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CBC Short Story Prize: The longlist

Here it is. The moment you’ve been waiting for… The announcement of the 32 titles on the longlist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize.
It was a lot to get through, but our 12 professional readers diligently read and considered the thousands of blind submissions we received for this year’s competition. Thank you everyone for sharing your short stories with us!

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

“Ikke Vil Vare Evig (Nothing Lasts Forever)” by Leslie Beckmann (North Vancouver, BC)
“Recordings” by Levi Binnema (Edmonton, AB)
“Big Bear Lake” by John Blackmore (Ottawa, ON) 
“The Three Times Rule” by Becky Blake (Toronto, ON)
“Fishing in ’52” by Robert Dale Burkholder (Thetis Island, BC)
“The Story of a Man and a Day That Wasn’t His” by Lena Desmond (Mississauga, ON)
“The Thing That I Know” by Phyllis Diller Stewart (Sunderland, ON)
“Family Only” by Katharine Dunn (Toronto, ON)
“Tracing the Shadows” by Evonne Garnett (Prince Albert, SK)
“Prophets Don't Honk” by Larry Gibbons (Middle River, NS)
“We Harboured the Scholar” by Seyward Goodhand (Toronto, ON)
“Words That Lock” by Jane Griffith (Sidney, BC)
“Old Hands” by Mathew Howard (Toronto, ON)
“The List” by Joel Janisse (Windsor, ON)
“Make the Soup” by Sean Johnston (Saskatoon, SK)
“The Truth About Gravity” by Judy LeBlanc (Fanny Bay, BC)
“Step 5” by Stella Leventoyannis Harvey (Whistler, BC)
“Keep In Touch” by Kari Lund-Teigen (Vancouver, BC)
“Assembling” by Lindsay Milburn (Vancouver, BC)
“Parse” by Roderick Moody-Corbett (Calgary, AB)
“The Mouse in her Backpack is Praying” by Natalie Morrill (Vancouver, BC)
“Breathing in Siberia” by Holly Nathan (Prince George, BC)
“Super Good Ninja Party Time” by Robert Nathan (Victoria, BC)
“The Challenger” by Fiona Osborne (Kamloops, BC)
“You Can't Win If You Don't Bet” by Annie Reid (Vancouver, BC)
“L’Étranger” by Eliza Robertson (Victoria, BC) 
“Sweet Dynamite” by Jay Tameling (Edmonton, AB)
“Dolls” by Yasuko Thanh (Victoria, BC)
“The Usual Suspect” by Leona Theis (Saskatoon, SK)
“Viaduct” by Rochelle Vigurs (Worthington, MA)
“Sleight of Hand” by Thomas Wharton (Edmonton, AB)
“Juncture” by Carman Zacharias (Steinbach, MB)

CBC Radio, along with our partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, and The Banff Centre, would like to congratulate everyone who’s made the longlist! Great job!

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

We’d also like to thank our readers for this year’s prize: Tom Abray, Kevin Chong, Cherie Dimaline, Bonnie Dunlop, Tess Fragoulis, Greg Kearney, Grace O'Connell, Suzette Mayr, Michael Murphy, Corey Redekop, Anakana Schofield and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair. You did a terrific job and we were so proud to work with you all this year.

We will be revealing (and publishing) the shortlist the week of March 11, so stay tuned. 

Beginning tomorrow you will be able to read interviews with our CBC Short Story readers. We will be asking them to share with us their thoughts on the competition as well as some of their favourite stories this year. 

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