Two-time Prix Aurora Award nominee and winner of The Galaxy Project, juried by Robert Silverberg, David Drake and Barry Malzberg (Rosetta Books, November, 2011), Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and fiction editor for Edge Press. Her young adult fantasy, the Dragon Prince, was published in 1990, and won the Children’s Book Choice Award in that year. Since that time, she has published over fifteen 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 and Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers Chapmanry Press in the summer of 2012, and her nonfiction has appeared in Legacy Magazine and Alberta Views Magazine.
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 and Adam-Troy Castro. She belongs to three active writers’ groups, and is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
In writing-related activities, Susan is an editor for Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishers and has appeared as a panelist at a number of science fiction and fantasy Conventions: World Science Fiction conventions in Montreal, Reno and Chicago, and World Fantasy Conventions in Calgary, Columbus and San Diego. She has also twice judged the Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, and she contributes to Calgary’s annual literary festival, When Words Collide, as their Affiliates Liaison. Her short stories, “Back” and “Turning It Off” were both finalists for the Prix Aurora Award.
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. Susan’s son, Alec, has presented her with two 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