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Paola Ferrante’s debut short fiction collection, Her Body Among Animals, is a 2023 Foreword INDIES finalist and was featured on the 2023 CBC Books fall reading list. It is forthcoming in August 2024 in the UK from Influx Press. She was longlisted for the Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and her poetry collection, What to Wear When Surviving A Lion Attack, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She won The New Quarterly’s Peter Hinchcliffe Prize, Room Magazine’s fiction contest, and Grain’s poetry contest. Ferrante is currently working on a science-fiction inspired novel that satirically explores the concept of living your best life. She lives in Toronto.  

Program History

2024 Rising Star

Rising Stars

Selected by

Richard Van Camp


“I can’t wait to delve into Paola Ferrante’s science fiction manuscript, Completables, set in a South Padre luxury hotel where billionaires wait to flee Earth for Mars. What a great premise — and timely! I’m so proud to be able to help. Mahsi cho, Writers’ Trust, for pairing us together. I look forward to learning about her process and guiding her in any way I can.”