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Ian Colford

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Ian Colford is a fiction writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His stories, reviews, and commentary have appeared in many Canadian literary publications and in journals published online. From 1995 to 1998 he was editor of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio. From 1994 to 2000, and again from 2015-2016, he served on the executive board of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. He has completed residencies at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers and Yaddo, the artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. Evidence, a collection of short fiction, was published in 2008 by Porcupine’s Quill, and won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award; Evidence was also shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, The Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize and the ReLit Award. The Crimes of Hector Tomas, a novel, was published by Freehand Books in 2012 and won Trade book of the Year at the 2013 Alberta Book Awards. Perfect World, a novella, was published by Freehand in 2016. In 2019 A Dark House and Other Stories was published by Nimbus Publishing under their Vagrant Press imprint. 

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Evidence. Porcupine's Quill, 2008
The Crimes of Hector Tomas. Freehand Books, 2012
Perfect World. Freehand Books, 2016
A Dark House and Other Stories. Nimbus Publishing, 2019


Margaret & John Savage First Book Prize for Evidence, 2009
Alberta Book Awards Trade Book of the Year for The Crimes of Hector Tomas, 2013
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