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Canadians make the shortlist for the 3-Day Novel Contest

Five Canadians who took up the challenge of writing a novel in just three days are now finding themselves one step closer to seeing it published. Geist magazine and Anvil Press—the people behind the annual 3-Day Novel Contest—have announced the shortlist for the 2013 prize. 

Among the ten finalists are Canadians Henry Campbell (Calgary, AB), Vanessa Fernando (Montreal, QC), Annie Mahoney (Toronto, ON), Sheldon Seigel (Victoria, BC) and Graham Skelly (Skidgate, BC).
For the complete shortlist, click here.

One of the finalists might be familiar to Canada Writes readers. Sheldon Seigel was one of five writers we profiled who were attempting the 72-hour challenge for the first time. Sheldon charmed us with his sense of humour on both his entrance and exit interviews.

The last time we spoke with Sheldon was in early September when he had just finished his first writing marathon. Sheldon was zonked, but happy. He called the experience “horrendous, spectacular, cathartic, shocking, and enlightening.” We thought we would ask him now, with time and some perspective, how he feels about being shortlisted.

“… I'm still shocked that I survived the contest weekend. I have since read my story and found it to be surprising. Perhaps that is because I don't remember writing half of it! It was indeed a wonderful and horrible experience, one that paid incredible dividends in terms of literary growth and a stronger bond with my dog.”

Congratulations to Sheldon and the other finalists! The winner of the 3-Day Novel Contest will be announced later this week.

Read our interviews with Sheldon Seigel:


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