Winner: $10,000; Finalists: $1,000
Anthony De Sa is the author of the fiction collection Barnacle Love, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Toronto Book Award, and the novel Kicking the Sky. He attended the Humber School for Writers and Ryerson University. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.
Tanis Rideout is the author of the novel Above All Things and the poetry collection Arguments with the Lake. Her work has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for Emerging Writers and the CBC Literary Awards. She has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.
Carrie Snyder is the author of the novel Girl Runner, which was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, as well as two books of short fiction: Hair Hat, a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award for Short Fiction, and The Juliet Stories, a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
Tyler Keevil (Wales)
Published in The New Orphic Review.
About the Story
A terrible act of cruelty forces the tensions between two workers at a fish processing plant to spill out into the surrounding waters.
Tyler Keevil’s “Sealskin” is a stunner: straightforward and unadorned, but humming with subsurface power. Possessed of a sturdy narrative backbone and unrelenting forward momentum, the story explores familiar themes – alienation, humanity’s relationship to nature, coming of age, and loss of innocence – but does so in a way that seems fresh and vibrant. Strong physical details adjoin keen psychological insights, and Keevil handily builds scenes that reverberate with insight and potency. Keevil has accomplished something rare: a story about rough masculinity that brims with emotion and pathos.
About the Author
Tyler Keevil writes both literary and genre fiction. His debut novel, Fireball, received the 2011 Media Wales People’s Prize, and his second, The Drive, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Wales Book of the Year. His first story collection, Burrard Inlet, was recently published in the U.K. He lives in Wales.
Lori McNulty (Vancouver)
Published in Descant
Clea Young (Vancouver)
Published in The Fiddlehead
About the Prize
The Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to a new and developing writer of distinction for a short story published in a Canadian literary publication. The winner is selected by a three-member, independent judging panel. The award is made possible by James A. Michener’s generous donation of his Canadian royalty earnings from his novel Journey, published by McClelland & Stewart in 1988. The 2015 prize winner will be announced on Novermber 3 at the Writers’ Trust Awards.
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