Jo Hatherly is a former journalist with the Times Colonist newspaper whose work has been published across Canada. She is a Canadian Association of Journalism finalist for her coverage on the national DNA databank, a national short-fiction finalist and author of a Swiss travel blog followed by readers from over 150 countries. Born in Manitoba, she has lived in Spain, Australia, the United States and Switzerland. She lives in Victoria and cottages in Ontario. She was a Short Prose Competition finalist in 2014 with her story "The Canal Duckling" and in 2016 with "The Swimmer." She is currently working on a book inspired by cottage guestbook entries and the untold stories behind them. Learn more at www.johatherly.com.
The Short Prose Competition, established in 1993 in honour of the Union’s 20th anniversary, aims to discover, encourage and promote new writers of short prose who have published up to a maximum of one work in book format, in order to provide opportunity and exposure to developing writers. This year, seventeen Union members donated their time and expertise to read 481 submissions and distill them into a long list of eighty-nine stories. These stories went on to a second round of eighteen who selected the finalists to pass on to the jury: Deborah Campbell, Melanie Mah and Daniel David Moses.
"Running in Circles” by Jo Hatherly, Victoria, BC
- All for Robby, Barbara Baker, Calgary, AB
- Urchin, Anni Bartlett, Hamilton, ON
- No Entry, Colin Brezicki, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
- Child Bride, Deborah Elderhorst, Toronto, ON
- Served Cold, Stephen Hunt, Battersea, ON
- Beijing Spring, Ivy Lerner-Frank, Ottawa, ON
- Hook an Anger, Tara McGuire, North Vancouver, BC
- Confession, Mohammed Mia, Toronto, ON
- Laundry Day, Christina Myers, Surrey, BC
- Silver Boxes, Tatiana Peet, Edmonton, AB
- Things I Miss # 12, Suzie Taylor, Harbour Grace, NL
The 25th annual Short Prose Competition is supported by Sure Print & Design.
The Writers' Union of Canada is our country's national organization representing professional authors of books. Founded in 1973, the Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada, and promoting the rights, freedoms and economic well-being of all writers. For more information, please visit www.writersunion.ca.
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DATE: June 15, 2018