The Journey Prize Stories 20: The Best of Canada's New Writers by Lynn Coady
“Considering the number of popular and prize-winning writers who have a Journey Prize as part of their resume, it’s no exaggeration to suggest that this volume is the future of Canadian writing. . . . And the future seems bright indeed.” — Robert Wiersema, Ottawa Citizen The Journey Prize Stories is widely celebrated as the premiere showcase for new writing in Canada, and a virtual who’s who of up-and-coming literary talents. Readers of the anthology have consistently been among the first to discover such now well-known writers as André Alexis, David Bergen, Michael Crummey, Elizabeth Hay, Yann Martel, Lisa Moore, Heather O’Neill, Eden Robinson, Neil Smith, Timothy Taylor, Madeleine Thien, M.G. Vassanji, and Alissa York, among many others. With this twentieth edition, featuring an introduction by the jury and comments from a stellar group of high-profile past contributors, The Journey Prize Stories continues to take the pulse of Canada’s literary scene.
The stories included in the anthology are contenders for the $10,000 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. The winner will be announced in spring 2009.
Lynn Coady is the acclaimed author of three novels, Strange Heaven, Saints of Big Harbour, and Mean Boy, and the fiction collection Play the Monster Blind. She is also the editor of Victory Meat: New Fiction from Atlantic Canada. She lives in Toronto.
Heather O’Neill’s Lullabies for Little Criminals won the CBC’s Canada Reads 2007 and the Hugh MacLennan Prize, and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. A two-time nominee for The Journey Prize, O’Neill lives in Montreal.
Neil Smith’s Bang Crunch was a finalist for the Hugh MacLennan Prize. A three-time nominee for The Journey Prize, Smith has won first prize at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. He lives in Montreal.