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Coconut Dreams: CBC Short Story longlist

The CBC announced the longlist yesterday for this year’s CBC Short Story Prize. I was thrilled to find my story “Coconut Dreams” on the list.

“Coconut Dreams” is set during a summer heat wave, and tells the story of the relationship between two boys in an inner-city Halifax neighbourhood. One of the CBC readers, Amber Dawn–whose own work I love–talked about it being a story about characters who struggle to conform or please others, and I think that’s true.

The CBC Short Story Prize is considered one of the most prestigious awards for a single short story in Canada. Many stars in the CanLit world have been previously recognized by the CBC Literary Awards. With thousands of entries submitted to the prizes each year, it’s humbling to be among the company of other Canadian writers I admire — people like Amanda Leduc, Liz Windhorst Harmer, Rhonda Douglas, and Lori McNulty.

Five finalists for the Prize will be announced by the CBC on March 10.