Nicholas Ruddock is a Canadian physician and writer. He has worked in Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon Territory, Montreal, and Ontario. He is married to the artist Cheryl Ruddock, and they have four children. After being published in the Letters section of the Times Literary Supplement (regarding Borges and Nabokov), he began to submit work to literary journals in 2002.
In short fiction, he has won the Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize 2005, Grain Postcard Prize 2006, Bridport Prize (UK) in Flash Fiction 2013, CVC Exile Prize 2015, Bridport Short Story Prize 2017. He has been shortlisted for Bridport in 2014, London Sunday Times Short Story Award 2016, and the Circus Berlin Short Story Award in 2020.
In poetry, he has placed second in The Antigonish Review 2002 and The Fiddlehead 2003, their annual contests.
His first novel, The Parabolist (Doubleday Canada) 2010, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. His second novel, Night Ambulance (Breakwater) 2016 was a finalist in the Indie Next Generation Awards.
A short story collection, How Loveta Got Her Baby, was published by Breakwater in 2014. One of those stories, How Eunice Got Her Baby, appeared in The Journey Prize Anthology 2007, and the Canadian Film Centre made a film adaptation narrated by Gordon Pinsent, directed by Ana Valine.
He has also been published in Canada in Brick Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, The Antigonish Review, Fiddlehead, Prism International, Grain, sub-Terrain, Event, and Exile. In England, in The Bridport Anthology. In Northern Ireland, Irish Pages. In Ireland, The Fish Anthology.
Last Hummingbird West of Chile, a novel, is forthcoming in 2021.