About Susan Forest

Susan Forest

Three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist, Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and a 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 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 finalists for the Prix Aurora Award.

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.

Susan is a member of CAFE (Calgary Association of Freelance Editors). Technicolor Ultramall, a book she edited for Edge Press, was a finalist for the Prix Aurora Award in 2013. Her most recent 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, Vancouver, Toronto). 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 Grants Liaison. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Susan teaches for the Alexandra Writers’ Centre (the novel courses, the speculative fiction course and weekend-intensive courses) and presents annually at the Calgary Young Writers’ Festival.

Susan is a visual artist, focusing on acrylic paintings on canvas and specializing in Western Canadian landscapes, as well as speculative fiction paintings. Susan works both from photographs and from imagination to create a wide variety of moods, themes, and colours in her art. Her work has appeared at the Calgary Stampede Western Art Gallery and Calyx Distinctive Arts.

Susan is 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.

For a full list of Susan’s published works, see Publications.

2014 – Finalist – Prix Aurora Award – “The Gift.” Urban Green Man, Summer 2013.

2012 – Finalist – Prix Aurora Award – “Turning It Off.” Analog, December 2011.

2011 – Winner – The Galaxy Project – “Lucy.” Juried by Robert Silverberg, David Drake and Barry Malzberg. Rosetta Books, November 2011.

2010 – Notable Online Story Finalist – StorySouth Million Writers Award – “Orange.” AE SR Review, December 2010.

2009 – Finalist – Prix Aurora Award – “Back.” Analog, June 2008.

2005 – Second Place – Robin Herrington Short Story Contest, “Immunity.” In Places Between, 2005.

1990 – Winner – Children’s Choice Book Award, The Dragon Prince. Gage Educational Publishing, 1990.

8 thoughts on “About Susan Forest

  1. Lauren

    I am looking for a editor to speak with about their career, since I am considering that area. Would you be willing to talk with me for 30 minutes?

  2. Hi Susan,
    My name is Emily Aalbers and I am the Alumni Relations Specialist for the Faculty of Arts. I am hoping to invite you to an upcoming reception for the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program, but I don’t seem to have your email on file. If this is something you would potentially be interested in attending please pass along your contact information.
    I would also love to feature you in our alumni profiles project created in partnership with the Faculty of Arts Students’ Union representatives. Examples of this project can be found on our website.
    I hope you have a great day and I look forward to hearing from you!
    Emily Aalbers
    Alumni Relations Specialist, Faculty of Arts

  3. Bonjour Susan! I am looking forward to connecting with you at WWC in August. I am so impressed by your writing biography. Bravo! You have done so much! I was principal of King George when you were principal of Highwood. I am guessing you are also retired now. I have been retired for two years and am now pursuing writing full-time, as well as travelling and enjoying life in general. I have also taken up painting, with watercolour. It’s great to finally have time to live the dream. In 2013 I self-published my tome, which I worked on for thirty years throughout my whole career as an educator. It was a labour of love entitled Becoming Sand. I am now working on my second novel. I write historical fiction and especially love the research aspect of the work and how much I learn. I guess I never got over my passion for Social Studies. I remember you telling me about your husband’s passion for trains. Mine has the same illness. We have visited nearly every train museum in the world, I think. But there’s always more, I’m sure!

    I’m sure we’ll see each other at the conference. I went to Words in 3D in Edmonton in May and really enjoyed it and benefitted from the experience.

    Hope to see you in August!


  4. Alice Zhang

    Hi Susan,

    We met last Saturday at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society query letter review. I just wanted to thank you again for all the insight and advice you provided, I truly appreciate your time! I hope everything is going well for you, and look forward to perhaps seeing you at an upcoming IFWA meeting or Alexandra Writers’ class.


  5. Shelly

    I am looking for a writer to write an article to be forwarded to the media and posted on social media sites. The story is about Children and Family Services, the perjury they commit to obtain custody of children, the neglect, abuse, alienation and purposeful destruction of children and their lives. Even though children are threatening suicide and are at risk in the care of Cfs, parents cannot get evidence into court for almost a year while the destruction to the child is known, ongoing and ignored. Cfs refuses to allow parents to seek necessary treatment for diagnosed conditions or counselling when the child is suicidal and in a crisis state. As a family mediator and paralegal, every lawyer without exception comments on never having seen a file when Cfs hasn’t lied, the neglect and abuse of children and purposeful destruction it is time for people internationally become aware of the criminal actions of Cfs and how the government in this so called civilize country is torturing children

    • hkosborn

      Dear Shelly, thanks so much for your thoughts. However, Susan Forest is a fiction writer, and she doesn’t solicit or use ideas other people have sent her. Unfortunately she would not be a good fit for your project. You might want to contact a journalist or other non-fiction writer. Good luck.

  6. Michael Bernays, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

    Susan (and her husband, Don) are also excellent ski guides and wonderful volunteer hosts to wandering foreigners at Lake Louise Ski area. They found and adopted us (five Americans skiing across western Canada towards Revelstoke) and took us under their wings at the top of the poma lift. It was delightful to meet them and ski and enjoy a drink afterwards. I look forward to tracking down her work.

    • Susan Forest

      Hey, cool! We had an awesome time as well–so glad we met up with you! Enjoy the rest of your ski holiday!

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