Vancouver Anna Ling Kaye’s short story Nesting Season is one of five stories vying for top prize
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CBC Books along with its partners the Canada Council for the Arts and Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, announced today the five finalists vying for the grand prize that will be announced on April 28.
Kaye is a writer and editor based in Vancouver. She has an MFA from the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing program. Her fiction by Ella won the 2021 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award and has been shortlisted for the PEN Canada New Voices Prize and the Journey Prize.
“I’m amazed and thrilled that Nesting Season has found a place on this impressive shortlist, and I am so grateful to the accomplished contest readers and jury for connecting with the piece. The story is close to my heart as it shows one facet of the Asian Canadian experience during the early days of the pandemic,” said Kaye in an email. “The CBC prizes inspire such courageous writing by Canadian creatives every year: it’s community at work, and I feel so lucky to be part of it.”
Joining Kaye on the list are Susanna Cupido from Sackville, NB with Me Against Jim Bailey; Toronto’s Jeremy Elder with Desire Path; Windsor’s Nancy Hui Sulaiman’s Dinner with Friends and Beneath the Softness of Snow from Montreal writer Chanel M. Sutherland.
In addition to a cash prize of $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the grand prize winner will receive a two-week writing residency at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity and will be published on the CBC Books website. The four other finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will be published on CBC Books.
In other literary prize news two Vancouver writers have been shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets Book Awards.
Selina Boan’s debut poetry collection Undoing Hours has landed on the shortlists for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.
Dallas Hunt’s debut collection Creeland was named to the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award shortlist.
Boan is a white settler — nehiyaw poet and editor whose work has been published widely, including in The Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and 2020 collections. Her awards include Room’s 2018 Emerging Writer Award and the 2017 National Magazine Award for Poetry.
Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty Eight territory in northern Alberta. An assistant professor of Indigenous literatures at the University of British Columbia, Hunt has had work published in Contemporary Verse 2, Prairie Fire, PRISM international and Arc Poetry. His 2018 children’s book, Awâsis and the World-famous Bannock, was nominated for several awards.
The League of Canadian Poets Book Awards will be announced in May.
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