Two Canadian authors have been named finalists for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for unpublished English-language works of short fiction. Trent Lewin and Don McLellan are among 26 shortlisted writers from 11 Commonwealth countries, chosen from almost 4,000 submissions.
The Commonwealth Foundation selected Waterloo, Ontario, author Lewin for “Vestigial.” McLellan, a resident of Vancouver, was noninated for his short story “Children of the Zocal.” Toronto-based author Olive Senior was one of five jury members representing the regions of the Commonwealth.
Gillian Slovo, South African novelist and chair of the prize jury, said in a release, “As a novelist accustomed to the luxury of the long form it has been a treat to discover writers who manage to crystallise such different experiences into so few words. The stories we have chosen for the shortlist are in turn comic, touching, poetic, mysterious but always fresh and unexpected.”
Regional winners, receiving £2,500 each, will be announced May 4, while the overall winner of the £5,000 prize will be revealed in September.