Bio & Publication

Susan (Deepam)Wadds

Winner of The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 2016 short prose contest for developing writers, Susan (Deepam) Wadds’ award-winning short fiction and poetry have been featured in literary journals and anthologies, including Room and carte blanche magazines. The first two chapters of her novel, “What the Living Do,” won Lazuli Literary Group’s writing contest, and was published in Azure’s winter 2017 issue.

She leads writing workshops and retreats in Canada and internationally.

A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, Deepam is certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method of writing workshop facilitation.

She is Past President of the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County (WCSC).

  • July 2018: Drive, 2nd place in K. Valerie Memorial Poetry Contest
  • June 2018Once We Were Sad, 1st place in WOW-Women on Writing’s Creative Non-fiction Essay Contest, published in Wow
  • Interview on WOW
  • October 2017: Misconception, 1st place in The Writing District’s September short prose competition, published in The Writing District Magazine
  • Interview with The Writing District 

  • April 2017: The Me of Us, Berlin, 1976 published in Room Magazine, issue 40.2
  • March 2017: What the Living Do (First two chapters) 1st place in Lazuli Literary Group’s writing contest, published in Azure Magazine’s Winter 2017 issue
  • June 2016: Tender Fruit*, 1st place winner in 23rd annual Writers’ Union of Canada’s short prose contest for developing writers.
  • November 2015: Misconception, 1st place winner in Scugog Council for the Arts short prose contest
  • September 2015: Running Shoes, flash fiction challenge winner in The Word Weaver
  • February 2015: Winner, WCYR’s Poetry and Roses contest for In Response
  • May 2014: CanWrite! Short Story Competition runner-up – published in the Canadian Authors Association’s CanWrite! Anthology 2015 –  for Work Boots on Wall Street
  • May 2014 Two short stories: Closing Circle and The Soft One long-listed for the WCDR prose contest, judged by Sarah Selecky.  Both stories are featured in the Renaissance Anthology 2014. To order your copy go to: Renaissance
  • February 2014 CAA Leacock Simcoe Erotic Prose Contest 2nd place winner: Deepam Wadds for Second Coming“This story is a quick glimpse into an experienced lover’s sexual past and present. It leaves nothing to the imagination and uses succinct, well-chosen language to create raw and beautiful visuals of pleasure that seem so within the reader’s reach.”
  • September 2013:  Chicks, 2nd place winner – Flash Fiction World
  • 2013: Finalist, Poetry and Roses competition, with the poem, Ceremony
  • 2013: Runner-up “Freefall Writing Competition” with Still Life with Coconut.
  • 2013: Judge for WCDR’s Amprosia, short prose contest
  • 2012: What’s Left, 1st prize in Whispered Words short prose contest, judged by Antanas Sileika
  • 2012: What’s Left, short story published in Whispered Words Anthology
  • 2012: Received Ontario Arts Council grant through the Writers’ Reserve Program
  • 2012: Received  Writers’ Community of Durham Region grant
  • 2011: Choose the Hammock, short story published in carte blanche literary magazine and submitted to the Journey Prize and Canadian Magazine Awards
  • 2011: 4 short pieces published in Being Unquiet Anthology 

*Of Tender Fruit, the jury noted: 

  • A writer who knows the power of show rather than tell. There’s gorgeous writing here, especially the human imagery the writer uses to describe the peach trees that Ditch and Allie must destroy because of the closing of their local canning plant. The pain Allie feels at ripping apart what seems to be an extension of herself is made real through compelling images.
  • Brilliant. This story imparts a terrifying truth of loss. Beauty and compassion in the portrayal of this couple’s struggle. The story soars.

Here’s what the judge of the Whispered Words contest, Antanas Sileika, had to say about What’s Left: “This heartbreaking story of loss is written with restraint and intelligence and contains within it a kind of mathematical puzzle that one is tempted to decipher, although that may not be possible. Utterly devoid of sentimentality, the story invites the reader to put herself in the position of the narrator and imagine the strangeness of loss and character transformation that a physical affliction might cause.” Order your copy of Whispered Words on the WCDR website using PayPal.

Interview with Dale Long from Inkstroke’s Blog: The Author’s Voice

Interview with WCDR’s Heather O’Connor

carte blanche requested from its contributors their 2011 reading favorites.

Deepam Susan Wadds, author of Choose the Hammock

The stack beside my bed grows taller every week, which is my way of saying that most of the books I read this year were published long before 2011 or even 2010. For instance, I am in the process of reading Yann Martell’s Self, published several years ago.

Two more recent books stand out for me, however. One is Shadow Tag, by Louise Erdrich, a literary novel about a woman who keeps two notebooks: one for the prying eyes of her husband, the other just for herself. One of the aspects I found most intriguing about this book is that the reader does not know who the narrator is until the end. I loved the lush sensuous detail, the complexity of the characters, and the discomfort I felt at having such an intimate experience of how this alcoholic couple used one another. The other literary novel I enjoyed was Steven Heighton’s Every Lost Country. I got the sense that the author created these characters and then imagined the most dramatic and intense situation to put them in to see what they would do, and then followed them around. I admire his deft handling of character, landscape, sexual tension, and the political climate of Tibet and China.