Journey Prize

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The Journey Prize (officially called The Writers' Trust of Canada McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize) is a Canadian literary award, presented annually by McClelland and Stewart and the Writers' Trust of Canada for the best short story published by an emerging writer in a Canadian literary magazine. The award was endowed by James A. Michener, who donated the Canadian royalty earnings from his 1988 novel Journey.[1]

The winner receives C$10,000, making it the largest monetary award given in Canada to an up-and-coming writer for a short story or excerpt from a fiction work-in-progress.

The prize's winner in 2000, Timothy Taylor, was the first writer ever to have three stories nominated for the award in the same year.[2]

The Journey Prize also publishes an annual anthology of the year's longlisted short stories. Two writers, Andrew MacDonald and David Bergen, have both had a record four total stories selected for inclusion in the annual anthology.

In 2020, the Journey Prize committee announced that the 2021 award will be a special edition devoted exclusively to Black Canadian writers, considering stories published in 2019, 2020 and 2021.[3] The 2022 award will return to considering stories by all writers, including stories published in 2020 and 2021 which were not eligible for the 2021 award due to its special focus.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
1989 Holley Rubinsky "Rapid Transits" [4]

1990s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
1990 Cynthia Flood "My Father Took a Cake to France" [5]
1991 Yann Martel "The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios" [6]
Diana Hartog "Theories of Grief" [7]
Diane Keating "The Salem Letters" [7]
1992 Rozena Maart "No Rosa, No District Six" [8]
Steven Heighton "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains" [9]
Diane Juttner Perreault "Bella's Story" [9]
1993 Gayla Reid "Sister Doyle's Men" [10]
Marina Endicott "With the Band" [11]
Carol Windley "The Etruscans" [11]
1994 Melissa Hardy "Long Man the River" [12]
Anne Carson "Water Margins" [13]
Robert Mullen "Anomie" [13]
1995 Kathryn Woodward "Of Marranos and Gilded Angels" [14]
Gabriella Goliger "Song of Ascent" [15]
Elizabeth Hay "Hand Games" [15]
1996 Elyse Gasco "Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby?" [16]
Danuta Gleed "Bones" [16]
Rick Maddocks "Lessons from the Sputnik Diner" [16]
1997 Gabriella Goliger "Maladies of the Inner Ear" [17]
Anne Simpson "Dreaming Snow" [17]
Mark Anthony Jarman "Speedboat" [17]
1998 John Brooke "The Finer Points of Apples" [18]
Ian Colford "The Reason for the Dream" [19]
Stephen Guppy "Downwind" [19]
1999 Alissa York "The Back of the Bear’s Mouth" [20]

2000s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
2000 Timothy Taylor "Doves of Townsend" [2]
2001 Kevin Armstrong "The Cane Field" [21]
Vivette J. Kady "Anything That Wiggles" [22]
Heather O'Neill "Little Suitcase" [22]
2002 Jocelyn Brown "Miss Canada" [23]
Geoffrey Brown "Listen" [24]
Neil Smith "Green Fluorescent Protein" [24]
2003 Jessica Grant "My Husband’s Jump" [25]
Dawn Rae Downton "Hansel and Gretel" [26]
Charlotte Gill "Hush" [26]
2004 Devin Krukoff "The Last Spark" [27]
Kenneth Bonert "Packers and Movers" [28]
Elaine McCluskey "The Watermelon Social" [28]
2005 Matt Shaw "Matchbook for a Mother's Hair" [29]
Krista Bridge "A Matter of Firsts" [30]
Barbara Romanik "Seven Ways to Chandigarh" [30]
2006 Heather Birrell "BriannaSusannaAlana" [31]
Lee Henderson "Conjugation" [32]
Martin West "Cretacea" [32]
2007 Craig Boyko "Ozy" [33]
Krista Foss "Swimming in Zanzibar" [34]
Rebecca Rosenblum "Chilly Girl" [34]
2008 Saleema Nawaz "My Three Girls" [35]
Dana Mills "Steaming for Godthab" [36]
Clea Young "Chaperone" [36]
2009 Yasuko Thanh "Floating Like the Dead" [37]
Daniel Griffin "The Last Great Works of Alvin Cale" [38]
Dave Margoshes "The Wisdom of Solomon" [38]

