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Canada Writes announces Finalists for the CBC Short Story Prize

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Canada Writes nominee Alix Hawley (photo credit: Mike Hawley)

From our friends at Canada Writes

Canada Writes, the CBC's online home for original writing and part of CBC Books, with its partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre, announced today the finalists for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize. The English texts were selected from over 3,200 stories that were received from across the country.

The 5 English-language finalists are:

Jane Eaton Hamilton (Vancouver, BC) for "Smiley"
Alix Hawley (Kelowna, BC) for "Jumbo"
Laura Legge (Toronto, ON) for "Tukisiviit?"
Trent Lewin (Waterloo, ON) for "Saad Steps Out"
Annie Reid (Vancouver, BC) for "Longshot"

British Columbia and Ontario writes scooped all five of the top spots, with the westernmost province taking three of five. The group is a mixed one, ranging from unpublished to veterans (on the experienced end of the spectrum, Eaton Hamilton has published seven books and won the CBC prize previously in 2003). Reid, for her part, writes video games professionally in addition to fiction. If you want to try your hand at predicting the winner, you can now read all five stories the Canada Writes website. Readers are invited to comment on the stories and to vote for their favourite.

The jury for this year's CBC Short Story Prize is Helen Humphreys, Colin McAdam and Kathleen Winter.

On Monday, March 24, the Grand Prize winner and four runners-up will be announced on http://www.cbcbooks.ca and ICI.Radio-canada.ca/litterature.

In addition to a cash prize of $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Grand Prize winner will receive a two-week writing residency at The Banff Centre and will be published in Air Canada's enRoute magazine. He/she will also be invited to the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival in April.

The four runners up will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, and will be published on the Canada Writes website.

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