The winners of the 2016 Sunburst Awards for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic were announced on September 14.
This year marked the first time a Sunburst has been given in the Short Story category.
2016 Sunburst Award for Adult Fiction
- Experimental Film by Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications).
The other shortlisted works for the 2016 Adult Award were:
- Katherine Fawcett, The Little Washer of Sorrows (Thistledown Press)
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Signal to Noise (Solaris)
- Heather O’Neill, Daydreams of Angels (HarperCollins Canada)
- Robert Charles Wilson, The Affinities (Tor)
2016 Sunburst Award for Young Adult Fiction
- An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet (Scholastic Canada).
The other shortlisted works for the 2016 Young Adult Award were:
- David Carroll, Sight Unseen (Scholastic Canada)
- Mikaela Everett, The Unquiet (HarperCollins)
- Kenneth Oppel, The Nest (HarperCollins)
- Neil Smith,Boo (Knopf)
2016 Sunburst Award for Short Story
- “Hide and Seek” by Catherine MacLeod (initially published in Playground of Lost Toys [Exile Editions]).
The other shortlisted works for the 2016 Short Story Award were:
- Charlotte Ashley, “La Héron” (in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2015)
- Rebecca Campbell, “The Glad Hosts” (in Lackington’s Magazine, Issue 7)
- Mike Donoghue, “Stuck in the Past” (in Abyss & Apex, Issue 54)
- Kelly Robson, “Two-Year Man” (in Asimov’s Science Fiction, August 2015)
- Peter Wendt, “Get the Message” (in Second Contacts[Bundoran Press])
The 2016 Sunburst Award jury was comprised of Timothy Anderson, Sylvia Bérard, Virginia O’Dine, Dale Sproule, and Myna Wallin.
Jurors for the 2017 award will be Nancy Baker, Michel Basilières, Rebecca Bradley, Dominick Grace, and Sean Moreland.
Winners of the Adult and Young Adult Award receive a cash prize of $1,000. Winners of the Short Story Award receive a cash prize of $500.00. All winners also receive a Sunburst Medallion.
The Sunburst is named after the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb, among the first published authors of contemporary Canadian science fiction.