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Lynn Coady is a novelist, editor, and journalist. She was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel The Antagonist, and was also longlisted for Hellgoing. Coady was nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2000 for her first collection of stories, Play the Monster Blind. She is a co-founder and senior editor of the magazine Eighteen Bridges. Originally from Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Coady now lives in Edmonton.


Lynn Coady on Hellgoing

Award History

2013 Finalist

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
for Hellgoing

Jury Citation

“Lynn Coady’s brilliant short stories offer a discomforting cast of characters who can’t ever genuinely relate – a mutually tormenting teacher and student, a nun and her anorexic patient, newlyweds into S&M. The struggles of these mismatched people are painful and often hilarious, and the startling way everyday objects embody their predicaments – jars of salsa, the flag on a mailbox, a chain link fence – never fails to move us. Enigmatic and witty, Hellgoing pushes us all against the fence.” — 2013 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Caroline Adderson, Alison Pick, and Miguel Syjuco)

2000 Finalist

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
for Play the Monster Blind

Works recognized by WT

Play the Monster Blind