Hayden Trenholm is a produced playwright and published author. His plays have been produced Alberta and Saskatchewanand on CBC radio. In 1993, his play, Man of No Name, was a finalist in the Theatre BC play competition and, in 1994, he won the 28th Alberta Playwriting Completion with The Book of Rose. In addition to six stage plays he wrote and acted in over forty five interactive murder mysteries for Pegasus Performances, appearing across western Canada and, even, in Las Vegas.
Hayden Trenholm’s short fiction has appeared in On Spec, TransVersions, Tesseracts6. Neo-Opsis, Challenging Destiny, Talebones, Gaslight Grimoire and on CBC radio. His short stories, "The Luck of Willie Lumen," "Like Monsters of the Deep" and "Lumen Essence" were nominated for an Aurora Award (Canada's SF Awards) in 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively. In 2008, after a record fourth consecutive short iction nomination, he won the Aurorafor his novella, "Like Water in the Desert." In 2011, he once again won an Aurora for his short story, “The Burden of Fire.”
His first novel, A Circle of Birds, was published by Anvil Press. His novel, Defining Diana, was released by Bundoran Press in 2008 and was nominated for an Aurora Award in the long fiction category. The second and third books of the series, Steel Whispers (2009) and Stealing Home(2010) also received Aurora nominations. Stealing Home was a finalist in the 2011 Sunburst Award. He edited a short fiction anthology, Blood and Water, for Bundoran Press. It was launched at When Words Collide in Calgary in August 2012 and won the Aurora Award in 2013 for Best Related Work. In 2013, a french language version of A Circle of Birds was published by Les Allusifs. In 2014 he edited Strange Bedfellows, an anthology of political science fiction, subsequently also nominated for an Aurora Award. In 2015, he joined forces with Michael Rimar to edit Second Contacts, which won the Aurora Award for Best Related Work. In 2016, he and Mike edited a new anthology, Lazarus Risen.
In December 2012, Hayden purchased Bundoran Press and became its managing editor.
Over the years, Hayden has taught writing at the University of Calgary, the Alexandra Writing Centre, several public libraries and at the University of Northern BC. He is a frequent participant as Science Fiction conventions across Canada and in 2012 was Author Guest of Honour at CanCon in Ottawa. He returned to CanCon as Editor Guest of Honour in 2013. In 2014 he taught a two-day Master Class in writing in Yellowknife and in June of the same year returned to Yellowknife as a guest of the NorthWords writing festival. He provides professional mentoring and editing advice to a number of students.
He lives with his wife and fellow writer, Elizabeth, in Ottawa where he provides policy advice to the Senator for the Northwest Territories.