Glenna anne Turnbull  

People often ask me --- are you a writer or a photographer?

The answer is, I’m both.

As a photographer, I aim to capture images that tell a story. When I write, I strive to craft narratives that ignite a reader’s imagination, creating freeze-framed moments, clear as a picture.

My short fiction has appeared in Prism International, Riddle Fence, The New Quarterly, Room of One's Own, Cliterature, and Luna Station Quarterly along with several other lesser known print and online publications.

I was the 2023 winner of the Jacob Zilber Short Fiction Prize with Prism and my winning story has been selected to appear in the upcoming annual Best Canadian Short Stories 2025 anthology, due out November 2024 by Biblioasis Press.

I was shortlisted and received Honourable Mention for both the 2018 Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award and Event magazine's 2019 Let  Your Hair Down speculative fiction contest

My CNF has been read on CBC radio and featured in HomeMakers, Okanagan Life and Reflex. I had my own column covering the arts for close to 15 years with Kelowna Daily Courier and Kelowna Capital News.

I earned a BA from UBC majoring in ENG/CRWR by doing one course per semester while raising two children as a single, self-employed parent.

I live in a wildfire zone in the Canadian province of British Columbia on the unceded territory of the Sylix and Okanagan People and I have signed with Breakwater Books to publish my debut novel, due out early 2026.

My photography clients have ranged from professional ballet, opera and theatre companies to Scotia Bank and Cirque du Soleil. For many years I did dance school photography and shot over 60 weddings before realizing I just didn’t have the stamina to do them anymore. My photographs have graced the pages of dozens of magazines across the country and around the world, and been featured in programmes, posters, billboards, calendars and books.

I also work as a stained glass artist and you can find my stained glass website here at:


if a picture can paint a thousand words,

what kind of image can a thousand words create?