Sharon Bala Long-listed for the 2017 Journey Prize, TWICE!

We are doubly thrilled to announce that Sharon Bala has been long-listed twice for the 2017 Journey Prize for her short stories “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly) and “Reading Week” (first published in PRISM international)! Awarded through The Writer’s Trust of Canada, The McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize lauds an emerging Canadian writer for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, Yasuko Thanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. Sharon’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and “Reading Week” will appear in The Journey Prize Stories 29, along with the other nominees. The winner will be selected from the anthology’s stories and will receive $10,000 from the Trust.
Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday US in January 2018.
Congratulations to Sharon and the other long-listed nominees!


Miranda Hill wins the 2011 Journey Prize

Miranda Hill, author of Sleeping Funny, a forthcoming debut collection from Doubleday Canada slated for September 2012, wins the Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for $10,000 for her short story, “Petitions to Saint Chronic” published by The Dalhousie Review.

“A story of miracles, Miranda Hill’s “Petitions to Saint Chronic” is itself a wonder of narrative art. A desperate man falls from a 24-storey building and a cast of modern-day pilgrims huddle in the hospital lobby to await a divine intervention that may never arrive. Can he possibly live through this? What is God’s plan for these people? How can they go on? And where should they place their faith? Each of Hill’s characters is desperate in a different way and each seeks a different kind of deliverance. This is writing of the highest order, packed with insight, empathy and suspense. “Petitions to Saint Chronic” is a story of survival. It will live on in the memory of all who read it.” – Jury Citation

Miranda Hill is a recent graduate of UBC’s MFA program. “Petitions to Saint Chronic” was her first published story. Her fiction has subsequently appeared in The New Quarterly, and her collection of stories is forthcoming from Doubleday Canada. Hill is also the founder of Project Bookmark Canada, a national charitable organization that places text from stories and poems in the exact physical locations where literary scenes are set. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario.