Bodies by Nina Dragicevic
2020 CBC Short Story Prize longlist
Nina Dragicevic has made the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize longlist for Bodies.
The shortlist will be announced on April 15. The winner will be announced on April 22.
Nina Dragicevic is a freelance journalist living in Scarborough with two dogs and a husband. She publishes fiction under the name Nina Dunic.
Entry in five-ish words
A boy finds a body.
The story's source of inspiration
"I was walking my dogs through an empty, misty field."
Ali's father woke him up early.
"I need your help getting bags from the car, I forgot them," he said.
Ali put on his track pants and a hoodie and zipped it up close to his neck, and then pulled the hood over his head. He was sleepy and annoyed but not showing it to his father, or trying not to. It took him a few tries to get his shoes on. His father was already dressed for work and wearing a parka, holding the keys and waiting by the door.
It was bitterly cold outside. It bit through Ali's body and woke him up quickly. "What did you forget?" he asked his father, feeling that talking would keep him warm, and he kicked up his step a little as well.
The winner of the 2019 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.