Susan Forest

Three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist, Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and is an Aurora-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media Groups. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, the first in a seven-volume YA epic fantasy series, the Addicted to Heaven Saga, will be out Spring 2019 from Laksa Media, followed by Flights of Marigolds (2019). Her young adult fantasy, The Dragon Prince, won the Children’s Book Choice Award. She has published over twenty-five short stories in Canada and the United States. Her works have appeared in Asimov’s Science FictionAnalog Science Fiction and Fact, OnSPEC Magazine, three of the Tesseracts anthologies, AE Science Fiction Review, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the Aurora-winning Blood and Water, among others. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers 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, and Strangers Among Us for Laksa Media Groups won the Aurora for 2017. The second in Laksa Media’s social issues anthology series, The Sum of Us, was released in 2017 and Shades Within Us is forthcoming in 2018. She has appeared as a panelist at a number of science fiction and fantasy Conventions: World Science Fiction conventions in Denver, Montreal, Reno, Chicago, Spokane, and Kansas City, World Fantasy Conventions in Calgary, Columbus, San Diego, Toronto, Washington, DC,  and Saratoga, and several smaller conventions (Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, 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 past 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 regular 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 daughter Holly works as an artist at the Banff Center for Creative Arts, while Amy is studying at 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 SF 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

Prix Aurora Award, 2017, Winner, “Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts,” Laksa Media, August, 2016

Book Publishers of Alberta Award, 2017, Winner, “Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts,” Laksa Media, August, 2016

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Susan,

    nice meeting you at the Marty Chan workshop, sorry to rush along. “The Right Chemistry” is cute and ambitious as well. Nicely done!


    Thank your for submitting your nominations for the Prix Aurora Awards for works in 2010. You will receive an email listing your nominations for your records.

    Short Story 1
    The Right Chemistry; Susan Forest; ONSPEC Magazine, Summer 2010


  2. Susan

    Thanks, Derek – sorry to be slow to get back to you; I missed your comment when I looked earlier. Great to meet you! I’m sure our paths will cross again!


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  4. Vanessa Goerzen

    Hi Ms. Forest,

    I was wondering if you are available to speak to elementary school students about the writing process? Please send me an email if it is something you are able to do and I can give you more detail about my class.


  5. Hi Susan,

    I’m up in Dawson, Yukon Territory, CA, and just got your name from Dawne Mitchell at the Jack London cabin (I understand you were here recently). Wonder if we could chat sometime about your great great? uncle? Alex MacDonald. Am working on a children’s book about Jack London in the Klondike Gold Rush. I’ll be back in Vermont next week.

    All the best,



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  7. Hello Susan:
    Pages on Kensington is the onsite bookstore for the upcoming Calgary Teachers’ Convention.

    I am writing to you to determine if there are any books you will be recommending in your Feb 14/13 Calgary Teachers Convention presentation that Pages could bring in for the onsite bookstore. Will you be citing any of your books? Or do you have some you will be recommending?

    If you will be recommending some of your own works could you tell me the titles and whether you would be interested in Pages setting up a signing session?

    Thanks so much

    Sharon McLeay

    Pages on Kensington
    1135 Kensington Road NW
    Calgary, AB T2N 3P4
    (403) 283-6655


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  10. Hi Susan
    I spoke with you a couple of times during yesterday’s craft sale and admired your art and your writing. Thought I would send along my website so you could read and see some of the interests in my past and present.
    Best wishes for continuing success in your creative life.

    Tim Johnston


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