In 2018, British author and editor Bridget Lawless founded a prize for excellence in thrillers that do not portray violence against women.
In 2020, I have been longlisted for the Staunch Prize for short fiction for my story, “My Two-Legs.”
The heroine of my story is a golden retriever named Star who’s locked in a car when her owner (her “two-legs”) disappears. I enjoyed the challenge of a protagonist who couldn’t talk and who has no opposable thumbs, trying to escape a car, find her “two-legs,” and figure out who tried to kill him.
It’s a huge honour for me to join the long list of authors, chosen from hundreds of submissions around the world.
I believe in a prize that aims for a better world, namely a world that doesn’t rely on female victims for entertainment. You can still write those stories, as I have myself, but I’m fiercely glad there is a prize for those of us who choose to avoid it.
I spoke in favour of the prize on CBC Radio’s The Current in 2018.
Now I’m thrilled to join the ranks of Staunch’s longlisted authors:
Short Story Longlist
Dalia Dehnavi – Anything In This Country
Malia Márquez – A House So Beautiful
Neal Amandus Gellaco – The Mechanic
Raymond Lee – Carson McLure, Senior Sales Associate
Haley Magrill – Flyer
Susan Morritt – I’ve Got The Sauce If You’ve Got The Pasta
Mark Putzi – Another Day
Gabrielle Rupert – Manik
Polly Sharpe – No Place Like Home
Laura Stanley – Mrs Hawkins and The Orchard
Judy Upton – The Lion
Melissa Yi – My Two-Legs
Flash Fiction Longlist
Hayley-Jenifer Brennan – The Woman In Red Takes The Stand
Georgia Cook – A Stickler For Convention
David Davies – When The Noise Stopped
Mary-Jane Harbottle – Gold Shoes, Wrong Feet
Ryan Hays – See You Later
Tim Kelleher – Boxed In
Jennifer Shneiderman – Medium Well
Sophia Zhang – 1950s Washing Day
On October 1st, they will share the shortlist, then announce the winner on October 12th.
Best of luck, everyone, and keep writing!