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The name of the award comes from the title of the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb, Sunburst (1964).
The first award was given out in 2001. The award consists of a cash prize ($1,000 Canadian for novel length work, and $500 Canadian for short stories) and a medallion. The winner is selected by jury; a new jury is struck each year.
List of past award winners
|2002||Margaret Sweatman||When Alice Lay Down with Peter|
|2003||Nalo Hopkinson||Skin Folk|
|2004||Cory Doctorow||A Place So Foreign and 8 More|
|2006||Holly Phillips||In the Palace of Repose|
|2007||Mark Frutkin||Fabrizio's Return|
|2008||Adult: Nalo Hopkinson
Young adult: Joanne Proulx
|The New Moon's Arms|
Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet
|2009||Adult: Andrew Davidson
Young adult: Cory Doctorow
|2010||Adult: A. M. Dellamonica
Young adult: Hiromi Goto
|2011||Adult: Guy Gavriel Kay
Young adult: Paul Glennon
|2012||Adult: Geoff Ryman
Young adult: Catherine Austen
All Good Children
|2013||Adult: Martine Desjardins
Young adult: Rachel Hartman
|2014||Adult: Ruth Ozeki
Young adult: Charles de Lint
|A Tale for the Time Being|
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest
|2015||Adult: Thomas King
Young adult: Cecil Castellucci
|The Back of the Turtle|
|2016||Adult: Gemma Files
Young adult: Leah Bobet
Short Story: Catherine A. MacLeod
An Inheritance of Ashes
Hide and Seek
|2017||Adult: Claire Humphrey
Young adult: Jonathan Auxier
Short Story: A. C. Wise
|Spells of Blood and Kin |
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard
The Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841)
|2018||Adult: David Demchuk
Young adult: Cherie Dimaline
Short Story: Sandra Kasturi
|The Bone Mother |
The Marrow Thieves
The Beautiful Gears of Dying
|2019||Adult: Andromeda Romano Lax
Young adult: Rachel Hartman
Short Story: Senaa Ahmad
Tess of the Road
The Glow-in-the-Dark Girls
Lists of nominees
For a complete and up to date listing of current and past long-listed and short-listed works, please see the Sunburst Award Website.
The Sunburst Award administration and juries use the broadest possible definition of speculative fiction for eligibility purposes: "science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, horror, surrealism, fantastique, fabulism, myth and legend, fantastical storytelling, and any other writing beyond the strictly realistic". To be eligible for the award, a work must be published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year. Only Canadian citizens and landed immigrants are eligible.
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