Winner: $10,000; Finalists: $1,000
2013 Prize Winner
For "Cinema Rex"
Published by The Malahat Review
About the Story
“Cinema Rex” is as rich and visual as the films at its centre, which play on the new movie screen in one neighbourhood of Mauritius in the 1950s. The author beautifully draws the connections between the changing community, inundated by Hollywood and after-school English lessons, and a season of vital shifts for three friends transitioning out of boyhood. Full of heady sensory details, Naben Ruthnum’s deft observations of family and class interactions create an entire world of established histories and hierarchies, even though the reader is only privy to a sliver of these stories.
About the Author
Naben Ruthnum lives and writes in Toronto, and has been previously published in Riddle Fence, Joyland, Qwerty, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Under the pseudonym Nathan Ripley, he recently completed a thriller called Scrapbook. He is currently working on a novel based on the characters in “Cinema Rex.”
For “How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?”
For “My Sister Sang”
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Journey Prize Stories, 2013’s edition was compiled by jurors Miranda Hill, Mark Medley, and Russell Wangersky.
The Writers’ Trust of Canada/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. This 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 winner, selected by a three-member, independent judging panel, is announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards event. For more information about the prize visit the McClelland & Stewart website.
I, for one, owe everything to the Journey Prize; I don't mean the money -- I mean the attention, the publicity, the boost in confidence ... . It got the ball rolling for me.” Yann Martel Winner, 1991 Journey Prize