5 writers make 2019 CBC Short Story Prize shortlist
Five writers have made the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize shortlist.
The finalists are:
- The Intruder by Nada Alic (Los Angeles, Calif.)
- For Pari by David Dupont (Toronto, Ont.)
- Green Velvet by Krzysztof Pelc (Montreal, Que.)
- Black Coffee by Menaka Raman-Wilms (Ottawa, Ont.)
- Green is the Colour of Calm by Meg Todd (Vancouver, B.C.)
The winner will be announced on April 24, 2019. The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and has had their work published by CBC Books.
The longlist was compiled by a team of readers made up of writers and editors from across Canada. There were more than 3,000 English-language submissions.
Get to know the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize finalists below.
About Nada: Nada Alic lives in Los Angeles by way of Toronto and writes about art, design and maintaining a creative practice. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction.
Why she wrote The Intruder: "Writing The Intruder was a way of reclaiming control by exploring the boundaries between fear and fantasy, the vulnerability of living in a woman's body and what happens in the confluence of people's loneliness, narcissism and fear in a place like Los Angeles."
About David: David Dupont spent more than 20 years working for various media as a director, writer and producer. He is currently completing a degree in creative writing at York University.
Why he wrote For Pari: "An Iranian friend once told me about an uncle who was never recovered after his incarceration."
About Krzysztof: Krzysztof Pelc is a professor of political science at McGill University. Born in Warsaw, Poland, he grew up in Quebec and has lived in Montreal since 2010. He is the author of Making and Bending International Rules, a nonfiction book about the ways international law deals with unexpected events and he is completing a novel titled The Sexual Lives of Plants, about lust, language and authoritarianism.
Why he wrote Green Velvet: "I keep a file of things seen or overheard that have struck me. And every so often, I'll dip into that file to look for something to use as a kernel for writing. In this case, I'd heard a friend describe this uncanny vision from his childhood, which became the final scene in the story. I worked backwards from that to construct the rest of it, pulling from various other things that were trotting in my mind."
About Menaka: Menaka Raman-Wilms has her Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Toronto and is currently completing her master's degree in Journalism at Carleton University.
Why she wrote Black Coffee: "Seeing how deeply women can be affected by the experiences of other women."
About Meg: Meg Todd's work has been published in Prairie Fire, Riddle Fence, Grain, EVENT, The Humber Literary Review, The Windsor Review and elsewhere. She studied Eastern Religious Studies at the University of Calgary and creative writing at the University of British Columbia.
Why she wrote Green is the Colour of Calm: "The awareness of genetic bonds is heightened during the teenage years and I wanted to explore the dilemma these familial relationships present when abuse and dysfunction are present."
To see the finalists for the French competition, go to Les prix de la création.