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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.

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Editor, writer, performer and educator Timothy Anderson is a returning Sunburst juror based in Edmonton. In addition to his sf novel Resisting Adonis (Tesseracts), Timothy has written short fiction, poetry, operas and plays. Editing with The Books Collective from 1994 to 2005, he has experience in a wide range of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. 2014 saw the premiere of Just Keep Breathing, the film adaptation of his play about moral distress in pediatric intensive care teams. He has won many awards, including the Alberta Centennial Silver Medallion and the inaugural 2006/07 BookTelevision 3-Day Novel Contest reality TV show for his non-sf novel Juggernaut. He teaches book editing, substantive editing, and ethical practice in the Communication Studies department at MacEwan University.

Sylvie Bérard is a writer, teacher, scholar and literary critique, especially of science fiction. She teaches Québec literature and creative writing at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). Her research fields include science fiction, gender studies, and theories of enunciation. Among her recent scholarly works in science fiction is her contribution to the group « Les scénarios d’organisation sociopolitique et économique des sociétés post-écologiques : analyse des propositions issues de la science fiction ». She is the author, in collaboration with Magalie Uhl, of the booklet La science-fiction : de la perspective à la prospective publié (Cahiers de la CRSDD, 2012). She also published many long and short stories, and the science fiction novels Terre des Autres (Alire, 2004), for which she was awarded the Prix Jacques-Brossard 2005 and the Prix des lecteurs de Radio-Canada 2006, and La Saga d’Illyge (Alire 2011). This is not her first experience on a jury as she has sit on the Grand Prix de la science-fiction et du fantastique québécois twice.

Virginia O’Dine lives in Prince George, BC, where she pursues her love of theatre, writing, and not getting stuck in traffic. She was Publisher & Editor for Bundoran Press for six years before passing on the reins to Hayden Trenholm. Her short stories have appeared in Tesseracts 16 and Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. Virginia’s latest passion is stand-up comedy and has not yet had rotten tomatoes or cutlery thrown at her, so will keep making people laugh until someone gets a fork in the eye.

Dale Sproule is a writer, editor and reviewer His fiction has appeared in Northern Frights, Tesseracts, Pulphouse, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and about 40 others. Seventeen of his stories were included in his 2014 collection, Psychedelia Gothique. In the 90s, he co-published and edited (with Sally McBride) a magazine called TransVersions – Literature of the Fantastic.

He also sculpts in stone. Both his stories and sculptures are obsessed with myth and archetype. Dale currently lives in Toronto where he is looking for opportunities to rebuild old publishing paradigms for the new media environment.

Myna Wallin is an author and editor living in Toronto. She has her master's degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Her first collection of poetry, A Thousand Profane Pieces [2006] and her first novel, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar [2010] were both published by Tightrope books. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Contemporary Verse 2, Existere, Descant, Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, Rampike, 50+ Poems about Gordon Lightfoot, and Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets. Her poetry was part of an Art Gallery of Ontario exhibit in 2014 entitled, "Why (Not) Paintings of Poets?" She edited the individual collections The Animal Bridegroom by Sandra Kasturi, Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse by Phoebe Tsang and Muse by Dawn Kresan. Along with Halli Villegas she edited an anthology of Speculative fiction, In the Dark: Stories from the Supernatural (Tightrope Books, 2007). She’s currently finishing her second collection of poetry with a working title of Death, Wildlife and Taxes.

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