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Sam Shelstad lives in Toronto, Ontario. His second novel, The Cobra and the Key, will be published in October of 2023 by Brindle & Glass. He is the author of the novel Citizens of Light (Brindle & Glass, 2022) and short story collection Cop House (Nightwood Editions, 2017). His stories have appeared in The New Quarterly, Joyland, Prism International, Carousel, The Puritan, Grain, The FiddleheadThe Feathertale Review, The Dalhousie Review, Taddle Creek, and The Rusty Toque. He was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize, a runner up for the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize, and a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His work was featured in Joyland’s “best of” anthology, Retro 4. He contributes to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.


Sam is represented by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency