Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield is a fiction writer and journalist. Her Shakespearean fantasy novella was published in 2016 by Abaddon Books. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod and elsewhere. She is represented by Jennie Goloboy. Until 2015, she was the opinion editor of the Ottawa Citizen. She has a master of journalism from Carleton University and an honours degree in political science from the University of Ottawa.


The Course of True Love, a Monstrous Little Voices novella, Abaddon Books, 2016.

The Wedding of Snow, Earth and Salt,” in Podcastle, Jan. 1, 2016.

This Is the Humming Hour” in Daily Science Fiction, July 3, 2015.

“Skullduggers” in Postscripts to Darkness 6. May 2015.

Isabelle the Stupendous” in Daily Science Fiction, March 3, 2015.

Limestone, Lye and the Buzzing of Flies” in Strange Horizons, Feb. 16, 2015. 

“‘I’m lonely: Immune to Apraxia, Toronto doctor refuses to give up on a cure” in Daily Science Fiction, Jan. 28, 2015.

Born on a Glumday” in Daily Science Fiction, Dec. 4, 2014.

Hairbrush, Socks, Pencils, Orange” in Flash Fiction Online, Dec. 1, 2014. 

Bonsaiships of Venus,” in Lackington’s issue 4 , 2014 (reprinted at GlitterShip)

The Semaphore Society” in Crossed Genres, “Typical” issue, Sept. 1, 2014. (reprinted at Escape Pod)

Cattail Heart” in Daily Science Fiction, Aug. 29, 2014

“Traveller, Take Me” in On Spec, Summer 2014 (reprinted at Podcastle)

Their Dead So Near” in Issue 1 of Lackington’s, Feb. 13, 2014.

The Dentist’s Apprentice”  in the Winter 2013 issue of Spellbound.

“Six Aspects of Cath Baduma” in Postscripts to Darkness 4, Oct. 2013.

For Sale by Owner” in Daily Science Fiction, Aug. 2. 2013. 

Word for Word” in Waylines Magazine, Issue 3, May 2013. 

A Pair of Ragged Claws” in Black Treacle, issue 2, April 2013.

“We Take Care of Our Own” in Blood and Water, edited by Hayden Trenholm, from Bundoran Press, August 2012.

Awards and Memberships

RESULTS Canada Media award for column-writing, 2007

Active member of SFWA.

Related Experience

Kate is a mentor/editor for The OpEd Project and Informed Opinions, where she provides writers with feedback and advice on their opinion writing. She is a former board member of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, where she continues to be a regular host and moderator. She's been a panelist and moderator at several science fiction and fantasy conventions, including two WorldCons. As opinion editor of a daily newspaper, she frequently gave speeches and presentations about opinion writing to classes, non-profit organizations, academics and writers' groups.

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