CHRISTINA BROBBY’S “Moon in Fragments” WINS $2,500 CASH PRIZE IN SHORT PROSE COMPETITION

The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce that Christina Brobby has won the $2,500 cash prize for its 29th annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, for the best story under 2,500 words, with her piece “Moon in Fragments.” In addition, the Union will submit the winning story and the eleven other shortlisted stories to three Canadian magazine publishers for their consideration. 

WINNER
“Moon in Fragments” by Christina Brobby, Whitehorse, YT

The jury comprised of Tanya Boteju, Wayne Grady, and Thea Lim noted, “A beautiful, inventive, subtle experiment in form and definition. The repeated moon images create just the right atmosphere, and that mood is constant. By staying in place yet moving forward with the phases of the moon, the speaker conveys a lifelong desire to find a home or a place of origin -- without actually ever saying so! A confident and sure voice.”

Photo of Christina BrobbyChristina Brobby is a recent graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. Her non-fiction pieces have appeared in a number of literary journals and Canadian anthologies including Black Writers Matter (edited by Whitney French). Christina was the winner of the Malahat Review’s 2020 Constance Rooke Creative Non-fiction contest. She lives in the Yukon on the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council, and recently gave up her day job as a lawyer to finish some of her writing projects, including a memoir about finding her first family.

This year, 29 Union members donated their time and expertise to read 482 submissions and distill them into a long list of 120 stories. These stories went on to a second round of 29 readers who selected the finalists to pass on to the jury: 

FINALISTS

  • “Saint Medard’s Day,” Tomas Andel, Edmonton, AB
  • “Blow Up,” Graham Arnold, Ajax, ON
  • “The Plus-One,” Ted Beaton, Oro-Medonte, ON
  • “State of Being,” Simone Garneau, Westmount, QC
  • “Submerged,” John Hart, Toronto, ON
  • “The Boys,” Kitty Hoffman, Montreal, QC
  • “Before the Bell,” Zilla Jones, Winnipeg, MB
  • “In the Dying Room,” Sheila Martineau, Vancouver, BC
  • “The Gulf,” Yohani Mendis, Toronto, ON
  • “Death of a Sparrow,” Polly Phokeev, Toronto, ON
  • “Lonnie’s Ducks,” W. Rogers, Crooks Creek, MB

FINAL JURY
Tanya Boteju, Wayne Grady, and Thea Lim

​READERS FOR THE COMPETITION
Alison Acheson, Rona Altrows, Mary Barnes, Sylvia Barrett, Diane Bator, Sean Paul Bedell, Carolyn Bennett, Lucy Black, Astrid Blodgett, Ross Breithaupt, Kevin Burns, Pam Bustin, Mark Cardwell, Jacqueline Carmichael, Genevieve Chornenki, John Corcelli, Myrl Coulter, Giulia De Gasperi, Deborah De Lange, Marjorie DeLuca, Susan Doherty, Katherine Fawcett, Sharon French, Matthew Fries, Susan Goldberg, Leslie Greentree, Leif Gregersen, Jane Harris-Zsovan, Yolande House, Liz Johnston, Sandra Kasturi, Joseph Kertes, Alexis Kienlen, Jerry Levy, Aric McBay, rob mclennan, Terry Murray, Shari Narine, Janet Nicol, Kamal Parmar, Pamela Paterson, Daniel Perry, Maria Pidgorna, Janetta Platana, Edeet Ravel, Rick Revelle, Brian Rigg, Syr Ruus, Mike Ryan, Susan Sanford Blades, Therese Shea, Susan Smith-Josephy, Rea Tarvydas, Craig Terlson, Paula Todd, Bryna Wasserman, Susan White, Kevin Wilson

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For additional information
Kristina Cuenca, Membership & Engagement Coordinator
The Writers’ Union of Canada
twuc@writersunion.ca