Jo Walton, Ami McKay among finalists for 2017 Sunburst Award for fantasy writing

Fifteen writers have been shortlisted across three categories: adult fiction, young adult fiction and short story.
Jo Walton (left) and Ami McKay are shortlisted for the 2017 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. (Eric Jentile/

Fifteen writers have been shortlisted across the Sunburst Award's three categories: adult fiction, young adult fiction and short story. The prize annually celebrates "Canadian literature of the fantastic."

Jo Walton makes her third appearance on the Sunburst shortlist in the adult fiction category for Necessity. The book is the third in a series about five cities, formerly joined together as the Just City, whose violence has led to their relocation to the planet Plato by the hand of Zeus. The first two books in the series are The Just City and The Philosopher Kings.

Ami McKay is also on the adult fiction shortlist for The Witches of New York, a historical novel set 200 years after the Salem witch trials. The book follows the proprietors of a tea shop and their tug-of-war over a young apprentice who demonstrates magical potential.

Other contenders for the $1,000 adult fiction prize include:

  • Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey
  • Sleeping Giantsby Sylvain Neuvel
  • Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson

Finalists for the $1,000 young adult fiction prize include:

Finalists for the $500 short story prize include:

Winners of the prizes will be announced in the fall of 2017.

The three winners of the 2016 awards were Gemma Files for Experimental Film in the adult fiction category, Leah Bobet for An Inheritance of Ashes in the young adult fiction category and Catherine MacLeod for her short story "Hide and Seek."


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