The 2015 Sunburst Awards, Longlist Edition

It’s been quite the enjoyable slog, but the results are finally in. After months and months and months of reading submissions — and some very fine submissions they all were — I, alongside fellow jurors S.M. Beiko, Gerard Collins, Paula Johanson, and Sherryl Vint, have finally arrived at the full longlists for The 2015 Sunburst Award.

From the official website:

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award which recognizes exceptional writing in three categories: adult, young adult and short story. The awards are presented each fall to the best Canadian speculative fiction novel, book-length collection, or short story published any time during the previous calendar year.

Named after the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb (1926–2009), one of the first celebrated writers of contemporary Canadian science fiction, the award is a cash prize of $1,000 for each of the Adult and Young Adult categories. All awards are presented with the distinctive Sunburst medallion. The awards are presented in the fall of each year.

The official press release is found here, but if you’d rather not click the link, I’ll also list the nominees we arrived at below. Expect updated shortlists in a few weeks, followed by an announcement of the winners sometime thereafter.

So, without further much ado about something awesome:

Adult Fiction Longlist, Sunburst Award

Pastoral by Andre Alexis
The Broken Hours by Jaqueline Baker
The Troop by Nick Cutter
Consumed by David Cronenberg
Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie
The First Principles of Dreaming by Beth Goobie
Head Full of Mountains by Brent Hayward
Irregular Verbs by Matthew Johnson
The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King
Gifts For the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall
Cloud by Eric McCormack
Knife Fight and Other Struggles by David Nickle
Emberton by Peter Norman
Lockstep by Karl Schroeder
Cycling to Asylum by Su J. Sokol
Silence For the Dead by Simone St. James
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My Real Children by Jo Walton
Echopraxia by Peter Watts
Will Starling by Ian Weir

Young Adult Fiction Longlist, Sunburst Award

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
Song of the Sword by Ed Willett

It’s been a true pleasure going through the mountains of submissions (final tally was north of 150 entries), and the only regret we truly have is that we must choose a winner. But have no fear, that announcement shall be coming.