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Eligibility and Submissions


  • 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 with either an ISBN or ISSN. Short stories may also have been published in an online magazine. *Material posted on personal websites is not eligible.
  • 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.

The Sunburst Award Administrative Committee reserves the right to make the final determination of a work's eligibility.

To Submit

Book Form:

For the 2020 award (for novel length books published in 2019), mail six (6) copies of the book before January 31, 2020 to the Publisher Liaison at the address below. For e-books, see instructions below. Please include a printed, 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 or by 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 2020 award (for e-books published in 2019). E-books can be submitted only in epub format, without DRM or in Word Document (.DOC) format, and must have an ISBN number using our form here. Payment can be made at time of upload via credit card or via Paypal (see portal form directly above this paragraph).

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 a Word document or epub 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 originally published in 2019. If published online, the work must have been published in an online magazine. Material posted on personal websites is not eligible.

  • Each file must be headed by Author name / Story title / Publication data
  • 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, 2020.

You can submit short stories that qualify using our form here

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

or email