Robots vs. Fairies wins Shirley Jackson Award!

Robots vs. Fairies, edited by SF Canada member Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, has won this year’s Shirley Jackson Award for best anthology!

The Shirley Jackson Awards annually recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. They are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics. The awards are given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories:  Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology. The awards were presented July 14, 2019 at Readercon.

As well, the anthology is a World Fantasy Award finalist! The awards will be presented at World Fantasy Con 2019 in Los Angeles October 31-November 3.

Robots vs. Fairies is a unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or fairies?

Dominik Parisien is also the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award. He also co-edited Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Dominik’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Quill & Quire, The Fiddlehead, Exile: The Literary Quarterly, as well as other magazines and anthologies. He is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

Robots vs. Fairies is available in ebook and print versions through Saga Press.

“Venus and the Milky Way” by Rhea Rose

SF Canada member Rhea Rose’s latest short story, “Venus and The Milky Way”, is now out in Triangulation’s Dark Skies anthology. Who is holding the stars hostage? Don’t we all have the right to star-filled nights? Do you miss our Milky Way Galaxy arcing overhead? Explore answers in these creative tales of human (and alien) reaction to the yin-yang of darkness and light. Journey with us into darkness, for only there can we see the light. Don’t we all have the right?

Rhea Rose has published many speculative fiction and poetry pieces: Evolve, Tesseracts, 1,2,6,9,10,17, Transversions, On Spec, Talebones, Northwest Passages, Masked Mosaic, and Dead North. She has received honorable mentions in the Year’s Best anthologies and was reprinted in Christmas Forever (edited by David Hartwell) and twice made the preliminaries for the Nebula Award. She edited poetry for Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing and for many years hosted the Vancouver Science Fiction and Fantasy (V-Con) writers’ workshops. She is a teacher of creative writing and a graduate of CW ‘84. Her recent works include: Second Contact, Clockwork Canada, Art Song Lab and three Indie novels, The Final Catch: A Tarot Sorceress series. Twice an Aurora nominee, Rhea has a MFA in creative writing.

Find her at and find Dark Skies here.

News from Colleen Anderson

SF Canada member Colleen Anderson has had several bits of good news lately.

She has been selected as Guest of Honour at The Creative Ink Festival speculative fiction convention in Burnaby, BC in March, 2020. The Creative Ink Festival is a three-day event full of inspiring panels, presentations and workshops. Designed to be inclusive for all levels of writing, the festival is a chance for writers to have the opportunity to chat with industry insiders in a relaxed and supportive environment. Readers have the chance to meet their favourite authors and find out about the authorial process.

Colleen also had two new publications, with twinned stories appearing recently in Thrilling Words Spectulative Fiction Publishing. “Nautilus” is free to read on the Thrilling Words website. “Heartstrings”, a second story in the same setting, is available to supporting members.

Colleen is a three-time Aurora Award finalist and was longlisted for the Stoker Award in fiction. She placed in the Balticon, Rannu, Wax and Crucible poetry competitions and has performed her work before audiences in the US, UK and Canada. Colleen has been a poetry and fiction online editor, slush editor for Chizine, and also co-edited Canadian anthologies Playground of Lost Toys (Aurora nominated) and Tesseracts 17, and her solo anthology Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland, was published in 2018. A Body of Work was recently published by Black Shuck Books, UK. Some of her work is in nEvermore!, Beauty of Death, Shoreline of Infinity, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, OnSpec, Polu Texni, The Future Fire, and Cemetery Dance.

Colleen has a BFA in Creative Writing and has received grants from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for writing. The Horror Writers Association granted her a partial scholarship to attend Stokercon in 2019. She is working on several collections of poetry, a couple of novels, and marketing more anthology ideas. Once in a while she still does freelance copyediting, and used to copyedit for New York publishers and companies. Her blog about writing and life can be found at, and she sometimes invites guest authors to write about their works as well.

“Bootleg Jesus” by Tonya Liburd

SF Canada member Tonya Liburd has a new short story out at Diabolical Plots, the popular submissions tool and online magazine. “Bootleg Jesus” is a story about religion, family, and magic. Mara lives in an isolated village where magic isn’t supposed to manifest in people. A place that’s supposed to be safe from the god-like beings who manifest particularly potent gifts. For Mara’s friend Sydney, though, it’s not at all a safe place, and for all the children it’s somewhere they are not really free.

This is an interesting coming-of-age story, exploring those age-old ideas of what it means to grow up and find you don’t match the expectations of those around you.                     – Tangent Online


Liburd’s opening line pulls you into a compelling fantasy tale that is both gritty and tense, set in a world where magic flows just beneath the surface of everyday life.                   – Barnes and Noble


It’s often difficult and complex, but it’s also very much worth spending some time with. A great read!                    – Quick Sip Reviews


Tonya Liburd shares a birthday with Simeon Daniel and Ray Bradbury, which may tell you a little something about her. She is a 2017 and 2018 Rhysling nominee, and has been longlisted in the 2015 Carter V. Cooper(Vanderbilt)/Exile Short Fiction Competition. Her fiction is used in Nisi Shawl’s workshops as an example of ‘code switching’, and in Tananarive Due’s course at UCLA. She is the Senior Editor of Abyss & Apex magazine. You can find her blogging at, on Twitter at @somesillywowzer, or on Patreon at

Read “Bootleg Jesus” for free at Diabolical Plots.

Ecology of Story: World as Character by Nina Munteanu

Ecology of Story: World as Character is the 3rd guidebook in SF Canada member Nina Munteanu‘s acclaimed “how to write” series for novice to professional writers. Learn the fundamentals of ecology, insights of world-building, and how to master layering-in of metaphoric connections between setting and character.

Praise for The Fiction Writer, Book 1 of this series:

The Fiction Writer is at the top of the required reading list for my Writer’s Workshop students. With its engagingly direct, conversational style and easily accessible format, it is a veritable cornucopia of hands-on help for aspiring writers of any age…the quintessential guidebook for the soon-to-be-published. –Susan McLemore, Writing Instructor, Glynn Academy

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist / limnologist and internationally published author of award-nominated speculative novels, short stories and non-fiction. She currently teaches writing at the University of Toronto and George Brown College. Her non-fiction book Water Is…–a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist–was recently picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’. Her latest novel, A Diary in the Age of Water, will be released by Inanna Publications in 2020.

See an excerpt on Nina’s website and be sure to purchase Ecology of Story: World as Character soon!

2019 Sunburst Award Longlist!

Two SF Canada members are on the Sunburst longlist for 2019. The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastika published during the previous calendar year.

Edward Willett‘s Worldshaper [Penguin Random House Canada] is in the Young Adult novel category. One of Saskatchewan’s most prolific authors, Edward has published more than 60 books of science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction for children, teens and adults.  Willett also hosts The Worldshapers podcast, which focuses on the creative processes of other fantasy and science fiction writers.

Dominik Parisien’s “The River Street Witch” [Alice Unbound, Exile Editions] is in the Short Story category. Dominik is the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of Robots vs Fairies, and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award. He also co-edited Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Dominik’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Quill & Quire, The Fiddlehead, Exile: The Literary Quarterly, as well as other magazines and anthologies. His latest publication is a poetry chapbook, We, Old Young Ones. He is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

The Sunburst Award official shortlist will be announced in late June, and winners will be announced in the fall of 2019.