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CBC Short Story Prize

From horses to world peace: What was the first thing you wrote about?

Does your child tell you incomprehensible narratives about the neighbourhood dog? Or write about a flower fighting for world peace? Cut them some slack—one day they may be on their way to winning the CBC Short Story Prize. We asked the finalists of the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize about the first thing they remember writing, and got some very interesting answers!


Annie Reid post.jpg "I wrote a poem about an owl having an existential crisis when I was five."

—Annie Reid, author of "Longshot"

Jane Eaton Hamilton post.jpg"I was always drawing as a kid—horses, mostly, because we raised horses. Writing didn’t happen until a teacher in grade seven gave us this open assignment: Write 500 words. I almost collapsed from the challenge, but managed a story that then seemed impossibly long. I vaguely remember a graveyard, St John’s cemetery in Ancaster, and a guy named John riding his horse through fog." 

Jane Eaton Hamilton, author of "Smiley" 

Laura Legge post.jpg "Around fourth grade I wrote a couple poems, one about former Toronto Raptor Acie Earl, and one about world peace. My interests haven’t changed much since then."

—Laura Legge, author of "Tukisiviit?" 

"I wrote a detective story when I was six, about fifty pages total. I remember my parents being called in by the teacher to explain it. They couldn't."

—Trent Lewin, author of "Saad Steps Out"

Alix Hawley post.jpg"Pages of unformed scribbles, which I claimed meant something. I graduated to bullying my mum into transcribing my stories. Actual writing? I recall Goggles the Lousy Pilot, and Bad Book."

—Alix Hawley, author of "Jumbo"

We'll announce the winner of the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize on Monday, March 24.


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