This is the sixteenth edition of this nationally acclaimed anthology, which has established itself as Canada’s most popular fiction anthology, presenting the best new Canadian writers from coast to coast. As well as receiving high praise every year, it is an important indicator of up-and-coming writers. Past winners include Yann Martel, Cynthia Flood, Alissa York, Kevin Armstrong, Timothy Taylor, and Jessica Grant. These writers and many others whose stories have appeared in the anthology – André Alexis, David Bergen, Dennis Bock, Terry Griggs, Elizabeth Hay, Steven Heighton, Elise Levine, Annabel Lyon, Robert McGill, Lisa Moore, Nancy Richler, Madeleine Thien, and M.G. Vassanji – have gone on to become finalists or winners of some of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards.
This fiction anthology sets itself apart from others in that editors of literary journals across the country submit what, in their view, is the most exciting writing in English they have published in the previous year. The winner of the $10,000 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, and the journal which published the winning piece, will be announced in the spring of 2005 as part of The Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Great Literary Awards event.
The selection jury:
Elizabeth Hay‘s fiction includes Garbo Laughs, A Student of Weather, and Small Change (stories). She lives in Ottawa.
Lisa Moore is the author of two short story collections, Open and Degrees of Nakedness. She lives in St. John’s.
Michael Redhill is the author of the novel Martin Sloane, Fidelity (stories), and four books of poetry. He is one of the editorsof Brick magazine and lives in Toronto.
“The Journey Prize Anthology has become the proving ground for new, young Canadian writers, a who’s who of the coming generation. . . . There’s nothing else like it in Canada. (I, for one, owe everything to the Journey Prize.)”
– Yann Martel, previous Journey Prize winner and the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Life of Pi
"The Journey Prize Anthology represents the haunting pulse of the country's literary heartbeat."
"An adventurous collection of cut-above stories. . . . [The Journey Prize Anthology] buttresses the widely held conviction that short fiction is alive and swelling the ranks of first-rate Canadian authors gathering accolades around the globe."
"Consistently strong, and maintains the high standard for which it has become known."
-Quill & Quire
"In this competition, the real winner is the reader."
- Books in Canada
"Even for a country used to superb short story writers like Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, and Mavis Gallant, this is impressive stuff."
-Globe and Mail
"I have seen the future and it is fabulous."
"The Journey Prize Anthology is, without a doubt, the book I most look forward to each year."
-Bert Archer, Toronto Star
"The Journey Prize Anthology offers a road map of our cultural avenues, with signs drawn up by writers as varied as the topography, economy, and customs that surround them."
"The Journey Prize Anthology has become an important annual literary event in this country."
-Diane Schoemperlen, Kingston Whig-Standard
"A generous and timely acknowledgement of the importance of short fiction."
-Quill & Quire
"The craftsmanship of these writers is worthy of Munro or Gallant."
"A tight list of who to watch among a new generation of up-and-coming writers."
"When you sip from this literary brew of some of the year's best short fiction produced in Canada, your senses are aroused for conjuring by your own imagination. . . . Selections that are equally distinct and equally entertaining, as good fiction should be. Readers will be rewarded."
-Denise Chong, Ottawa Citizen