Don McLellan shortlisted for 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Apr 3, 2016 – Commonwealth Writers

Don McLellan, the Libros Libertad author of the 2008 short story collection In the Quiet After Slaughter, a ReLit Award finalist, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his unpublished entry "Children of the Zocalo". The Vancouver journalist, whose second story collection, Brunch with the Jackals, was published by Thistledown Press last year, was one of 26 finalists – and one of two Canadians – selected from nearly 4,000 entries from 47 countries. Stories translated into English were also eligible. The panel of five international judges also shortlisted Trent Lewin, an environmental civil engineer from Waterloo, Ontario, for his story "Vestigial". Five regional winners, each of whom will receive $4,670 Cdn, will be announced May 4; the overall winner be will be announced in early September and take home $9,340, one of the highest amounts for an international short story prize. McLellan's submission was inspired by a homeless shoeshine boy he met while hitchhiking through Mexico in the 1970s.

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