For almost two decades, The Journey Prize Stories has been taking the pulse of Canada’s literary scene, presenting the best stories published each year by some of our most exciting up-and-coming writers.
Among the stories this year: A holdup marks the beginning of a spectacularly ill-fated romance between a free spirit and a man with the heart and soul of “a criminal born.” When her young imagination is captured by a photo of a Hungarian refugee child, a girl becomes determined to make the orphan a part of her family’s life. In a story set in Venice, amid complications both legal and romantic, a Canadian expat comes to understand the restless path his father’s life has taken. A boy discovers something about fame, mortality, and triple force fields when the kids in his neighbourhood vie for a coveted spot on an arcade game’s high-scores list. In a modern fairytale with a twist, a woman who is always cold is given an unexpected gift. A near-drowning in the Indian Ocean reveals difficult truths to a documentary filmmaker during what is supposed to be a career-advancing trip.
Caroline Adderson is the award-winning author of two novels, A History of Forgetting and Sitting Practice, and two collections of short fiction, Bad Imaginings and Pleased to Meet You. She is the 2007 recipient of the Marian Engel Award. She lives in Vancouver.
David Bezmozgis is the award-winning author of Natasha and Other Stories. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Harper’s, The New Yorker, and The Walrus, and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, 2005. He lives in Toronto.
Dionne Brand is a multi-award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist, and a professor of English at the University of Guelph. In 2006, her poetry collection Inventory was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, her novel What We All Long For won the Toronto Book Award, and Brand herself received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing. She lives in Toronto.
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