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2017 Sunburst Jurors

We are proud to announce our distinguished panel of judges for the 2017 Sunburst Awards.

Nancy Baker

Nancy Baker is the author of four novels – Cold HillsideThe Night InsideBlood and Chrysanthemums, and A Terrible Beauty – and Discovering Japan, a collection of short stories. She lives in Toronto and avoids writing by gardening, making jam, and drinking martinis.

Michel Basilieres

Michel Basilières' first novel, Black Bird, won the Amazon First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize. He's also written radio drama for the CBC, and reviews and articles for The Globe & MailThe Toronto Star and The National Post. He has been Maisonneuve Magazine's science fiction web columnist and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto. His latest novel, A Free Man, features a time-travelling robot named Lem.

Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca Bradley, a retired archaeologist and many other things, is the author of the Gil Trilogy (fantasy), Temutma (horror, coauthored with Stewart Sloan), The Lateral Truth, and many short stories for anthologies and her own collections. Her work has been presented on radio on the CBC in Canada, RTHK in Hong Kong, and in translation in Germany. Her most recent novel,Cadon, Hunter, was on the long list for the 2015 Sunburst Award. She currently lives on an acreage in Ootischenia, British Columbia and writes a blog for the Skeptic Ink Network.

Dominick Grace

Dominick Grace is an Associate Professor of English at Brescia University College in London, Ontario. His research interests are eclectic, ranging from medieval to modern literature, but he has a special interest in popular culture, especially Canadian popular culture. He is the author of The Science Fiction of Phyllis Gotlieb: A Critical Reading, published by McFarland, and co-editor with Eric Hoffman of a trilogy of collected interviews with major Canadian graphic novelists, from the University Press of Mississippi: Dave Sim: ConversationsChester Brown: Conversations and Seth: Conversations, as well as of a forthcoming volume co-edited with Hoffman and Jason Sacks, Jim Shooter: Conversations. He is also currently working on co-editing essay collections on Canadian graphic novels, the television show Twin Peaks and its tie-in movie, and on Canadian speculative fiction.

Sean Moreland

Sean Moreland’s essays, many of them focused on Gothic and horror fiction in its literary, cinematic, and sequential art guises, have appeared in numerous journals and essay collections. He is creator of the weird fiction focused website Postscripts to Darkness ( and his short fiction and award-winning poetry has most recently appeared in Lackington’sBlack TreacleAcidic Fiction and Dissections. He is on the editorial board for the Edgar Allan Poe Review, is associate reviews editor for the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and teaches in the English department at the University of Ottawa.