The Sunburst Award Committee announced that they have moved into the digital age. Starting with the 2015 awards, they will accept e-book versions of submissions as well as print ones. The Sunburst Awards have set up a page on their website where publishers will be able to go to upload their e-book files and where the jurors can download them to their e-readers. They are now open to submissions of books published in 2014 for consideration for the 2015 award.
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, 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, and of $500 for the short story category. All three awards are presented with the distinctive Sunburst medallion. The awards are presented in the fall of each year.