Three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist, Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and fiction editor for Edge Press. Her young adult fantasy, the Dragon Prince, won the Children’s Book Choice Award. She has published over twenty short stories in Canada and the United States. Her works have appeared in OnSPEC Magazine, In Places Between, Asimov’s Science Fiction, three of the Tesseracts anthologies, AE Science Fiction Review, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Blood and Water, and The Urban Green Man. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers Chapmanry Press, and her nonfiction has appeared in Legacy Magazine, Alberta Views Magazine, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Blog. Her short stories, “Back,” “Turning It Off,” and “The Gift” were nominees for the Prix Aurora Award, and her novella, Lucy, won the Galaxy Project, jurried by Robert Silverberg, David Drake and Barry Malzburg.
Susan has also had the good fortune to study writing with a wide range of luminaries, including Robert J Sawyer, Mike Resnick, Joe and Gaye Haldeman, Nancy Kress, James Alan Gardner, R. Scott Bakker, Dave Wolverton, David B. Coe, Walter Jon Williams, Paoli Baccigalupi, Daniel Abraham, Diana Rowlands, Adam-Troy Castro and Michael Cassutt.
In writing-related activities, Susan is a member of CAFE (Calgary Association of Freelance Editors). Technicolor Ultramall, a book she edited for Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, was a finalist for the Prix Aurora Award in 2013. Her most recent project is Strangers Among Us for Laksa Media Groups. She has appeared as a panelist at a number of science fiction and fantasy Conventions: World Science Fiction conventions in Denver, Montreal, Reno, Chicago and Spokane, World Fantasy Conventions in Calgary, Columbus, San Diego, Toronto, and Washington, DC, and several smaller conventions (Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver). In 2013, Susan judged the Endeavour Award for books published in the Pacific Northwest, and twice judged the Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest in Calgary. She contributes to Calgary’s annual literary festival, When Words Collide, as their Grants Liaison, and is Secretary for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Susan teaches for the Alexandra Writers’ Centre (multi-week novel and speculative fiction courses, and weekend-intensive courses) and presents annually at the Calgary Young Writers’ Festival.
Outside the world of writing, Susan is a visual artist and the mother of four. Her husband writes a monthly column for Alberta’s Rocky Mountain Rail Society News and his non-fiction has appeared in McLean’s Magazine. Her eldest daughter, Heather, is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary, having completed her Masters Degree in Science Fiction Studies at the University of Liverpool; Heather has a number of publications to her credit and is the mother of one. Susan’s son, Alec, has presented her with three wonderful grandsons, and daughters Holly and Amy are currently studying at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and the University of Calgary.
Young Adult Fiction:
The Dragon Prince, Gage Educational Publishing, 1990.
Children’s Choice Book Award, 1990, Winner, The Dragon Prince, Gage, 1990
Robin Herrington Short Story Contest, 2005, second place, “Immunity.” In Places Between, Summer, 2005
Prix Aurora Award, 2009, Finalist, “Back,” Analog, June, 2008
StorySouth Million Writers Award, 2010, Notable Online Story Finalist, “Orange,” AE SR Review, December, 2010
The Galaxy Project, 2011, Winner, “Lucy,” Rosetta Books, November, 2011, Juried by Robert Silverberg, David Drake and Barry Malzberg
Prix Aurora Award, 2012, Finalist, “Turning It Off,” Analog, December, 2011
Prix Aurora Award, 2014, Finalist, “The Gift,” Urban Green Man, Summer, 2013