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2019 Sunburst Award Shortlists


2019 Sunburst Award Shortlists

The Sunburst Award Committee has announced the shortlists for the 2019 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. The winners will be announced in the Fall 2019.


Adult Fiction
  • Eden Robinson, Trickster Drift [Penguin Random House Canada]
  • Andromeda Romano-Lax, Plum Rains [Penguin Random House Canada]
  • Kate Heartfield, Armed in Her Fashion [Chizine Publications]
  • Amber Dawn, Sodom Road Exit [Arsenal Pulp Press]
  • Rich Larson, Annex [Orbit/Hachette Book Group]



Young Adult Fiction
  • Rebecca Schaeffer, Not Even Bones [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]
  • Patrick Weekes, Feeder [Simon & Schuster Canada]
  • Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road [Penguin Random House Canada]
  • Regan McDonell, Black Chuck [Orca Book Publishers]
  • Sebastien de Castell, Spellslinger [Orbit, Hachette Book Group]



Short Story Fiction
  • Senaa Ahmad, “The Glow-In-The-Dark Girls” [Strange Horizons, 15 Jan 2018]
  • Madeline Ashby, “Domestic Violence” [Slate, 26 March 2018]
  • Malon Edwards, “Candied Sweets, Cornbread, and Black-Eyed Peas” [Sword and Sonnet, Ate Bit Bear]
  • Rich Larson, “Meat And Salt And Sparks” [Tor.com 6 June 2018]
  • A.C. Wise, “The Time Traveler's Husband” [Shimmerzine #46, Nov 2018]


The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic has celebrated the best in Canadian fantastic literature in both Adult and Young Adult publications since 2001. Winners receive a medallion that incorporates the Sunburst logo. Winners of both the Adult and Young Adult Sunburst Award also receive a cash prize of $1,000, while winners of the Short Story Sunburst Award receive a cash prize of $500.

The Sunburst Award takes its name from the debut novel of the late Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction. Last year's winners were David Demchuk and Cherie Dimaline; previous winners include Johnathan Auxier, Andrew Davidson, Martine Desjardins, Gemma Files, Hiromi Goto, Nalo Hopkinson, Guy Gavriel Kay, Thomas King, Ruth Ozeki, Geoff Ryman, and Margaret Sweatman. 

2017 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic - Shortlists


2017 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic - Shortlists

The Sunburst Award Committee has announced the shortlists for the 2017 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. The winners will be announced in Fall 2017.

ADULT SHORTLIST

YOUNG ADULT SHORTLIST

SHORT STORY SHORTLIST

This year’s shortlists again highlight the eclecticism to be found in today's Canadian literature of the fantastic. Although the majority of those shortlisted are making their Sunburst Award debut, there are a number of return writers: Jonathan Auxier, James Alan Garner, Jo Walton (twice before) and Robert Charles Wilson have all been shortlisted before; in fact Robert Charles Wilson's work has been shortlisted an unprecedented seven times.

The Jury
The jurors for the 2017 award are Nancy Baker, Michel Basilières, Rebecca Bradley, Dominick Grace, and Sean Moreland.

2017 Longlist for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic


2017 Longlist for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

The Sunburst Award Committee has announced the 2017 longlist for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

Below are the works longlisted by the jury, with links to their publishers, books and stories (where possible).




The Sunburst Award official shortlist will be announced in late June. Sunburst Award winners will be announced in Fall 2017.

The jurors for the 2017 award are Nancy Baker, Michel Basilières, Rebecca Bradley, Dominick Grace, and Sean Moreland.

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastika published during the previous calendar year. Winners receive a medallion that incorporates the Sunburst logo. Winners of both the Adult and Young Adult Sunburst Award also receive a cash prize of $1,000, while winners of the Short Story Sunburst Award receive a cash prize of $500.

The Sunburst Award takes its name from the debut novel of the late Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction. Past winners of the Sunburst Award include Ruth Ozeki, Guy Gavriel Kay, Cory Doctorow, Nalo Hopkinson, Charles de Lint, Thomas King, and last year’s winner Gemma Files.

For additional information about the Sunburst Award, the nominees, juries, as well as previous awards, eligibility, and the selection process, please visit the official website at www.sunburstaward.org.

2019 Sunburst Award Shortlists2017 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic - Shortlists2017 Longlist for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

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