Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize
Winner: $10,000; Finalists: $1,000
“The Wise Baby”
Published in Geist
About the Story
“The Wise Baby” by Deirdre Dore is that wonderful rarity: a lightly told and very funny story that nevertheless bears great weight. Dore acquaints us with a narrator of remarkable freshness, intelligence, wit, and generosity, who is somehow managing to fail in all regards, quite spectacularly. With a style that appears effortless, the storytelling offers sprawling pleasures, including dead-on dialogue, a cast of strangely compelling beautiful losers, and an imaginative and original voice the reader will return to with pleasure.
About the Author
Deirdre Dore writes fiction, poetry, and plays. Her work has appeared on stages and in literary journals, including Geist, Prairie Fire, and The Malahat Review, among others. Her story “Sappers Bridge” won the Western Magazine Award for Fiction. She holds a degree in psychology from Boston University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she completed a collection of short fiction. Originally from New York, she now lives in Nakusp, British Columbia, where she is revising her collection of stories and at work on a novella.
Emily Bossé (Fredericton)
“Last Animal Standing on Gentleman's Farm,”
Anna Ling Kaye
“Red Egg and Ginger
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 was announced on November 3 at the Writers’ Trust Awards.
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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