Public vote winner: CBC Short Story Prize
This month we published all ten stories on the shortlist for the CBC Short Story Prize. This is the first time we’ve ever done this. Traditionally, only the winners get their stories read by Canadians. But this year we wanted to get the whole country involved and invited everyone to read and share their comments on these great stories, as selected by our jurors.
This week we asked you to select your favourite. We tallied the results, and the story that is the favourite among Canadians is “Autumnal” by Pamela Ferguson. Congratulations Pamela! You received 35% of the vote and have won some pretty great bragging rights.
Here is what some of the voters had to say:
“Ms. Ferguson creates an excellent portrayal of a young woman in the confusing mating dance, without relying on sensational acts such as murder, dying, kidnapping. The character came alive, the action flowed well, not overly contorted. I enjoyed how I learn nothing about her as a person and yet through highlighted moments, I understand her frustrations, humour, loneliness and desire to open up to life with a partner with a hopeful sense of future. Nicely written!”“I love the complexity of the character developed in such a short space. Just a few glimpses into an obviously complex person - everything a short story should be!”“It is a lovely, arched eyebrow expression of what that time in life feels like. Exactly. I was very moved by it, and the author expresses so much with few words. Very skilful.”“It's a very vivid piece. Puts me in her shoes.”
There are still several more days before we announce the Grand Prize winner and runners-up of the 2011-2012 CBC Short Story Prize. Be sure to check back on Monday morning when all will be revealed!
Good luck to all the finalists!