This fiction anthology sets itself apart from others in that editors of literary publications -- both print and online -- from across the country submit what, in their view, is the most exciting writing in English they have published in the previous year. The stories included in the anthology are contenders for the $10,000 Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, which 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.
JANE WERNER was one of the original editors of Little Golden Books. NIKKI SHANNON SMITH is an elementary school principal in California. CLEMENT C. MOORE wrote “The Night Before Christmas” for his children in 1822. SHEILAH BECKETT had a 60-year career with Golden Books, and illustrated The Nutcracker at age 99. J. P. MILLER illustrated many popular Little Golden Books from the 1940s through the 1970s, some by such notable writers as Margaret Wise Brown.
• "The collection consistently does what the oeuvre does best: communicate intense emotion with force, give life to characters that struggle with their circumstances, illuminate the universal through the specific and the particular, and turn the commonplace into art." -- Globe and Mail