J.R. McCONVEY

Two stories selected for the Journey Prize Stories 28

September 2, 2016

I’m extremely pleased that two of my stories, “Home Range” and “How the Grizzly Came to Hang in the Royal Oak Hotel,” have been selected for inclusion in the 28th Journey Prize Stories anthology.

“Home Range” was originally published in The Malahat Review, and went on to win the Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction, recognizing the best short story or novella to have appeared in the magazine in the previous calendar year. Judge Marina Endicott called the story “tense and believable… Uncomfortable, uncompromising writing.” I call it a noir fable inspired by hardcore music, The Shawshank Redemption, Season 2 of The Wire, and the raccoons that skulk around my garage all summer.

Thanks to John Barton and the staff at the Malahat Review for their enthusiasm for this story.

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“Grizzly” was first published in the New Westminster, B.C.-based journal, EVENT. It tells the story of what happens when a bear gets loose in an upscale downtown hotel, and draws on stories about how veterans feel they’re being underserved by the institutions that sent them to fight.

Thanks to Shashi Bhat, Christine Dewar, Ian Cockfield and the staff at EVENT for publishing the story, and to the Journey Prize jury for selecting it for the anthology.