Sunburst Award


The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award given for a speculative fiction novel or a book-length collection.


The name of the award comes from the title of the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb, Sunburst (1964).

The first award was given out in 2001. The award consists of a cash prize ($1,000 Canadian for novel length work, and $500 Canadian for short stories) and a medallion. The winner is selected by jury; a new jury is struck each year.

On June 2, 2020, the Sunburst award society announced the awards were going on a hiatus due to impacts related to COVID-19.[1]

List of past award winnersEdit

Year Winner Work title
2001 Sean Stewart Galveston
2002 Margaret Sweatman When Alice Lay Down with Peter
2003 Nalo Hopkinson Skin Folk
2004 Cory Doctorow A Place So Foreign and 8 More
2005 Geoff Ryman Air
2006 Holly Phillips In the Palace of Repose
2007 Mark Frutkin Fabrizio's Return
2008 Adult: Nalo Hopkinson
Young adult: Joanne Proulx
The New Moon's Arms
Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet[2]
2009 Adult: Andrew Davidson
Young adult: Cory Doctorow
The Gargoyle
Little Brother[3]
2010 Adult: A. M. Dellamonica
Young adult: Hiromi Goto
Indigo Springs
Half World
2011 Adult: Guy Gavriel Kay
Young adult: Paul Glennon
Under Heaven
2012 Adult: Geoff Ryman
Young adult: Catherine Austen
Paradise Tales
All Good Children
2013 Adult: Martine Desjardins
Young adult: Rachel Hartman
2014 Adult: Ruth Ozeki
Young adult: Charles de Lint
A Tale for the Time Being
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest[5]
2015 Adult: Thomas King
Young adult:
Cecil Castellucci
The Back of the Turtle
Tin Star[6]
2016 Adult: Gemma Files
Young adult:
Leah Bobet
Short Story: Catherine A. MacLeod
Experimental Film
An Inheritance of Ashes
Hide and Seek[7]
2017 Adult: Claire Humphrey
Young adult:
Jonathan Auxier
Short Story: A. C. Wise
Spells of Blood and Kin
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard
The Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841)[8]
2018 Adult: David Demchuk
Young adult:
Cherie Dimaline
Short Story: Sandra Kasturi
The Bone Mother
The Marrow Thieves
The Beautiful Gears of Dying[9]
2019 Adult: Andromeda Romano Lax
Young adult:
Rachel Hartman
Short Story: Senaa Ahmad
Plum Rains
Tess of the Road
The Glow-in-the-Dark Girls[10]
2020 Adult: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Young adult:
Allison Mills
Short Story: Rebecca Campbell
Gods of Jade and Shadow
The Ghost Collector
The Fourth Trimester is the Strangest[11]

Lists of nomineesEdit

For a complete and up to date listing of current and past long-listed and short-listed works, please see the Sunburst Award Website.


The Sunburst Award administration and juries use the broadest possible definition of speculative fiction for eligibility purposes: "science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, horror, surrealism, fantastique, fabulism, myth and legend, fantastical storytelling, and any other writing beyond the strictly realistic". To be eligible for the award, a work must be published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year. Only Canadian citizens and landed immigrants are eligible.


  1. ^ "Sunburst Award Hiatus Announcement | the Sunburst Award Society".
  2. ^ "2008 Sunburst Award Winners | The Sunburst Award Society". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  3. ^ "2009 Winners | The Sunburst Award Society". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  4. ^ Strock, Ian Randall (September 15, 2011). "2011 Sunburst Award Winners". Archived from the original on May 15, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  5. ^ "2014 Sunburst Winners". The Sunburst Award Society.
  6. ^ Publications, Locus (5 October 2015). "Locus Online News » 2015 Sunburst Awards Winners". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  7. ^ Publications, Locus (14 September 2016). "Locus Online News » 2016 Sunburst Awards Winners". Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  8. ^ "2017 Sunburst Winners | The Sunburst Award Society".
  9. ^ "2018 Sunburst Winners | the Sunburst Award Society".
  10. ^ "2019 Sunburst Award Winners | the Sunburst Award Society".
  11. ^ "2020 Sunburst Award Winners | the Sunburst Award Society".

External linksEdit

  • Sunburst Award Web Site