Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize

The Writers' Trust Of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to a new and developing writer of distinction for a short story published in a Canadian literary publication. The winner, selected by a three-member, independent judging panel, is announced at the Writers' Trust Awards event.

This award is made possible by James A. Michener's generous donation of his Canadian royalty earnings from his novel Journey, published by McClelland & Stewart in 1988. Michener was an American author of more than 40 titles. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948 for Tales of the South Pacific.

The Journey Prize is worth $10 000 for the winning writer. It 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. McClelland & Stewart gives its own award of $2000 to the literary publication that originally published and submitted the winning entry.

The winner of the Journey Prize is selected from among the stories that appear in the current volume of The Journey Prize Stories, published annually in the fall by McClelland & Stewart. For over a decade The Journey Prize Stories has become a who's who of up-and-coming writers, and many of the authors whose early work has appeared in the anthology have gone on to distinguish themselves with acclaimed collections of stories or novels.

The Writers' Trust of Canada has administered the Journey Prize since 2001. Recent recipients include Jessica Grant, Matt Shaw, Heather Birrell, Saleema Nawaz, Craig Boyko and Yasuko Thanh.