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CBC Short Story Prize

CBC Short Story Prize: And the winner is...

Canada Writes, along with our partners the Canada Council for the ArtsAir Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre, are happy to announce the winners of the 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 2,400 short stories received from across the country. 


In English, The Grand Prize winner is Becky Blake of Toronto, ON for “The Three Times Rule."

The jury was comprised of writers Esi Edugyan, Lawrence Hill and Vincent Lam. Said the jury of her story:

"The Three Times Rule portrays a woman who finds emptiness and sadness when she reaches for love. She strives to be tough-minded but is besieged by distressing thoughts about her past as she finds herself in the arms of a man who means nothing to her.  The story unfolds with subtlety, understatement and lyricism, and leads us to hope for better days for the protagonist even as we admire the clarity of her vision."

Becky Blake is a fiction writer who has worked as a journalist, a script consultant, an advice columnist, and a playwright. Her short stories and articles have appeared in publications including Remix: A Revolution in Text Forms, Kiss Machine, NOW Magazine, and The Coast. Becky is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at The University of Guelph. She currently lives in Toronto where she is working on her first novel.

Becky Blake will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, and her prizewinning story will be published in the April edition of enRoute Magazine. Becky will also receive a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony. You can hear her on CBC’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers on April 15th.

Becky Blake will also appear at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival this spring. The public will be invited to hear her read from her work as part of an afternoon of readings on Saturday, April 27, 2012.


The four runners-up for the CBC Short Story Prize are:

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!

Photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari

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