Writers' Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize

Winner: $10,000; Finalists: $2,000

Prize Guidelines

Highlighting the best of Canada's new writers, the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to an emerging Canadian writer for a short story first published by a Canadian print or online 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 receives a $10,000 prize and two finalists each receive $1,000. In recognition of the vital role literary magazines play in discovering new authors, the journal that published the winning entry receives $2,000. The prize is presented annually at the Writers’ Trust Awards in Toronto. 


The deadline for submissions has now passed (January 25, 2016.) 

Eligible Canadian literary print and online publications may submit up to three short stories or excerpts from fiction works-in progress by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Stories submitted directly by authors will not be accepted. The Journey Prize is designed to support new and developing Canadian writers during the early stages of their career and reserves the right to decide whether a submitted writer qualifies based on this mandate.

Writers who have published more than two books of fiction, have won national awards for their fiction, or whose fiction has already received substantial attention are not eligible for consideration. Eligible writers may have appeared in earlier volumes of The Journey Prize Stories anthology but cannot have won the top prize before. Entries by writers who are currently on the masthead of the submitting publication are not eligible. Stories must have been published by the submitting publication during the 2015 calendar year. Entries must not have been published in book form at the time of submission (i.e. January 2016). 

Questions? Please email journeyprize@mcclelland.com or visit The Journey Prize on Facebook

A note on the possible ambiguity around the meaning of the phrase “nominated for the Journey Prize” - the phrase is being used both by writers whose stories have been selected by the judges to appear in The Journey Prize Stories anthology and, on occasion, by writers whose stories were submitted to the prize but not selected for the anthology. We would request that magazine editors, in their correspondence with the writers they are putting forward for the prize, clarify that these writers should refer to themselves only as having been “nominated by X magazine for the Journey Prize” or as “X magazine’s nominee for the Journey Prize” unless they hear further from the Journey Prize.

Jury Composition

The three-person jury is appointed by McClelland & Stewart and the Writers’ Trust of Canada but acts independently in selecting stories for the Journey Prize Stories, the contents of which constitute a long-list for the prize. The winner and finalists for the Journey Prize are selected by the same jury from among the stories that appear in the current edition of the Journey Prize Stories, published annually in the fall by McClelland & Stewart.



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