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Shashi Bhat, a former colleague in Dal's English Department, has won this year's Writer's Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story, "Mute"

Posted by Communications Officer on December 4, 2018 in News

We are very excited to announce that Shashi Bhat, a former colleague in our English Department, has won this year’s Writer’s Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story, “Mute” (first published in the autumn 2017 issue of The Dalhousie Review)! The Journey Prize is awarded annually to an emerging writer of distinction for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. (In association with the prize, McClelland & Stewart annually publishes The Journey Prize Stories anthology, a collection of the longlisted stories.)

A prize jury was composed of Sharon Bala, Kerry Clare, and Zoey Leigh Peterson. Here is their citation:

In Shashi Bhat’s “Mute,” rooms open into other rooms, and each one is furnished with an inventory of meticulous detail, right down to the roaches scuttling across the floor and the narrator who puts on heels to rise above them. It is a story about fear and loneliness, failed connections and existential questions, as well as a darkly funny take on academia, literary snobbery, and popular culture. This is a story where sentences sparkle, each one laying down the path toward a perfect and most unsettling conclusion.

About the Author: Shashi Bhat holds an MFA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. Her stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Grain, The Dalhousie Review, Journey Prize Stories 24, and other publications. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her debut novel, The Family Took Shape (Cormorant, 2013), was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Shashi is the editor of EVENT magazine and teaches creative writing at Douglas College.

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