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About the Prize

The 2021-22 Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize recognizes the year’s best unpublished short story by an emerging writer. For over three decades, the Journey Prize has showcased the best short fiction first published in a literary magazine or anthology by Canada’s most exciting emerging writers.

But we recognize that not all voices are given the same opportunities or heard equally. In order to amplify the voices of Black writers who have historically been marginalized by systemic inequality, including within the publishing ecosystem, the 33rd edition of the Journey Prize and its associated anthology, The Journey Prize Stories, will be dedicated to celebrating the best unpublished work by Canada’s emerging Black writers. Please visit our guidelines section for full eligibility details.

The prize is supported by James A. Michener’s donation of his Canadian royalty earnings from his novel Journey.

“I owe a lot to the Journey Prize. An agent, a book deal. A renewed faith in my work. All signs that seem to say I’m on the right track.”

— Yasuko Thanh


2009 Journey Prize winner