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Short Story Prize

CBC Short Story Prize: The Longlist

It was a banner year for the CBC Literary Prizes. Even with all the changes that were made to the competition, we received a record number 3,000 short stories! They came from all across the country, from every province and territory, as well as from Canadians living as far away as Malaysia and Nicaragua. 

There was much to read, and our 10 readers had the important, yet difficult, job of whittling them down to what they deemed to be the best of the best. In the end we were left with 35 titles on the Longlist.

So, without further ado, here are the stories in the running for this year’s CBC Short Story Prize (in alphabetical order by author):

25,000 Wishes by Taylor Basso
Diamonds by Kate Belcher
Cocoon by Susan Berlin
The Hunting Club by Adrick Brock
Flash of Crimson and Lightening by Wendy Clouthier
Petals by Anne Cobham
Look How Pretty by Salvatore Difalco
Autumnal by Pamela Ferguson
The Taste of Oranges by Krista Foss
An Offering by Heather Fregeau
Harmonizing by Dakota Hamilton
Tentcity by Alix Hawley
The Burgess Shale by Karen Hofmann
Photograph From Amsterdam by Jay Hosking
What About How Blue the Sky Is? By Sean Johnston
Mine by Daniel Karasik
A Crowd of Ashes by Ernestine Lahey
Sincerely by Sandy Lubert
Pax by Brooks McMullin
The Certainty of Landing by Lindsay Milburn
Remainders by Shana Myara
Nutlady by Karl Raudsepp-Hearne
The Children by Roberta Rees
The Swimmer by Emily Saso
Sacred Things by Vania Selvaggi
Curves by Margaret Sinclair
Sadie's Bone by Jane Stevenson
Ten Beautiful Moments Before Giving Up by Ania Vesenny
Getting Lost But Good Lost by Rick Walker
Rowing to Cuba by Darryl Whetter
Mother's Day by Alice Irene Whittaker-Cumming
Stalin's Good Friday by Lucie Wilk
One More Thing Coming Undone by D.W. Wilson
Dock Day by Clea Young
Mantra by Terence Young

Congratulations to our 35 finalists! And a big thank you to everyone who participated and made it such a competitive year! 

Even if you don’t find your name or story here, you are still a winner in our books. We hope you will participate in our future challenges, as well as follow along as we reveal the shortlist and then the winners in the weeks to come. 

Beginning today we will be shedding some light on the evaluation process. Between now and the shortlist announcement (March 5) we will be running Q&As with our 10 readers. We hope to give you a glimpse into what it is like to read hundreds of stories from all over the country. 

First up: our Q&A with Julie Booker.

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