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Vanderbilt backs Canadian short fiction prize

American heiress and author Gloria Vanderbilt has created a new short fiction prize for Canadian writers in partnership with literary quarterly Exile Editions.

American heiress and author Gloria Vanderbilt has created a new short fiction prize for Canadian writers in partnership with literary quarterly Exile Editions.

The annual prize with a cash award of $2,000 will be open to any Canadian writer, including emerging writers. The first prize will be awarded in April 2011.

Vanderbilt, who is mother of CNN's Anderson Cooper, said she created the prize in honour of her son Carter Cooper, who committed suicide in 1988.

Vanderbilt, 85, published a novel called Obsession in 2009. Exile published two of her short stories and a painting in a recent issue.

Ten finalists for the award will be chosen by a jury and the winning story will be decided by Vanderbilt herself. The submissions from all finalists will be published in Exile.

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