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.