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Austin Clarke is the Co-Winner of the Writer at Any Career Point for the Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Competition

We are so pleased for Austin Clarke, who is the new Co-Winner of the Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Competition in the Writer at Any Career Point category for his work They Never Told Me.

The $15,000 Short Fiction Competition Awards Evening will be held on Saturday, June 15, at The Turf Lounge (for a third time), in Toronto. This is a ticketed event; details on how to attend will be available in about one week at $95 gets you a scrumptious three course dinner, a copy of the CVC3 Anthology ($19.95 value), as well as the Autumn-release short story collections by years’ one and two winners Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Christine Miscione ($36.98 value) as well as a copy of ELQ/Exile The Literary Quarterly ($9.95 value).

Austin Clarke is set to release a new book with Guernica Editions this Spring entitled Where the Sun Shines Best. The book is about three Canadian soldiers awaiting deployment to war in Afghanistan who beat a homeless man to death on the steps of their armoury after a night of heavy drinking. The poet, whose downtown Toronto home overlooks the armoury and surrounding park, describes the crime, its perpetrators, the victim, and a cast of homeless witnesses that includes the woman, a prostitute, who first alerts police. The subsequent trial evokes reflection on the immigrant experience the poet shares with one of the accused, and on the agony of that young soldier’s mother. From Kandahar to Bridgetown to Missisauga, Ontario, Where the Sun Shines Best encompasses a tragedy of epic scope, a lyrical meditation on poverty, racism and war, and a powerful indictment of the ravages of imperialism.

Congratulations to the winners, and all those who made the long and short lists! Hopefully you can make it out on June 15 to celebrate an evening of great writing, and great writers!

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