Journey Prize

Two of my stories have been long-listed for this year's JOURNEY PRIZE. TWO! They are: Butter Tea at Starbucks (originally published in The New Quarterly) and Reading Week (originally published in PRISM international).

The Journey Prize has been on my writer's bucket list for a while so I was pretty happy back in January when both publications said they were putting my stories forward. My live-in mathemagician (every writer should have one) crunched some numbers and told me I had a 60% chance of getting one story on the long list and a 20% chance of getting them both on there. Take that, slim odds!

The long-listed stories get published in a collection - Journey Prize 29. You can pre-order it here. Finalists are announced in the Fall and the winner is named in November. HOORAY FOR CANLIT!

 

Reading Week

My story, Reading Week, is in the new PRISM international. Jo is studying for midterms when her estranged brother Jeremy comes knocking on her door. Reading Week is a story about siblings, memory, and re-invention. I recommend reading it while playing Moist, Portishead, and Prodigy in the background.

Reading Week was first drafted back in 2012 and was subsequently long-listed for the House of Anansi Broken Social Scene Short Story Contest in 2013 (which means a bunch of my most favourite musicians read and liked my story!!!). I then sent various drafts of the story to several magazines only to have it bounce back each time like a boomerang. Then finally: acceptance!

The good people at PRISM have been a joy to work with and I'm so thrilled that after several rejections, they finally accepted one of my stories. (This is NOT AT ALL a slight on PRISM. Just wanted to point out that rejection is part of the process, just like revision and perseverance). So when editor Christopher Evans asked for an interview, I was chuffed! You can read it here.

Also, how stunning is that cover?