Bartleby by Bonny Reichert
2020 CBC Short Story Prize longlist
Bonny Reichert has made the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize longlist for Bartleby.
The shortlist will be announced on April 15. The winner will be announced on April 22.
Bonny Reichert is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist. She wears an excessive number of hats — writer, editor, chef, food journalist, recipe developer, food stylist and photographer. Reichert has been a columnist and feature writer at the Globe and Mail. She develops a range of content for magazines, websites, blogs and social media. She has a book-length food project in development. She is also working on her first novel.
Entry in five-ish words
Overwhelmed mom unravels in woods.
The story's source of inspiration
"Motherhood, wifehood, womanhood."
Jeremy comes down the stairs with his red plastic binoculars slung around his neck, white socks pulled up too high and held in place by rubber bands. Why is he doing this again? Two weeks ago, the school called to say the rubber bands were making deep grooves in Jeremy's skin and were cutting off his circulation. Barbara pretended this was news to her when, in fact, she'd pleaded with Jeremy to take off the rubber bands that very morning and just be ok with his socks creeping down throughout the day. Now, with school finally over for the year, she again pretends she doesn't notice while considering how slack her mothering has become.
The winner of the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.