10 writers make longlist for $10,000 Journey Prize for short fiction

Sponsored by the Writers' Trust of Canada and McClelland & Stewart, the prize recognizes a short story or excerpt from a novel published in a literary magazine.
Richard Kelly Kemick (left) and Sharon Bala are two of the writers longlisted for the 2017 Journey Prize. They each have two stories on the list. (McClelland & Stewart/Journey Prize)

10 writers are longlisted for 12 stories for the 2017 Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. The $10,000 prize recognizes a short story or excerpt from a novel published in a literary magazine.

The 2017 jury consists of Kevin Hardcastle (author of the short story collection Debris), Grace O'Connell (author of the novel Be Ready for the Lightning) and Ayelet Tsabari (author of the short story collection The Best Place on Earth).

The longlisted stories are:

  • "Old Growth" by Lisa Alward (The New Quarterly)
  • "Butter Tea at Starbucks" by Sharon Bala (The New Quarterly)
  • "Reading Week" by Sharon Bala (PRISM international)
  • "Leech"  by Patrick Doerksen ((parenthetical))
  • "They Come Crying" by Sarah Kabamba (Room)
  • "The Most Human Part of You" by Richard Kelly Kemick (Maisonneuve)
  • "The Unitarian Church's Annual Young Writer's Short Story Competition" by Richard Kelly Kemick (The New Quarterly)
  • "Used to It" by Michael Meagher (PRISM international)
  • "She Is Water" by Darlene Naponse (The Malahat Review)
  • "Subject Winifred" by Maria Reva (The Malahat Review)
  • "The Nature of Things" by Jack Wang (The Malahat Review)
  • "A Girl and a Dog on a Friday Night" by Kelly Ward (Taddle Creek)

The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 13, 2017. The winner will be announced on Nov. 14, 2017.

Last year's winner was Colette Langlois for "The Emigrants", which was published in PRISM international. Past winners include Yann Martel, Alissa York and Yasuko Thanh. 

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