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2018 Sunburst Awards Call for Submissions

Attention Publishers and Authors! 

Submissions of 2017 works for the 2018 award are now being accepted. 

The Sunburst Awards Society brings together every year a varying panel of distinguished jurors to select the best full length work of literature of the fantastic written by a Canadian in both Adult and Young Adult categories. 2018 is also the third year for our short fiction award, for the best short fiction written by a Canadian.

Full submission requirements for all categories are found at

Interested publishers and authors are asked to submit entries as early as possible, to provide this year’s jurors sufficient time to read each work. The cut-off date for submissions is January 31, 2018; books and stories received after that date will not be considered.

The Sunburst Awards has added a short story award category last year. Short stories published in anthologies, magazines or collections or online all qualify. Please go to for more information and the upload link for submissions.

Authors: It's free to submit, and your publishers may not have already done so.

Publishers: If you have submitted a collection for the novel length award already, please send us a note to to let us know which of the stories included qualify (see below) for the short story award. You may submit stories which qualify from magazines or anthologies you have published as well. To submit these, please upload the individual story files from the link provided.

The Sunburst Awards will consider short fiction (up to 7,500 words.) for the short story award. Submissions are made electronically using our submission system for short form works and must be in either Word document or pdf format only. You will be asked to provide details of where the work was originally published along with the date and story length. All works must have been previously published in 2017. *See additional criteria on our submissions page.

*Please include only one story per upload file.
*Do not submit a complete magazine or anthology. 
*Non paying markets qualify.
*Short stories have only one year of eligibility.
*There is no administrative fee for short form submissions.
*Deadline for submissions is Midnight Eastern Standard Time on January 31, 2018.

For further information, please contact us at