Ian Colford is a fiction writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His stories, reviews, and commentary have been widely published in print and online. From 1995 to 1998 he was editor of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio. He has served on the Steering Committee of One Book Nova Scotia, the board of directors of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and the board of the Atlantic Book Awards Society. He has completed residencies at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers and Yaddo, an artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, New York, and is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop.
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. A novel, The Crimes of Hector Tomás, followed in 2012. Published by Freehand Books, it won Trade Book of the Year at the 2013 Alberta Book Awards. Perfect World was published by Freehand in 2016 and shortlisted in the book design category at the 2017 Alberta Book Publishing Awards. In 2019 A Dark House, a collection of short fiction, was published under the Vagrant Press imprint of Nimbus Publishing and subsequently shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Prize in Short Fiction, the Miramichi Reader “Very Best” Books, and the Relit Awards.
A new collection of short fiction, Witness, is scheduled to be published in spring 2023 by Porcupine’s Quill.
In 2022 his novel, The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard, won the Guernica Prize and will be published by Guernica Editions in 2023.
Short story collection Evidence published by Porcupine’s Quill (04/2008)
Novel The Crimes of Hector Tomás published by Freehand Books (10/2012)
Novel Perfect World published by Freehand Books (05/2016)
Short story collection A Dark House and other stories published by Vagrant Press (09/2019)AWARDS
Winner of the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (2009 Atlantic Book Awards); ‘Evidence’