Sharon Bala is trapped on a rock in the cold North Atlantic. Please send mangoes.

 Photo by: Laura Chapnick (Penguin Random House)

Photo by: Laura Chapnick (Penguin Random House)

Her debut novel, The Boat People, was published by McClelland & Stewart and Doubleday US in January, 2018. The manuscript won the Percy Janes First Novel Award (May 2015) and was short listed for the Fresh Fish Award (October 2015). 

In 2017, she won the Journey Prize and had a second story long-listed in the anthology. A three-time recipient of Newfoundland and Labrador's Arts and Letters award, she has stories published in Hazlitt, Grain, The Dalhousie Review, Riddle Fence, Room, Prism international, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize 29, and in an anthology called Racket: New Writing From Newfoundland (Breakwater Books, Fall 2015).

Sharon is a member of the Port Authority writing group. They can be found every second Tuesday swapping fiction in the closet of a store room on Memorial University's campus.

In her past lives, she worked in PR, event planning, and enjoyed a brief stint as a British housewife. Today, she earns her bread with words. She's available to write articles and essays, adjudicate competitions, for readings, manuscript evaluations, and editorial aid

Sharon was born in Dubai, raised in the 905, and now lives in St. John's, Newfoundland with her husband, the mathematician Tom Baird.