Winners have been announced for the 2017 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Adult and YA winners receive CA$1,000 (about US$800), while the short story category honoree gets CA$500 (about US$400). This year's Sunburst Award winners are:
Adult: Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey
YA: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier
Short story: "The Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841)" by A.C. Wise
The Windy Season, a debut novel by Sam Carmody, has won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. The judges said, "All at once a mystery, a family drama, and an examination of masculinity and violence, as well as a meditation on Australian coastal landscapes, The Windy Season demands attention and a place in our literary cannon. The language is immersive, the pace relentless. It roars down and batters the senses. It is, in a word, unforgettable."