Rich Larson - 2012 CZP/Rannu Fund Winner:
Rich Larson was born in West Africa, has studied in Rhode Island, and now writes in Edmonton, Alberta, where he was recent runner-up for the 2013 Dell Awards and recipient of the 2012 Grant MacEwan Creative Writing Scholarship. In 2011 his cyberpunk novel Devolution was a finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. His short work has received honourable mention from Writers of the Future and appears in or is forthcoming in Lightspeed, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, Isotropic Fiction, and many others. His self-published spec-fic can be found at Amazon.com/author/richlarson.
Craig Davidson is the author of Rust and Bone, The Fighter, Sarah Court and the upcoming Cataract City. Rust and Bone recently turned into a film starring Marion Cotillard.
Caitlin Sweet's third novel, The Pattern Scars, was published by ChiZine Publications in fall 2011. After a nail-biting voting period, it won a CBC Bookie Award in the Science Fiction, Fantasy or Speculative Fiction category. It was also nominated for the Aurora and Sunburst Awards. Her two previous fantasy novels were both published by Penguin long ago; they were nominated for things too. When not writing, (which, sadly, is most of the time), Caitlin is an administrative assistant with the Ontario Government and a genre writing workshop instructor at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies.
Fiction Tie-Breaking Judge, Cory Doctorow:
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger - the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of young adult novels like Pirate Cinema and Little Brother, and novels adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London.
F.J. Bergmann - 2012 CZP/Rannu Fund Winner:
FJ. Bergmann writes poetry and speculative fiction, often simultaneously. She has no academic literary qualifications, but hangs out a lot with people who do. Publications where her work has appeared include Asimov's Science Fiction, Eschatology, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, and a bunch of regular literary journals that should have known better. She is the editor of Star Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and the poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She attended Viable Paradise in 2008 and is the author of chapbooks Out of the Black Forest, Constellation of the Dragonfly, Aqua Regia, and Sauce Robert. One of her pseudopodia can reach all the way from the bedroom to the refrigerator. She frequents Wisconsin and fibitz.com
Marge Simon's works appear in publications such as Strange Horizons, Niteblade, DailySF Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, Dreams and Nightmares. She edits a column for the HWA Newsletter and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She has won the Strange Horizons Readers' Choice Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Rhysling Award and the Dwarf Stars Award. Collections: Like Birds in the Rain, Unearthly Delights, The Mad Hattery, Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls, and Dangerous Dreams. She is a Member of HWA, SFWA, and SFPA.
Halli Villegas is the author of three collections of poetry, Red Promises, In the Silence Absence Makes, and The Human Cannonball, a book of short ghost stories, The Hairwreath and Other Stories, and was the co-deitor of the anthologies Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing and In the Dark: Tales of the Supernatural. Her work has appeared in many anthologies including Chilling Tales 2, The White Collar Anthology, Bad Seed and Girls Who Bite Back. She has also appeared in numerous magazines such as CNQ, The LRC and Variety Crossings. Halli has received funding for her writing through grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. She is also the publisher of Tightrope Books, which has published 61 books to date, including the acclaimed yearly anthologies of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, and The Best Canadian Essays.
Poetry Tie-Breaking Judge, Neil Gaiman:
Neil Gaiman is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. His latest work is a novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, available in June, 2013.