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CBC Short Story Prize

We have our winners!

Canada Writes, along with our partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre, are happy to announce the winners of the 2011-2012 CBC Short Story Prize / Prix de la nouvelle Radio-Canada.

There is one Grand Prize winner and four runners-up in each language. Winners were selected from over 3,750 short stories received from across the country. 


In English, The Grand Prize winner is Daniel Karasik of Thornhill, ON for “Mine”.

The jury was comprised of writers Peter Behrens, Alison Pick and Michael Winter. Said the jury of his story:

“A man lies on his deathbed and begins to speak—not to his wife, who sits by his side, but to his memory of the woman with whom he had an affair. It is his wife's response, and her voice—calm, measured, reflective—that makes ‘Mine’ the story it is. Thickly imagined and expertly executed, this is the sort of writing that reminds us of the possibility of redemption and the very hard work of being human.”

Daniel Karasik is a playwright, poet, actor, and artistic director of Tango Co., a Toronto-based independent theatre company. His award-winning plays have been seen in Toronto, New York, and Germany. He is the author of The Crossing Guard and In Full Light, a volume of plays published by Playwrights Canada Press, and is one of eleven poets featured in Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, a Cormorant Books anthology; Cormorant also plans to publish his first poetry collection in 2013. He also recently completed his first novel, for which he received the Alta Lind Cook Prize and the Norma Epstein National Literary Award. 

Daniel Karasik will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, and his prizewinning story “Mine” will be published in the April edition of enRoute Magazine. Daniel will also receive a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony and be interviewed this afternoon on CBC’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rodgers (Monday, March 26 at 1 p.m. on CBC Radio One).

Daniel Karasik will also be celebrated at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival this spring. The public will be invited to hear him read from his work as part of an afternoon of readings held on Saturday, April 21, 2012.


The four runners-up for the CBC Short Story Prize were also announced this morning. They are:

Pamela Ferguson of Toronto, ON for “Autumnal
Alix Hawley of Kelowna, BC for “Tentcity
Brooks McMullin of Prince Albert, SK for “Pax
Terence Young of Victoria, BC for “Mantra

Each runner-up will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts. 

To find out the French-language winners, please visit www.Radio-Canada.ca/zonedecriture

Canada Writes would like to extend a hearty congratulations to all of our winners. And thank you to everyone who participated!

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