HarperCollinsPublishers, The Cooke Agency and the University of British Columbia announced today the shortlist for the third annual HarperCollinsPublishers/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.
The prize is a collaboration of HarperCollinsPublishers, The Cooke Agency and the University of British Columbia, and is open to currently enrolled students and previous graduates of the UBC Creative Writing Program. The annual winner of the prize will be offered literary representation by The Cooke Agency and an advance and a contract to be published by HarperCollinsPublishers.
The shortlisted works are:
BETWEEN THE WIND AND US, by Iranian-Canadian author Nazanine Hozar, is a sweeping novel set against the political turmoil of Iran between 1953 and 1979, following the life of a girl who is abandoned by her family at birth and the network of people affected by her;
LEARNING TO BREATHE, by British Columbia based Janice Lynn Mather, is an engaging young adult novel that tells the story of a Caribbean teenager who is sent from home by her mother to live with an uncaring aunt in Nassau, where she must find the strength to overcome society’s low expectations of her;
AT THE TOP OF THE WALL, ALIGHT, by Sudbury author Natalie Morrill, was previously nominated for the prize, and we were pleased to consider the substantially revised manuscript again for this year’s award. This powerful, accomplished novel follows the life of a Viennese Jew who is separated from his family during the Second World War and aided by a close friend, who is also a member of the Nazi party.
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