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The Writers' Trust of Canada Announces the 2017 Journey Prize Shortlist

Journey Prize

Today the Writers’ Trust of Canada and McClelland & Stewart shared the longlist for the 2017 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for best short story by an emerging Canadian writer.

Selected by a three-member jury comprising award-winning Canadian writers Kevin Hardcastle, Grace O’Connell, and Ayelet Tsabari (the first two of whom are part of the Open Book team), the entire longlist of twelve stories will be published in The Journey Prize Stories 29, which will be available in bookstores on September 26, 2017. Two writers this year each have more than one story in the collection: Sharon Bala, with "Butter Tea at Starbucks" and "Reading Week" and Richard Kelly Kemick with "The Most Human Part of You" and "The Unitarian Church’s Annual Young Writer’s Short Story Competition". Each of The Malahat Review and The New Quarterly have multiple stories, with three a piece, and BC's PRISM International has two stories. 

The $10,000 Journey Prize itself is the most signifi­cant monetary award given in Canada to a developing writer for a short story or excerpt from a fiction work in progress. The publication that originally published the winning story will also receive a $2,000 prize. 2017 is the 29th time the award has been presented. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Miranda Hill, Anne Simpson, Yasuko Thanh, and Timothy Taylor

The 2017 Journey Prize Nominees are:


  • Lisa Alward (Fredericton, NB) for “Old Growth” (The New Quarterly)
  • Sharon Bala (St. John’s, NL) for “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (The New Quarterly)
  • Sharon Bala (St. John’s, NL) for “Reading Week” (PRISM international)
  • Patrick Doerksen (Abbotsford, BC) for “Leech” ((parenthetical))
  • Sarah Kabamba (Ottawa, ON) for “They Come Crying” (Room
  • Richard Kelly Kemick (Calgary, AB) for “The Most Human Part of You” (Maisonneuve)
  • Richard Kelly Kemick (Calgary, AB) for “The Unitarian Church’s Annual Young Writer’s Short Story Competition” (The New Quarterly)
  • Michael Meagher (Halifax, NS) for “Used to It” (PRISM international)
  • Darlene Naponse (Naughton, ON) for “She Is Water” (The Malahat Review)
  • Maria Reva (Austin, Texas; originally from Vancouver, BC) for “Subject Winifred” (The Malahat Review)
  • Jack Wang (Ithaca, NY; originally from Vancouver, BC) for “The Nature of Things” (The Malahat Review)
  • Kelly Ward (Toronto, ON) for “A Girl and a Dog on a Friday Night” (Taddle Creek)


The Writers’ Trust of Canada will announce a shortlist of three stories on September 13. The winner of the 2017 Journey Prize will be announced on November 14, as part of the Writers’ Trust Awards event in Toronto.

For more information about this year’s anthology, please visit the Penguin Random House Canada website.