With an introduction by the jury, and now featuring authors’ comments on the inspiration for their stories.
This is the seventeenth edition of The Journey Prize Stories, Canada’s most popular annual fiction anthology. As well as receiving high praise every year, it is an important indicator of up-and-coming writers, presenting the most exciting new Canadian voices from coast to coast. Writers whose stories have appeared in the anthology — Yann Martel, André Alexis, David Bergen, Dennis Bock, Michael Crummey, Elizabeth Hay, Annabel Lyon, Lisa Moore, Eden Robinson, Timothy Taylor, Madeleine Thien, and M.G. Vassanji — have gone on to become finalists for or winners of some of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards.
The stories included in the anthology are contenders for the $10,000 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, which is made possible by James A. Michener’s generous donation of his Canadian royalty earnings from his novel Journey (M&S, 1988). The winner will be announced in the spring of 2006 as part of The Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Great Literary Awards event.
Lynn Crosbie is the author of two novels and five collections of poetry, most recently Missing Children. She lives in Toronto. James Grainger is the review editor of Quill & Quire and the author of the fiction collection The Long Slide. He lives in Toronto. Nancy Lee’s first book of fiction, Dead Girls, was named Book of the Year by NOW Magazine. She lives in Vancouver.
"The Journey Prize anthology has become the proving ground for new, young Canadian writers, a who’s who of the coming generation. . . . I, for one, owe everything to the Journey Prize."
—Yann Martel, previous Journey Prize winner and the author of Life of Pi