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Winners announced for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

The winners of the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced.

The $1,000 winner in the adult fiction category is Silvia Moreno-Garcia for her Mayan mythology-inspired fantasy Gods of Jade and Shadow (Del Rey). The novel is about a young woman who joins the Mayan god of death on a quest. Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, 2015’s Signal to Noise, won the Sunburst Award Society’s members’ choice award, the Copper Cylinder (the award was last presented in 2018).

The $1,000 winner in the young adult fiction category is Allison Mills’s The Ghost Collector (Annick Press). The middle-grade novel is about a young girl who can see ghosts, but is unable to connect with her mother after she passes away.

The $500 winner in the short-story category is Rebecca Campbell for her story “The Fourth Trimester Is the Strangest,” published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The jury praised the story for believably blending “the disorientation of postpartum depression with the supernatural” in a style that is “plausible and terrifying.”

The jury consisted of Peter Darbyshire, Kristyn Dunnion, Omar El Akkad, Michelle Butler Hallett, John Jantunen, Michael Johnstone, Ursula Pflug, and Sarah Tolmie.