The shortlists for the Sunburst Awards, honoring Canada’s finest in “literature of the fantastic” were announced recently. The finalists in the two categories of Adult speculative fiction and Young Adult speculative fiction written by a Canadian author in the last calendar year, include:
Adult Speculative Fiction
- The Troop by Nick Cutter
- The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- My Real Children by Jo Walton
- Will Starling by Ian Weir
Young Adult Speculative Fiction
- The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
- Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
- A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
- Sophie, In Shadow by Eileen Kernaghan
- The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet
Additionally, Honorable Mentions were given in both categories, and were declared “recommended reading” by the jurists judging the awards. These include The First Principles of Dreaming by Beth Goobie, Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall, and Echopraxia by Peter Watts in the Adult category, and Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica, and The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel in the Young Adult category.
The winners will be announced in the fall. Congratulations to all the nominees and honorable mentions!