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Eligibility and Submissions

Criteria

  • The work must be literature of the fantastic, which includes fabulist, fantasy, magic realist, science fiction, speculative, supernatural horror, and surrealist works.
  • The work must be a novel, or novel-length short story collection. Short stories have their own category and are any length less than 7,500 words.
  • The author must be Canadian—that is, a Canadian Citizen (native or naturalized; resident in Canada or residing outside Canada) or Landed Immigrant in Canada.
  • Translations into English are considered on an equal footing with works written originally in English. Only the first translation of a work is eligible.
  • The work must be substantially text-based and have been published in book or in e-book form.
  • Novels and short story collections published in any given calendar year are eligible for consideration in the following calendar year. If a work was not submitted in its first year of eligibility it can then be submitted for consideration one year later. No work can be submitted twice. Short stories have only one year of eligibility.

To Submit

Book Form:

For the 2017 award (for novel length books published in 2016), mail six (6) copies of the book before January 31, 2017 to the committee secretary at the address below. Please include a completed copy of the submission form downloadable in either PDF or DOC format with your shipment.

Packages from outside Canada must be marked PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS, as the Sunburst Award Society cannot pay for customs and clearance.

Each title (e-book or book form) must be accompanied by payment of $20 CAD either by cheque, credit card or Paypal in order to be considered. Cheques should be made payable to "The Sunburst Award"

For book form, payment can be made via the paypal button below. Please indicate which book(s) the payment is for.


Book Title and Author



For the 2017 award (for e-books published in 2016). E-books can be submitted only in epub format, without DRM, and must have an ISBN number using Submittable here. Payment can be made at time of upload via credit card or via Paypal.

Short Form:

The Sunburst Awards will consider short fiction (up to 7,500 words.) for their short story award. Submissions are made electronically using our submission system for short form works and must be in either Word document or pdf format only. You will be asked to provide details of where the work was originally published along with the date and story length. All works must have been previously published in 2016

  • Please include only one story per upload file.
  • Do not submit a complete magazine or anthology.
  • Non paying markets qualify.
  • Short stories have only one year of eligibility.
  • There is no administrative fee for short form submissions.
  • Deadline for submissions is Midnight Eastern Standard Time on January 31, 2017.

You can submit short stories that qualify via Submittable here.

Secretary
The Sunburst Award Society
2 Farm Greenway
Toronto, Ontario
M3A 3M2

or email secretary@sunburstaward.org