Ten stories have been chosen for the 2019 BC Short shortlist, a fiction contest sponsored by the Federation of British Columbia Writers. This year’s judge is JJ Lee, the prominent author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, shortlisted for the 2011 Governor General’s Award for English non-fiction and the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize.
“We’re impressed with the high level of writing that came in from around the province and country,” said contest founder and FBCW board member Jacqueline Carmichael. “We look forward to the BC Short growing annually.”
The selected stories are:
“Darkling Beetle” by Barbara Black (Victoria, BC)
“The Pie” by greg blee
“1/32nd African American” & “Hogtied” by Dean Gessie (Midland, Ontario)
“Blind Luck” by Wiley Ho (North Vancouver, BC)
“The Dad” by Diana Jones (Victoria, BC)
“The Rain Won’t Come” by Mary MacDonald (Whistler, BC)
“Nothing Too Stupid” by Janet Miller (Vancouver Island, BC)
“If It Weren’t For You Kids” by Kaya Silver
“Ghosting” by Jill M. Talbot (Vancouver, BC)
The winner of the $350 first prize will be announced on July 30, 2019, and the winning story published in the fall issue of WordWorks, the magazine of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. The BC Short, an annual competition for original, unpublished stories between 1,200 and 2,000 words, invited fiction submissions from across Canada.