Who We Are

Kate Heartfield was a columnist and editor for the Ottawa Citizen, the daily newspaper in Canada’s capital, for more than 11 years. She was on the masthead as the editorial pages editor when she left the business in 2015; she was shortlisted for a National Newspaper Award for editorial writing that same year. Kate has been a mentor/editor for The OpEd Project and Informed Opinions for several years. She teaches creative writing online for the Loft Literary Center and journalism at Carleton University. Kate holds a master of journalism degree from Carleton and an honours degree in political science from the University of Ottawa. Her 2018 novel, Armed in Her Fashion, was a finalist for the Crawford Award. She’s a finalist for the 2018 Nebula Awards in two categories: novella (for Alice Payne Arrives) and game writing (for The Road to Canterbury.) She has also published more than 30 short stories, and has been longlisted for the Sunburst Award for short fiction twice.

You can learn more about Kate at her website.

Charlotte Ashley is a writer and editor living in Toronto, Canada. Charlotte specializes in working with indie genre authors, with a particular focus on historical fact-checking. Her past work includes indie novels optioned for film, Amazon.com bestsellers, and a World Fantasy Award nominee. Her experience with genre literature includes two years reviewing short fiction for Apex Magazine, slush reading for Lakeside Circus, and running the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest for the Toronto Public Library. She was the founding editor of PSG Publishing, editing PSG’s first two anthologies, Library of Dreams and Chamber of Music. Charlotte’s fantasy and science fiction short stories have appeared in F&SF, Clockwork Canada, Kaleidotrope, PodCastle, and elsewhere. Her historical fantasy, “La Héron,” was nominated for both the Aurora and Sunburst Awards in 2016. By day, Charlotte is a corporate editor working with some of the world’s biggest publicly-traded companies.

You can find more about Charlotte at www.once-and-future.com or on Twitter @CharlotteAshley.

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Spencer Ellsworth specializes in editing fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction and memoir, and in editing academic work across all fields, especially in APA or Chicago styles. He has been working as a writer, teacher, editor, and in the publishing industry for ten years and is the author of over a dozen pro-published short stories and three novels from Tor. He previously worked answering slush and managing clients at the L. Perkins Agency, screened articles and copyedited the Journal of Educational Controversy, and did editorial work, proofing and copyediting for The Bellingham Review and Lightspeed Magazine, as well as a number of private clients. He is the vice president of Cascade Writers and has served on an advisory board for the Codex Writers Group.  His day job includes teaching composition, developmental education, and creative writing.

You can learn more about Spencer’s work from his website, spencerellsworth.com, or listen to him blather on Twitter @spencimus