I’m excited to announce that Song of the Sword has been long-listed in the young adult category for The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.
The winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 as well as a medallion which incorporates the Sunburst logo.
The Sunburst Award takes its name from the debut novel of the late Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction.
Others long-listed in the YA category:
- Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
- The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
- Gottika by Helaine Becker
- Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
- The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger
- Guardian by Natasha Deen
- Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica
- A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
- Sophie, In Shadow by Eileen Kernaghan
- Seven Wild Sisters by Charles de Lint
- The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
- The Paper Sword by Robert Priest
- Zomboy by Richard Scrimger
- Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith
- The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet
The short list will be announced in mid-June and the winners will be announced in the fall. This year’s jurors are S.M. Beiko, Gerard Collins, Paula Johanson, Corey Redekop and Sherryl Vint.