Jenny Boychuk wins the 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize
Slow Violence was chosen by the jury comprised of Harold R. Johnson, Elizabeth Renzetti and Mark Sakamoto.
"Slow Violence draws the reader into a world in which the desire for revenge is lost to the healing power of mercy," the jury said in a statement. "As is almost always the case, the perpetrator is a victim and his victim, also a perpetrator. This is a beautifully written story of grace. It is a story we all need."
The jury also chose the shortlist. The other finalists were Larry Gibbs for The Boondock Harvest 1966, Kathleen May for The Long Driveway, Tracey McGillivray for To the Uninitiated and Emily Stillwell for The Birthday Party. The finalists each received $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and had their stories published on CBC Books.
There were more than 2,200 English-language submissions to the prize in 2019. The longlist was chosen by a team of writers and editors from across Canada. The jury selected the finalists and the winner from a longlist of 31 stories.
The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers for 40 years. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.
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The CBC Short Story Prize is currently open and accepting submissions until Oct. 31, 2019.