis Trudel.

Go to “Current/Back Issues” section and scroll down to click on the appropriate link.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Polar Borealis will be open to submissions during the month of February, 2020!

Go to “Submission Status,” “Submission Guidelines” and the “FAQ” for detailed info.

Issue #12 now online and available for free download!

Polar Borealis Magazine issue #12 is now available for free download!

It contains:

Cover Art by Gareth McGorman. Poems by Roxanne Barbour, Lisa Timpf, J.J. Steinfeld, Lynne Sargent, Augustus Clark, Melissa Yuan-Innes, and Neile Graham. Stories by Eric Chu, Quinlan Moss, Elizabeth Buchan-Kimmerly, Mike McArthur, J. Paul Cooper, Colleen Anderson, and Catherine Girczyc.

Go to “Current/Back Issues” section and scroll down to click on the appropriate link.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Polar Borealis will be open to submissions during the month of February, 2020!

Go to “Submission Status,” “Submission Guidelines” and the “FAQ” for detailed info.

Issue #11 now online and available for free download!

The July/August 2019 issue is now online for your reading pleasure!

It contains:

Cover Art by Eric Chu. Poems by Roxanne Barbour, Lisa Timpf, Augustus Clark, J.J. Steinfeld, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Ivanka Fear, and Robert Runte. Stories by Taral Wayne, Robert Dawson, Nicole Iversen, Lee F. Patrick, Peter J. Foote, Akem, Mark Russell, and Karl Johanson.

Go to Current/Back Issues to check it out!

Issue #10 now online and available for download!

With Cover Art by Michael D. Jackson. Poems by Rhea Rose, Neile Graham, Augustus Clark, Richard Stevenson, Roxanne Barbour, and Colleen Anderson. Stories by Jacinda Sinclair, Ben Stein, Ron Friedman, Lawrence Van Hoof, Matthew Bin, Catherine Girczyc, and Michelle F. Goddard. Article by Robert Runte.

Just go to “Current/Back Issues” and scroll down to the appropriate link.

Submission Period Closed. #10 coming soon!

I was open for submissions throughout the month of April. Very pleased to report I now have enough material for issues #11 to #13, which will carry through to Spring of 2020. I will probably not open to submissions again till late this year, possibly in November.

Meanwhile, Issue #10 is in final proofing stages and I expect to publish online before May is over.