2010s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
2010 Devon Code "Uncle Oscar" [39]
Krista Foss "The Longitude of Okay" [40]
Lynne Kutsukake "Mating" [40]
2011 Miranda Hill "Petitions to Saint Chronic" [41]
Seyward Goodhand "The Fur Trader's Daughter" [42]
Ross Klatte "First-Calf Heifer" [42]
2012 Alex Pugsley "Crisis on Earth-X" [43]
Kevin Hardcastle "To Have to Wait" [44]
Andrew Hood "Manning" [44]
2013 Naben Ruthnum "Cinema Rex" [45]
Doretta Lau "How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?" [46]
Eliza Robertson "My Sister Sang" [46]
2014 Tyler Keevil "Sealskin" [47]
Lori McNulty "Monsoon Season" [47]
Clea Young "Juvenile" [47]
2015 Deirdre Dore "The Wise Baby" [48]
Emily Bossé "Last Animal Standing on Gentleman’s Farm" [49]
Anna Ling Kaye "Red Egg and Ginger" [49]
2016 Colette Langlois "The Emigrants" [50]
Charlie Fiset "If I Ever See the Sun" [51]
J. R. McConvey "How the Grizzly Came to Hang in the Royal Oak Hotel" [51]
2017 Sharon Bala "Butter Tea at Starbucks" [52]
Darlene Naponse "She Is Water" [52]
2018 Shashi Bhat "Mute" [53]
Greg Brown "Love" [54]
Liz Harmer "Never Prosper" [54]
2019 Angélique Lalonde "Pooka" [55]
Kai Conradi "Every True Artist" [56]
Samantha Jude Macpherson "The Fish and the Dragons" [56]

2020s[edit]

