Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize

Winner: $10,000; Finalists: $1,000 

2014 Winner


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)
"Monsoon Season
Published in Descant

Clea Young
Published in The Fiddlehead


The Journey Prize Stories 26, featuring the best Canadian short stories from the last year as chosen by jurors Steven W. Beattie, Craig Davidson, and Saleema Nawaz, is now available in stores. 

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

For updates visit The Journey Prize on Facebook.

Martel_Yann.jpg "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


Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Second Deadline

September 9, 2015
For books published between Jun 10 - Sept 8

Berton House writer-in-residence 

October 2, 2015


Woodcock Fund




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