TORONTO – Three writers have been named finalists for the $10,000 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.
Sharon Bala of St. John’s, N.L., was nominated for “Butter Tea at Starbucks,” published in The New Quarterly.
Richard Kelly Kemick of Calgary made the short list for “The Most Human Part of You,” featured in Maisonneuve.
Darlene Naponse of Naughton, Ont., is in contention for “She Is Water,” published in The Malahat Review.
Each of the three finalists will receive $1,000, while the winner will receive a total of $10,000. The journal that originally published the winning entry will also receive $2,000.
The winner will be announced Nov. 14 at the Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony in Toronto.
Now in its 29th year, the prize is for a new and developing writer who wrote the best short story first published in a Canadian literary journal during the previous year.
Past winners include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Saleema Nawaz and Yasuko Thanh.
James A. Michener donated his Canadian royalty earnings from his 1998 novel “Journey” to make the prize possible.
McClelland & Stewart will publish the 12 stories that were nominated for this year’s long list in an annual fiction anthology that will be available Sept. 26.
Jury members were writers Kevin Hardcastle, Grace O’Connell and Ayelet Tsabari.