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2014 CBC Short Story Prize: Announcing YOUR favourite

You still need to wait until Monday morning to find out who won this year’s CBC Short Story Prize. But today we’re revealing the one work that you—the public—would most like to see win.

We published the five works on the shortlist for this year’s CBC Short Story Prize and asked you to vote for your favourite. Although the outcome of this vote will have no influence on who wins the competition (the jury has already met), the winner will get bragging rights and the satisfaction of knowing that his/her submission was voted as the favourite among Canadians.

And the winner of the public vote is…

Annie Reid for "Longshot." Congratulations Annie!

Here are some quotes about her story that we received from our online readers:

Great tension, lingering impact, sparse language, surprising depth.
" —Sarah Turner

It took me to the track. Annie reeled me in, swept me along and left me wanting more.
" —Deirdre Bain 

It does such a great job at using a racetrack to set the stage for that fork in the road every relationship runs into. Either all-in or all-out.
" —Darren Thompson 

Well done, Annie!

The other four shortlisted works had some equally passionate fans. Here's a sampling of comments we received.

"In so very few words, Jane has managed to evoke time and place and circumstances, all very different from the familiar, and an unfamiliar point of view as well. I'm grateful for the insight." —Mary-Ev Anderson

"Jumbo" by 
Alix Hawley

"The story draws you, the reader, in to share in the narrator's love for a majestic but tragic creature."—Clare McManus
"I have been to the Arctic and Laura captures well the awareness journey that both white people and the Inuit go through when they find themselves facing each other across a cultural abyss."—Audrey Anderson

"This story was painted like an oil pastel picture that you dream about—the imagery splattered across the readers' minds like paint. Trent Lewin did a marvelous job at conveying the characters' emotions, while making you watch the scene unfold around you."—Emily Andres 

Congratulations to all of our finalists! We wish them all the best of luck. 

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We'd like to thank all of you for taking the time to read the shortlisted works and vote for your favourite. As a special thank you, we entered all of your names in a draw for this sleek and handy Canada Writes journal. Congratulations Peter Kuplowsky! You've got one coming to you in the mail.

Be sure to check back Monday, March 24 to find out which of these five works has won the grand prize.


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