Krzysztof Pelc wins the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize
"Told in clear, confident prose, Green Velvet is an elegant, beautifully-shaped story, lit with a wry humour that tilts unpredictably to melancholy. It's full of whimsy and insight," the jury said in a statement. "The chesterfield around which the plot twists — up the staircase, by rigid corners, tight spots and thresholds — into this family's new life is, by turns, a symbol of hope and one of doubt that eats away from the inside. The voice perfectly captures the desire for belonging, and all the ways such a desire can go unexpectedly wrong."
The other finalists for the 2019 prize were Nada Alic for The Intruder, David Dupont for For Pari, Menaka Raman-Wilms for Black Coffee and Meg Todd for Green is the Colour of Calm. The finalists each received $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and had their stories published on CBC Books.
The jury also chose the shortlist. The longlist was chosen by a team of writers and editors from across Canada. There were more than 3,000 English-language submissions to the prize in 2019.