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David Huebert’s work has won the CBC Short Story Prize and The Walrus Poetry Prize, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award (fiction) in 2018 and 2019. His fiction debut, Peninsula Sinking, won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, was shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize, and was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. David has taught creative writing at Dalhousie University and is the 2020–21 Writer in Residence at the University of New Brunswick. His second book of fiction, Chemical Valley, is forthcoming from Biblioasis.


2020 Journey Prize Finalist David Huebert

Award History

Jury Citation

"In David Huebert’s 'Chemical Valley,' the narrator’s remarkable voice is laced with dark humour while displaying a tremendous depth of feeling as he cares for his dying partner and navigates a dangerous workplace replete with unpleasant coworkers. This is a complex story about love, death, and grief set in a contemporary Canadian community plagued by petrochemical-induced diseases and environmental ruin. The attention to language is so meticulous that tragedy is imbued with an aura of beauty. Each exquisite sentence in 'Chemical Valley' produces a sense of wonderment as the narrative crescendos to its harrowing conclusion."
— 2020 Journey Prize Jury (Amy Jones, and Doretta Lau, and Téa Mutonji)

Works recognized by WT

Chemical Valley