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Our Nominees for the 2020 Journey Prize: Finding the Best of Canada's New Writers

by - Monday, February 10, 2020

The Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize recognizes the year’s best short story by an emerging writer first published in a Canadian literary journal or anthology. The prize is supported by James A. Michener’s donation of his Canadian royalty earnings from his novel Journey. In association with the prize, McClelland & Stewart annually publishes The Journey Prize Stories anthology, a collection of the longlisted stories. The winner is announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards in Toronto. —Directly quoted from the Writers' Trust website.


We are thrilled that the fine folks at The Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart have once again invited Blank Spaces to put forth three emerging writers we were privileged enough to feature in 2019.

Nominees must be Canadian and new on the publishing scene, and their submitted piece must have been published for the first time in a literary magazine. The winner will receive $10,000 with two finalist prizes of $1,000 each. The nominating magazine will also receive a $2,000 prize if their submission wins.

We are very pleased to be nominating three writers from our 2019 library!

Craig Clark for Glown
Dorothy Jane Kavanaugh for Agentis
Brian Moore for Summer, Heading North

Congratulations to our nominees! Decisions are in the hands of the Journey Prize team. Good luck to everyone!

Craig Clark is a writer who lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife and daughter. His work has been featured in various publications including the Toronto Star, the Hamilton Spectator, and Urbanicity. He is passionate about education with a focus on the impact of media on youth and culture.

Dorothy Jane Kavanaugh is a retired Speech and Language Pathologist and has published non-fiction in her professional journal and poetry in “Whiskey Sour City,” Black Moss Press.  She is presently a student in the Master of Literature and Creative Writing Programme at the University of Windsor in Ontario. “Agentis” is one story from her novel The Little River Bridge and was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Windsor with her cat, Mr. Yeats.

Brian Moore lives in Toronto where he worked as a project manager. He grew up in Grey County, north of the city, and still thinks of the backroads and farmland of Grey as home. He was previously published in On Spec magazine.

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