WINNER of the 2022 ReLit Awards (Short Fiction)
Finalist for the 2022 Trillium Book Awards 
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“What a strange surprising delight this collection was… at once untenable and grotesquely beautiful.” 


– Heather O’Neill, author of When We Lost Our Heads


Sydney Hegele (they/them) is a fiction author, poet, and essayist from small town Southern Ontario.

They are the author of The Pump (Invisible Publishing 2021), a National Indie Bestseller, winner of the 2022 ReLit Literary Award for Short Fiction and a finalist for the 2022 Trillium Book Award, and the author of the poetry chapbook The Last Thing I Will See Before I Die (845 Press 2022).

Their novel Bird Suit, a lakeside gothic & queer folktale, told through myths, conjecture, witness, and belief, which explores intergenerational trauma, faith, mental health, and intimacy in all its forms, is forthcoming from Invisible Publishing in Spring 2024.

Their essay collection Bad Kids, about their experience of Dissociative Identity Disorder through a pop culture lens, will be edited by award-winning memoirist Alicia Elliot and is forthcoming from Invisible Publishing in Fall 2025. 

They live with their husband and French Bulldog on Treaty 13 Land (Toronto, Canada), the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. 

Sydney's writing often explores rural queerness, intergenerational trauma, environmental justice, mental illness, religious life, and the complicated relationships between these things. Sydney's essays have been published in Catapult and Electric Literature, and featured by Lithub, The Poetry Foundation, and Psychology Today. They are on faculty at the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop in Denver, Co, where they teach craft workshops for both the Adult and Youth programs. 

Sydney currently serves as fiction editor of The Temz Review and a fiction and poetry reader for The Boston Review. They are a former Western University Student-Writer-in-Residence, a former Emerging Artist-in-Residence at the TAP Centre for Creativity in London, Ontario, and a former fiction editor of Patchwork Literary Magazine at the University of Iowa. Sydney received their Honors degree in English Language & Literature and Creative Writing at Western University, and they are an Alumnus of both the Tin House Summer Workshop and the Lighthouse Advanced Writer’s Workshop with Sheila Heti.

A member of the Writer’s Union of Canada, Sydney has taught fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and publishing workshops for both adults and youth through Western University, Leading Word, The Conference of Independent Teachers of English, Kings College, Community Craft Classes, Pride London, and many others. 

Sydney's poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction work have been published in American Chordata, The Quarantine Review, and others. Their short story "The Bottom" was shortlisted for The Malahat Review 2020 Open Season Awards.



Invisible Publishing, 2021


845 Press, 2022


Invisible Publishing, 2024


Invisible Publishing, 2025



“The Great Iconoclast”, EVENT Magazine, 2023 (Forthcoming) 

Unnamed Essay, Xtra Magazine, December 2022 (Forthcoming) 

"Reading Stephen King’s ‘It’ As a Child Confused My Sense of Justice" Catapult, Fall 2022 

"I Can’t Separate My Writing and My Diagnosis", Electric Literature, 2022  

"I Thought I’d Never Find Love After My DID Diagnosis", Catapult , July 2022 

"Memento", River River Journal, Issue 7, 2018 


“Dirt Mouth”, Room Magazine, 2023 (Forthcoming)

"La Gelure (or Frostbite)", Holiday Exclusive, Invisible Publishing, December 2021 

The Pump, Invisible Publishing, September 2021

"Mal Aux Dents (Or Toothache)", American Chordata 10, 2020

"Life-Giver", Thorn Literary Magazine, Summer 2020 

"Pelargonia", The Gateway Review, Volume 4 Issue 1, 2018 
"Vellum", Coffin Bell , 2018

"Giraffes Don't Like The Cold", Occasus Literary Journal, Issue 6, 2016


The Last Thing I Will See Before I Die, 845 Press, Fall 2022 (Forthcoming) 

"The Last Thing I Will See Before I Die", The Portland Review, February 2022

5G Venus", The Quarantine Review, 2021 

Liberty", Synaeresis Magazine, Harmonia Press, 2019 

"Jodie or How to be a Londoner", ​The Temz Review, Winter 2019
"re: cam show", The Temz Review, Winter 2019 
"Vega", The Temz Review, Winter 2019 

"Magic", The Temz Review, Winter 2019 

"Scratched CD", The Temz Review, Winter 2019 

"Band-aids" and other poems, Symposium, 2017

"Horses", Iconoclast PLASTOS, Fall 2017


"Baby", Occasus, 2017 




Upcoming Events

  • Lit Live Reading Series
    Thu, Dec 01
    The AGH is proud to host this long -standing reading series featuring the best Canadian writers of fiction, poetry and non-fiction from around the country reading from their latest books.
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Mar 28
    In this spring writing camp, students of all skill levels will learn how to write through their anxieties surrounding climate change and create fiction, poetry, and CNF that illuminates our current moment and contributes to a worldwide climate conversation.


**A Note: Please only send requests to Cassie Mannes Murray until the end of 2022. My new agent's contact information will be provided below in January 2023. If you have a request over the holidays, please send it to sydneyhegele[at]gmail[dot]com**


Cassie Mannes Murray (She/Her)
Literary Agent | Howland Literary Agency

Please contact Cassie Mannes Murray for the following:

  • Media Requests (podcasts, published interviews, etc.) 

  • Blurb Requests 

  • Fiction or essay commissions

  • Speaking engagements 

  • Rights & Permissions for Bird Suit and Bad Kids (foreign literary, film/TV, audiobook)

Rights & Permissions for The Pump

Norm Nehmetallah (He/Him)
Publisher | Invisible Publishing

Press & Events for The Pump

Julie Wilson (They/Them)
Media Specialist | Invisible Publishing

Please note that I do not respond to any blurb requests, rights inquiries, interview requests, or literary event requests through my social media DMs/PMs or through my personal email. Please send your inquiry to either Cassie, Norm, or Julie depending on the nature of your request, and they will contact me with any required information. If you are unsure which of them to send your request to, please contact Cassie Mannes Murray.