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J.R. McConvey is a writer from Toronto. His short fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, Joyland, The Dalhousie Review, The Puritan, and other publications, and has been shortlisted for a Matrix Lit POP Award and the Bristol Short Story Prize. He is also a documentary producer, whose work includes the award-winning National Parks Project, and an occasional poet and journalist. He recently finished his first novel.

Award History

2016 Finalist

Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize
for How the Grizzly Came to Hang in the Royal Oak Hotel

Jury Citation

“‘How the Grizzly Came to Hang in the Royal Oak Hotel’ by J.R. McConvey is a story about a discharged soldier who has returned from Afghanistan and is tasked to take down a bear that has been brought into a hotel for a film shoot. It’s a story that packs a variety of punches, which the writer manages to deliver in just ten pages. There is tragedy. There is humour. There is cold ambition. There is mourning. There is gain and there is loss. Most significant, there is the story that ripples beneath the words on the page, allowing us to explore it on our own terms. With McConvey, readers are in very good hands.” — 2016 Journey Prize jury (Kate Cayley, Brian Francis, and Madeleine Thien)

Works recognized by WT

How the Grizzly Came to Hang in the Royal Oak Hotel