Omar El Akkad, Cherie Dimaline longlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian speculative writing

The Sunburst Award is an annual prize that celebrates Canadian works of speculative fiction. The winners of the adult and young adult categories receive a cash prize of $1,000,
Omar El Akkad and Cherie Dimaline are longlisted for the 2018 Sunburst Awards. (CBC)

The longlists for the 2018 Sunburst Award for excellence in Canadian literature of the fantastic have been revealed.

Among the selected books are Canada Reads 2018 contenders American War by Omar El Akkad for adult fiction and The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline for young adult fiction.

The Sunburst Award is an annual prize that celebrates Canadian works of speculative fiction. The winners of the adult and young adult categories receive a cash prize of $1,000, while the winner of the short story category will receive $500.

The jury for the adult and young adult categories was comprised of Megan Crewe, Kate Heartfield, Dominik Parisien, Halli Villegas and Heather Wood, while the short story jury included Candas Jane Dorsey, Emily Pohl-Weary and Alexandra Renwick.

The shortlists will be announced in late June, and the winners will be announced in the fall.

Below are the complete longlists for all three categories.


Young Adult

  • Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko
  • Tangled Planet by Kate Blair
  • The Painting by Charis Cotter
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  • Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan 
  • All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham
  • Exo by Fonda Lee
  • The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
  • Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
  • Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr
  • Mountain by Ursula Pflug

Short Story

  • Valediction at the Star View Motel by Nathan Adler
  • On Highway 18 by Rebecca Campbell
  • Casual Miracles by Peter Darbyshire 
  • Dragoi by David Demchuk
  • Not Valid for Spain by Kate Heartfield
  • Yellowcat by Claire Humphrey 
  • The Beautiful Gears of Dying by Sandra Kasturi 
  • Spiked by Rich Larson 
  • Meridian by Karin Lowachee
  • Hacker's Faire by Rati Mehrotra
  • Goodbye is that Time Between Now and Forever by Matt Moore
  • The Expansion by Julie Paul 
  • Animate by Kate Story
  • The Weight of Sentience by Naru Dames Sundar
  • Gone Flying by Liz Westbrook-Trenholm


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