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B.C.-based writer Greg Brown named twice on 2018 Journey Prize longlist

Greg Brown wrote two of the 13 stories longlisted for the 2018 Journey Prize (credit: Denisa Kraus)

Nanaimo, B.C.-based writer Greg Brown has two stories on this year’s longlist for the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Thirteen stories in total were included on the longlist, which was announced on Aug. 7.

The $10,000 prize is awarded to the best short story or excerpt first published in a Canadian literary journal in 2017. All 13 nominees will be included in the annual anthology The Journey Prize Stories 30, which will be published by McClelland & Stewart on Sept. 25.

Both of Brown’s stories, the surreal “Bear” and bittersweet “Love,” were first published in the Vancouver-based journal Pulp Literature. Other publications with two nominations include The New Quarterly, This Magazine, and the CVC Anthology Series.

The full longlist follows:

  • Shashi Bhat, “Mute” (The Dalhousie Review)
  • Greg Brown, “Bear” (Pulp Literature
  • Greg Brown, “Love” (Pulp Literature)
  • Alicia Elliott, “Tracks” (The New Quarterly)
  • Liz Harmer, “Never Prosper” (The New Quarterly)
  • Philip Huynh, “The Forbidden Purple City” (EVENT)
  • Jason Jobin, “Before He Left” (The Malahat Review)
  • Aviva Dale Martin, “Barcelona” (PRISM international)
  • Rowan McCandless, “Castaways” (Prairie Fire)
  • Sofia Mostaghimi, “Desperada” (This Magazine)
  • Jess Taylor, “Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love” (This Magazine)
  • Iryn Tushabe, “A Separation” (CVC Anthology Series)
  • Carly Vandergriendt, “Resurfacing” (CVC Anthology Series)

The contenders will be narrowed down to three stories by the jury – comprised of writers Sharon Bala, Kerry Clare, and Zoey Leigh Peterson – when the shortlist is announced Sept. 12. The winner of the Journey Prize will be announced Nov. 7 at the Writers’ Trust Awards at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio.