2013 Journey Prize Finalist

Journey Prize 25

Eliza Robertson
For "My Sister Sang"

Published by Grain Magazine

Eliza Robertson

About the Story

A deftly-told story of two eavesdroppers, one a linguist, the other, professionally tuned to acoustics, who listen – over and over – to every scrap of a tragedy. Well-timed and yet still carefully fractured enough to be jarring, Eliza Robertson’s “My Sister Sang” is a marvel of unexpected directions and sharp edges. Even with the distance and detachment of its characters from the centre of its disaster, there is no easy peace, no mere scientific examination of cause and effect: this is writing as carefully crafted and fine as pastry, with thin, perfect layers where every line serves to strengthen the rest.

About the Author 

Eliza Robertson grew up on Vancouver Island. She studied writing and political science at the University of Victoria, and pursued her MA in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she received the UEA Booker Scholarship and the Curtis Brown Prize. Shehas been twice long-listed for the Journey Prize and was a finalist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize. She is the regional and overall winner for the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She now lives in England, where she has started a PhD.






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Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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