2014 CBC Short Story Prize: And the winner is...
There is one Grand Prize winner and four runners-up in each language.
In English, the Grand Prize winner is Jane Eaton Hamilton of Vancouver, BC for "Smiley". Her story was selected from over 3,200 received from across the country.
The jury was comprised of writers Helen Humphreys, Colin McAdam and Kathleen Winter. They described her story as follows:
"Original and alive, 'Smiley' is the story of a Cape Town girl's identity crisis, her search for self within her family and nature. With precise language and evocative imagery, the story manages to convey many times the weight of its chosen words."
Jane is the author of seven books, including two volumes of short fiction. She has been included in the Journey Prize Anthology, Best Canadian Short Stories, and has been cited in the Best American Short Stories. She has twice won the Prism International Short Fiction Competition and was shortlisted for the 2014 prize. Jane is also a former CBC Short Story Prize winner (2003).
Jane will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, and her prize-winning story will be published in the April edition of Air Canada's enRoute Magazine. She will also receive a two-week writing residency at The Banff Centre.
The French Grand Prize winner was also announced this morning: Sarah Desrosiers of Montreal, QC for her story "Un entrefilet".
The four finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize are:
- Alix Hawley of Kelowna, BC for "Jumbo"
- Laura Legge of Toronto, ON for "Tukisiviit?"
- Trent Lewin of Waterloo, ON for "Saad Steps Out"
- Annie Reid of Vancouver, BC for "Longshot"
The four finalist for the Prix de nouvelle Radio-Canada are:
- Mireille Beaulieu of Quebec City, QC for "La tare des lambeaux"
- Corinne Charotton of Mount Forest, ON for "L'homme"
- Geneviève Blouin of La Prairie, QC for "Certaines oublieront leurs boucles d'oreille"
- Mathieu Lachance of Prévost, QC for "L'honneur des houris"
Each runner-up will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts.