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Jury of acclaimed Black writers announced for 2021 Journey Prize

David Chariandy, Canisia Lubrin, Esi Edugyan

A jury of acclaimed Black Canadian writers has been announced for the 2021 Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Novelists David Chariandy and Esi Edugyan will join poet Canisia Lubrin in judging a special edition of the annual prize that will focus on emerging Black Canadian writers.

The eligibility window for the competition has been expanded to include stories that have been published in literary journals between the beginning of 2019 and the end of 2021. Publications may submit more than one entry on behalf of a writer.

Submissions published in 2019 and 2020 are due Dec. 1 with the deadline for stories published in 2021 still to be announced. The winner will receive $10,000 and the winning publication will receive $2,000. The finalists will be published in the McClelland & Stewart anthology The Journey Prize Stories: Celebrating the Best of Canada’s New Black Writers.