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1989: Holley Rubinsky for “Rapid Transits”

1990: Cynthia Flood for “My Father Took a Cake to France”

1991: Yann Martel for “The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios”

1992: Rozena Maart for “No Rosa, No District Six”

1993: Gayla Reid for “Sister Doyle's Men”

1994: Melissa Hardy for “Long Man the River”

1995: Kathryn Woodward for “Of Marranos and Gilded Angels”

1996: Elyse Gasco for “Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby?”

1997 (shared): Gabriella Goliger for “Maladies of the Inner Ear” Anne Simpson for “Dreaming Snow”

1998: John Brooke for “The Finer Points of Apples”

1999: Alissa York for “The Back of the Bear's Mouth”

2000: Timothy Taylor for “Doves of Townsend”

2001: Kevin Armstrong for “The Cane Field”

2002: Jocelyn Brown for “Miss Canada”

2003: Jessica Grant for “My Husband's Jump”

2004: Devin Krukoff for “The Last Spark”

2005: Matt Shaw for “Matchbook for a Mother's Hair”

2006: Heather Birrell for “BriannaSusannaAlana”

2007: Craig Boyko for “OZY”

2008: Saleema Nawaz for “My Three Girls”

2009: Yasuko Thanh for “Floating Like the Dead”

2010: Devon Code for “Uncle Oscar”

2011: Miranda Hill for “Petitions to Saint Chronic”

2012: Alex Pugsley for “Crisis on Earth-X”

2013: Naben Ruthnum for “Cinema Rex”

2014: Tyler Keevil for “Sealskin”

2015: Deirdre Dore for “The Wise Baby”

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Indian Journal of Medical Research
(October 2011; 134(4): 507–521).

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The Origin of Species
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The $10,000 Journey Prize is awarded annually to an emerging writer of distinction. This award, now in its twenty-eighth year, and given for the sixteenth time in association with the Writers' Trust of Canada as the Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, is made possible by James A. Michener's generous donation of his Canadian royalty earnings from his novel
, published by McClelland & Stewart in 1988. The Journey Prize itself is the most significant monetary award given in Canada to a developing writer for a short story or excerpt from a fiction work in progress. The winner of this year's Journey Prize will be selected from among the eleven stories in this book.

The Journey Prize Stories
has established itself as the most prestigious annual fiction anthology in the country, introducing readers to the finest new literary writers from coast to coast for more than two decades. It has become a who's who of up-and-coming writers, and many of the authors who have appeared in the anthology's pages have gone on to distinguish themselves with short story collections, novels, and literary awards. The anthology comprises a selection from submissions made by the editors of literary journals from across the country, who have chosen what, in their view, is the most exciting writing in English that they have published in the previous year. In recognition of the vital role journals play in fostering literary voices, McClelland & Stewart makes its own award of $2,000 to the journal that originally published and submitted the winning entry.

This year the selection jury comprised three acclaimed writers:

Kate Cayley
's first collection of short fiction,
How You Were Born
, won the 2015 Trillium Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. She has also published a collection of poetry,
When This World Comes to an End
. She is currently a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre, and has written two plays for Tarragon,
After Akhmatova
The Bakelite Masterpiece
. Her second collection of poetry,
Other Houses
, is forthcoming from Brick Books. She lives in Toronto.

Brian Francis
is the author of two novels. His most recent,
Natural Order
, was selected by the
Toronto Star
, Kobo, and
Georgia Straight
as a Best Book of 2011. His first novel,
, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist and was selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title. He lives in Toronto.

Madeleine Thien
is the author of the story collection
Simple Recipes
, and the novels
Dogs at the Perimeter
, which was shortlisted for Berlin's 2014 International Literature Award and won the Frankfurt Book Fair's 2015 Liberaturpreis. Her books and stories have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her essays have appeared in
, the
, the
Financial Times, Five Dials, Brick
, and elsewhere, and her story “The Wedding Cake” was shortlisted for the 2015
Sunday Times
EFG Short Story Award. A new novel,
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
, will be published in 2016. She lives in Montreal.

The jury read a total of eighty-seven submissions without knowing the names of the authors or those of the journals in which the stories originally appeared. McClelland & Stewart would like to thank the jury for their efforts in selecting this year's anthology and, ultimately, the winner of this year's Journey Prize.

McClelland & Stewart would also like to acknowledge the continuing enthusiastic support of writers, literary journal editors, and the public in the common celebration of new voices in Canadian fiction.

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The Journey Prize Stories
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