A writer from British Columbia has been named as one of the five finalists for this year's CBC Short Story Prize.
CBC Books, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity announced the finalists for the short fiction competition, chosen from almost 3,000 entries.
The finalists are:
- "Kids in Kindergarten" by Corinna Chong, from Kelowna, B.C.;
- "Deville at Home" by Brooks McMullin, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan;
- "Stump" by Miranda Morris, from Hamilton, Ontario;
- "Leaving Moonbeam" by Ben Pitfield, from Toronto, Ontario;
- "Her First Palestinian" by Saeed Teebi, from Toronto, Ontario.
This year’s jury consists of three authors:
- Souvankham Thammavongsa, whose debut short story collection, How to Pronounce Knife, won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize;
- Craig Davidson, whose book Rust and Bone was adapted into an Oscar-nominated feature film;
- Lee Maracle, whose books include I Am Woman, My Conversations With Canadians, and Ravensong.
The winner, who will be revealed on Thursday (April 29), will receive a cash prize of $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, and a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
The four other finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts.
All five short stories have been published at the CBC Books website.