What a wild thing to happen. My story, “Enigma,” was chosen by judges Greg Hollingshead, Padma Viswanathan, and Richard Van Camp from over 1800 entries as the winner of the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize. Here’s what the judges said about the story:
“A woman must end the life of her beloved horse. A paean to intimacy and to things rarely seen, ‘Enigma’ is an eloquent meditation on the mystery of life and death, love and grief, both human and animal. This is a vivid personal narrative of remarkable spiritual and emotional grace.”
These kind and thoughtful words from a group of seriously esteemed writers is among the most flatering aspects of this experience. I am genuinely, delightfully overwhelmed. Thanks to all my supporters, and congrats to all the lovely stories on the shortlist and the longlisted writers.
Wild times in Huebertland. Last week I posted to announce that my story, “Enigma,” had made the longlist for the CBC Short Story Prize. This week it’s a thrill to say the story has made the shortlist. This is really a singular honour for me. You can read my story, as well as the other finalists, here.
I’m gratefully overwhelmed that my story, “Enigma,” was named to the longlist of the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize. There are some writers on the list I really admire, and it’s great to get this nod from the CBC. The story is part of the collection I have been crafting, Peninsula Sinking. My major themes as a writer–animals, oceans, drugs, and love–come together fast and hard in this short piece. I’m excited to see what happens next in the competition.
My latest story, “Silicone Giddy” , has just come out in The Puritan 32. This story is a sequel to my previous piece, “Bellyflop”, which appeared last winter in The Puritan 28. Both stories occupy the core of my short story manuscript, Peninsula Sinking, so it’s great to have them out in the world together. It also means a lot to have so much support from the rad and thorough people at The Puritan during this stage of my carreer. Issue 32 is a beast, swollen with literary protein. It’s moving to have my writing appear alongside so many fellow contributors–Matthew J. Trafford, Emily Schultz, Michael Prior–whom I deeply admire. Read the stories if you want to experience a lively fictional mixture of marriage, sex toys, and electrocution.
I’m deeply grateful that judge Sheldon Currie and the folks at The Antigonish Review gave my story, “Jellyfish,” first place in the Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest. The story appears in TAR 183 (pictured below), which has a pretty rugged-looking jellyfish on the cover. My story is about sickness and addiction and water and I’m really excited it found such a lovely home. TAR has published my work twice already and as a young Nova Scotian writer it means a lot to have the support of this fine journal.
I’m super excited to announce my London preview book launch party! If you like spelling bees, you might just win a free copy of the book. Here are the details:
Tuesday November 17, 7:30pm, Joe Kool’s: 595 Richmond St. (private room upstairs)
Copies will be available for $15 (cash only). There will be a reading, a spelling bee, and general merriment!
I’m super thrilled to announce that the cover of my forthcoming poetry book, We Are No Longer The Smart Kids In Class, has been released. The cover and interior were designed by David Moratto and I really couldn’t be happier with the packaging. The book itself comes out in November, and I plan to have launches in Halifax, NS, and London, ON, in addition to the Guernica launch in Toronto. In addition to standard readings, these launches will include certain mystery activities (there are whispers of a spelling bee). I’ll be amping up to the book launch with a couple of readings in Toronto–October 3rd at the Words and Music Salon and October 13th at the Emerging Writers Reading Series (http://ewreading.com/). If you’re interested in attending any of these events, please feel free to contact me. Though I have been called crotchety in the past, I’ve been working hard on my approachability.