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Lori Hahnel

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Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero and After You've Gone, and a story collection, Nothing Sacred, which shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. A new collection of short fiction, Vermin: Stories, is forthcoming from Enfield & Wizenty in Fall 2020. Her work has been published widely in North America, Australia and the U.K; her credits include CBC Radio, The Fiddlehead, Joyland and The Saturday Evening Post. Lori teaches creative writing in Calgary. 

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Vermin: Stories (short fiction). Enfield & Wizenty, 2020
After You've Gone (novel). Thistledown, 2014
Nothing Sacred (short fiction). Thistledown Press, 2009
Love Minus Zero (novel). Oberon Press, 2008
"Modern Times" in 40 Below: Alberta's Winter Anthology, Volume 2. Wufniks Press, 2015
"A Writer's Field Guide to Rejections" in Blood on the Floor: How Writers Survive Rejection. Cairn Press, 2014
"Nose Hill Concerto" in The Calgary Project: A City Map in Verse and Visual. Frontenac House, 2014
"Only Known Photograph of Chopin, 1849" in the anthology Freshwater Pearls. Recliner Books, 2011
"The Pass" in The Best of Alberta Anthology. Red Deer Press, 2005
"Nothing Sacred" in Red Light: Superheroes, Saints and Sluts. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2005


"The Quality of Mercy", nominated for an Alberta Literary Award by New Forum Magazine for New Forum, 2019
"Dominion" for Nominated for an Alberta Literary Award by FreeFall Magazine, 2014
"Good Friday at the Westward", nominated for Alberta Magazine Award for The Prairie Journal, 2013
shortlisted, Alberta Literary Award for Nothing Sacred, 2010
honourable mention, CAA Exporting Alberta Award for Nothing Sacred, 2010
finalist, Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award for Love Minus Zero, 2009
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travel Grant, 2009
semi-finalist, Calgary Public Library Foundation Literary Awards for Love Minus Zero, 2009
"Leading Men", Journey Prize, National Magazine and Western Magazine Award nominations for Prairie Fire, 2008
"The Selfish Professor", Journey Prize and National Magazine Award nominations for Prairie Journal, 2006
"Blue Lake" shortlisted in PRISM International Short Fiction Competition for PRISM International, 2005
"The Pass", professional category winner in CBC Radio's Alberta Anthology competition for CBC Radio's Alberta Anthology, 2005
"We Had Faces Then", second place, Alice Munro Festival of Writing contest for Wingham Advance-Times, 2005
"Rain in December", Journey Prize nomination for The Amethyst Review, 2002
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