CBC Literary Prizes

Those Boys by Kari Teicher

Kari Teicher has made the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize longlist for Those Boys.

2019 CBC Short Story Prize longlist

Kari Teicher is a Toronto-based writer. (Tricia Ireland)

Kari Teicher has made the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize longlist for Those Boys.

About Kari

Kari Teicher writes from the stomach. A recent graduate of the MFA at the University of Victoria, she has lived on both coasts of the country, studying fiction and poetry. She writes about food, small towns, dysfunctional relationships and family. She is currently at work on a novel about the abandoned town of Snag, Yukon. She lives in Toronto and dreams of Nova Scotia. 

Entry in five-ish words

Those good boys born hunter.

The story's source of inspiration

"I am often inspired by place — there is a small town near Ottawa which I visited yearly with someone I loved which inspired the story. The people there, as well as the locks of the canal, the old chocolate factory — turned weed facility — and the closed asylum."

First lines

This a small town. We hear things. Everything is news in a place like this, and news travel fast. Middleton house got lice again. Kitty Wyle pregnant with another man's child. The mayor's daughter caught driving drunk last night. Minister's son stopped coming to church. Somebody found a bullet in the high school parking lot. News spread and then it linger like mist gossip, like swamp gossip. People talk.

This a small town. We the railroad running east and west. We the asylum still standing. We that candy factory smell of chocolate in the summer months. We the river the canal the three locks which slow the swell. That water deep and wide. We the tulips in spring, yellow tulips for cheer. Those boys plant them early May plant them yellow for cheer. Be not fooled by the Kenter boys.

About the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize

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.


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