Kevin Hardcastle is a fiction writer from Simcoe County, Ontario. He studied writing at the University of Toronto and at Cardiff University. Hardcastle was a finalist for the 24th annual Journey Prize in 2012, and his short stories have been published in journals and anthologies internationally, including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, The New Quarterly, Joyland, Shenandoah, The Walrus, The Journey Prize Stories 24 & 26, Best Canadian Stories 15, and Internazionale.
Hardcastle’s debut short story collection, Debris, was published by Biblioasis in fall 2015. Debris won the 2016 Trillium Book Award, the 2016 ReLit Award for Short Fiction, was runner-up for the 2016 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and was a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.
His critically acclaimed novel, In the Cage, was published in 2017, and is available for order now.
In 2018, the novel was published in French translation by Éditions Albin Michel, who also have Debris slated for publication in the near future, under their Terres d’Amérique imprint. In the Cage was published in German translation by Polar Verlag in fall 2019. Film rights have been optioned to Jason Buxton at Festina Lente Productions.
Hardcastle was the fall 2019 Writer-In-Residence at the Toronto Public Library, and is an instructor in short fiction and novel writing at University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.
Hardcastle is represented by Dean Cooke and The Cooke Agency.