The Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is a unique literary award — not only does it honour individual short stories, rather than novels or full collections, it also spawns the annual, much loved Journey Prize Stories, a collection of the finest pieces of short fiction submitted for consideration for the award. The prize has a unique funding story as well — it is supported by James A. Michener’s donation of his Canadian royalty earnings from his 1998 novel Journey.
Each year, eligible literary journals and magazines across the country choose their favourites of the short stories they've published in the previous year. A jury will then choose the best of these stories for the annual collection, with the three best of those being further selected for the prize's shortlist. Finally, a single story will be selected as the winner, honoured as the best short story published in Canada that year.
This year's jury consists of Kate Cayley, Brian Francis, and Madeleine Thein, who is having a big year in 2016, having been recently nominated for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Man Booker Prize. They selected three stories, published in magazines across the country. The final winner will be announced at a Writers' Trust event on November 2, and will receive $10,000. The year will mark the 28th time the prize has been awarded.
2016 Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize nominees:
- Charlie Fiset (Kenogami Lake, ON) for “If I Ever See the Sun”, published in The Fiddlehead
- Colette Langlois (Edmonton, AB) for “The Emigrants”, published in PRISM international
- J.R. McConvey (Toronto, ON) for “How the Grizzly Came to Hang in the Royal Oak Hotel", published in EVENT
Grace O'Connell is the Contributing Editor for Open Book: Toronto and the author of Magnified World (Random House Canada). She also writes a book column for This Magazine.
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