Cheryl Skory Suma

Cheryl has a Masters of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology and a B.Sc. in Honors Psychology. Over her twenty-five year career as a child-teen SLP therapist and then as a CEO/entrepreneur, Cheryl always enjoyed bringing creativity and story-telling into her daily work and interactions.

After selling the Canadian health care company she founded, Cheryl was able to return full-time to her first love, writing. Cheryl launched her writing career with a YA fantasy novel, Habitan, which made the Longlist of the 2019 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards. Her second novel, gods Playground, advanced to the Semifinals of the 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition.

While she enjoys the challenge of crafting a full novel, she also creates poetry, short fiction, flash and creative nonfiction pieces. She began submitting her work to journals, magazines and competitions in 2018. Her poetry has placed in competitions and appeared in both online and print publications in the US and UK. Her short stories, flash and creative nonfiction work have placed in contests hosted by journals in Canada, the US, and UK, with publication of her entries online and in print.

She is currently working on sequels to both her novels, as well as a short story collection (and more flash!). She also presents as a guest author/speaker on a variety of topics to schools and book clubs. In her spare time, Cheryl is a passionate chef who enjoys experimenting and discovering new recipes, as well as a horrible gardener (although she still loves cooking with fresh herbs from her struggling veggie garden each summer).

*To learn more about Cheryl, check out her Blog on her Reflections Page.

Book/Novel Competition Placements (see Novels page for novel reviews, synopsis) & Publications in other collections

  1. Longlist, 2019 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards (for Habitan).

  2. Semifinalist, 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition (for gods Playground).

  3. Contributor, Blank Spaces Just Words Anthology, 2020 (Flash FIction piece)

Short Story & Flash Fiction Competition Placements

  1. Gold Medal Winner, March 2020 Blank Spaces Flash Fiction Contest-Write Prompt Challenge (Quarterly)

  2. Longlist, Pulp Literature, 2020 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

  3. Honorable Mention, Spider Road Press 2020 Spider Web Flash Fiction Prize

  4. Finalist, Exposition Review, Flash 405 (April) 2020

  5. Longlist, Pulp Literature, 2020 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest

  6. Shortlist, Fall 2019 Blank Spaces Flash Fiction Contest-Write Prompt Challenge (Quarterly)

  7. Shortlist, Spring 2019 Blank Spaces Flash Fiction Contest-Write Prompt Challenge (Quarterly)

Creative Nonfiction Competition Placements & Publications

  1. Finalist, Longridge Review Barnhill Prize for Creative Nonfiction - 2020

  2. Semifinalist, Ruminate Magazine - 2019 Vandermey Nonfiction Prize

  3. Shortlist, Hippocampus Magazine- 2019 'Remember in November' Contest for Creative Nonfiction

  4. (Publication announcement pending )

Poetry Competition Placements & Publications

  1. Finalist, Public Poetry, Enough Anthology 2019 Poetry Contest

  2. Shortlist, 2019 Erbacce Prize for Poetry

  3. Publication- La Piccioletta Barca (Issue 12 & Issue 16)

  4. Publication pending- will post once permitted