Year Author Title Ref
2020 Jessica Johns "Bad Cree" [57]
Lisa Foad "Hunting" [58]
David Huebert "Chemical Valley" [58]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Author donates literary prize". Calgary Herald, December 18, 1988.
  2. ^ a b "The patter of little stories". Vancouver Sun, December 2, 2000.
  3. ^ "2021 Journey Prize will focus on emerging Black Canadian writers". CBC Books, June 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Short story wins $10,000 for B.C. writer". Vancouver Sun, June 15, 1989.
  5. ^ "Vancouver writer wins $10,000 Canadian fiction prize". The Globe and Mail, May 25, 1990.
  6. ^ "Authors collect prizes of close to $80,000". Toronto Star, October 28, 1991.
  7. ^ a b "Future winners". Kingston Whig-Standard, August 31, 1991.
  8. ^ "Rebellious, defiant, resistant; Controversial feminist writer Rozena Maart wins $10,000 literary prize for short story". Ottawa Citizen, October 15, 1992.
  9. ^ a b "McClelland and Stewart names shortlist for '92 Journey Prize". Montreal Gazette, September 12, 1992.
  10. ^ "Burnaby author honored". Vancouver Sun, October 14, 1993.
  11. ^ a b "Authors Shortlisted for Journey Prize". The Globe and Mail, September 22, 1993.
  12. ^ "$50,000 writing prize goes to first Canadian". The Globe and Mail, October 13, 1994.
  13. ^ a b "Journey Prize short list missing four names". Ottawa Citizen, September 18, 1994.
  14. ^ "Fetherling, Woodward honoured at festival". The Globe and Mail, October 12, 1995.
  15. ^ a b "2 Ottawa writers among finalists for Journey prize". Ottawa Citizen, September 23, 1995.
  16. ^ a b c "Elyse Gasco wins Journey Prize with grim tale about child abuse". Ottawa Citizen, October 27, 1996.
  17. ^ a b c "Journey Prize ends in a tie". Edmonton Journal, October 24, 1997.
  18. ^ "Montreal writer picks up $10,000 prize for short story". Vancouver Sun, October 23, 1998.
  19. ^ a b "Giller Prize nominees announced". Vancouver Sun, October 6, 1998.
  20. ^ Andrew Tolson, "Literary award means time to do what she loves". National Post, October 21, 1999.
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  27. ^ Anne-Marie Tobin, "Munro, Engel, Newman honoured". The Telegram, March 10, 2005.
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  33. ^ "Hill, Porter major winners". Victoria Times-Colonist, April 2, 2008.
  34. ^ a b James Adams, "Vassanji, Ashenburg up for Trust honours". The Globe and Mail, February 27, 2008.
  35. ^ Morley Walker, "Toews takes home rich prize for The Flying Troutmans". Winnipeg Free Press, November 18, 2008.
  36. ^ a b Victoria Ahearn, "Miriam Toews, Rawi Hage among finalists for Writers' Trust book prizes". Canadian Press, October 1, 2008.
  37. ^ Tom Hawthorn, "A writer's all too real tale puts her in spotlight". The Globe and Mail, December 7, 2009.
  38. ^ a b Victoria Ahearn, "Alice Munro, Douglas Coupland among contenders for Writers Trust Awards". Canadian Press, September 20, 2009.
  39. ^ Mark Medley, "A Room with a prize". National Post, November 3, 2010.
  40. ^ a b Richard Helm, "Siblings make short list for Canadian literary prize". Edmonton Journal, September 30, 2010.
  41. ^ "Hamilton's Miranda Hill wins Journey Prize". Hamilton Spectator, November 3, 2011.
  42. ^ a b Mark Medley, "First & second time's the charm for authors; few veterans in writers' trust fiction nominees". National Post, September 29, 2011.
  43. ^ "Nanaimo writer wins Rogers fiction prize". Victoria Times-Colonist, November 8, 2012.
  44. ^ a b "Writers' finalists named". Toronto Star, September 20, 2012.
  45. ^ Simon Houpt, "Colin McAdam wins Writers' Trust award". The Globe and Mail, November 21, 2013.
  46. ^ a b Mark Medley, "Writers' Trust gives nod to Lisa Moore, Lynn Coady". National Post, October 1, 2013.
  47. ^ a b c "Miriam Toews wins $25,000 Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize". Toronto Star, November 4, 2014.
  48. ^ "André Alexis wins Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize". The Globe and Mail, November 3, 2015.
  49. ^ a b "Globe columnist among Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize nominees". The Globe and Mail, September 29, 2015.
  50. ^ "Eden Robinson, Gregory Scofield, Yasuko Thanh among 2016 Writers' Trust Prize winners". CBC Books, November 2. 2016.
  51. ^ a b "Fiset, Langlois, McConvey Journey Prize finalists". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, September 16, 2016.
  52. ^ a b "David Chariandy, Billie Livingston, and Diane Schoemperlen among the winners at the 2017 Writers’ Trust awards". Quill & Quire, November 14, 2017.
  53. ^ "Books inspired by the authors’ parents win the top Writers’ Trust Awards". Toronto Star, November 7, 2018.
  54. ^ a b "The Writers’ Trust of Canada announces Journey Prize finalists". Quill & Quire, September 12, 2018.
  55. ^ Deborah Dundas, "Andre Alexis, Jenny Heijun Wills are big winners at Writers’ Trust Awards". Toronto Star, November 5, 2019.
  56. ^ a b "Local writer up for $10,000 prize". Kelowna Daily Courier, September 17, 2019.
  57. ^ "4 emerging Canadian writers receive $10K prizes from Writers' Trust of Canada". CBC Books, October 21, 2020.
  58. ^ a b Ryan Porter, "Short fiction finalists announced for the 2020 Journey Prize". Quill & Quire, August 26, 2020.

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