“Zee” Shortlisted for The Janet Savage Blachford Prize

The cover of Zee by Su J. Sokol
Many congrats to SF Canada member Su J. Sokol! Xyr novel “Zee” has just been short-listed for The Janet Savage Blachford Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature!
Other books shortlisted this year include “Room for One More” by Monique Polak, “The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life” by Dani Jansen, and “Journal of a Travelling Girl” by Nadine Neema.
To learn more about the prize and its previous winners, see this link: The Janet Savage Blachford Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Augur Magazine Workshops for October

Augur Workshops Masthead
Canada’s Augur Magazine is sponsoring a series of Sunday workshops in October!
  • October 17th, at 2PM EST: Slipping Between The Streams: What Makes Poetry Speculative? hosted by poet Tiffany Morris.
  • October 24th, at 2PM EST: Stronger Stories: Beginnings That Make Impressions – hosted by Arley Sorg, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fantasy Magazine.
  • October 31st, at 3PM EST: Editing Speculative Short Fiction: An Overview – hosted by Andrew Wilmot, co-publisher of Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and an associate/acquisitions editor for Poplar Press.
Workshops will be virtual, and take place through Zoom Meetings.
Participants can register through Eventbrite, with paid ($15 CAD) and PWYC options. Register now: https://www.augurmag.com/augur-workshops/

Call for Submissions: Nothing Without Us, Too

The cover of Nothing Without Us, an anthology of SFF by disabled authors

Submissions are now open for Nothing Without Us Too!
Editors Cait Gordon and Talia Johnson are seeking new speculative fiction from writers across the disability, and neurodiversity spectrums.
Preferred length is 500-3500 words.
This anthology will welcome writers across the disability, mental illness, developmental disabilities, neurodiversity, Blind, and d/Deaf spectrums. Those who manage what are known as “invisible” and “visible” disabilities and/or chronic conditions are also encouraged to submit.

“The lived experiences of those who are disabled, d/Deaf, Blind, Spoonie, neurodivergent, and/or of those who manage mental health are found across all demographics—such as race, culture, financial status, religion, gender, age, and/or sexual orientation. We want to read these stories because diversity is reality, and should be so, even in fantastical or other speculative fiction settings.

Regarding publishing experience, we welcome established, emerging, and brand-new authors! Don’t self-reject. If this is your first time submitting anywhere, that’s fantastic! Whoot!”

See full submission guidelines here:
This submission window will close on January 31, 2022.

Memoriam: Doug Barbour, 1940-2021

an author's photo of Doug Barbour


SF Canada today mourns the loss of Doug Barbour, poet, critic, reviewer and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Alberta.


Barbour was a scholar and man of letters who belonged to many overlapping literary communities; for writers of speculative fiction he was perhaps most notable as president, founder, editor and contributor to Alberta’s NeWest Press.


His passing is an enormous loss to his family and friends, his students and colleagues, and to Canadian Literature as whole.


On September 24, 2021, just days before his death, the Book Publishers Association Of Alberta re-named their Best Speculative Fiction Book of the Year. Henceforth it will be known as the Douglas Barbour Award.


Author Rob McLennan has posted a tribute to Barbour here: https://robmclennan.blogspot.com/…/douglas-barbour…

And there is a brief obituary from NeWest Press here:

Pirating Pups Cover Reveal!

The cover of Pirating Pups, the latest pet-adventure themed anthology from Tyche Books, was released today! A companion volume to last year’s “Swashbuckling Cats” anthology, “Pirating Pups” will be open to submissions from October 1 – November 30, 2021.

See the anthology’s Submission Guidelines page for more details: http://tychebooks.com/pirating-pups