Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize

Winner: $10,000; Finalists: $1,000; Magazine: $2,000 
Winner announced November 2, 2016

2016 Journey Prize Winner

Journey Prize Stories 28

Colette Langlois
“The Emigrants” 
Published in PRISM international 

Colette Langlois PRISM international 2016 JourneyPrize

About the Story

“The Emigrants” by Colette Langlois interweaves two times and places, one a historic past, the other a possible future, to explore loneliness and home. The story takes the form of letters: technological communication from the last survivor of an experimental colony on Mars, addressing a world that may no longer be able to, or care to, hear her, and letters from a man who has come to Saskatchewan from England in the late-nineteenth century, and writes home to his sister, knowing he will never see her again. Both writers address themselves to the future with hope, humility, and bravery. Both have reason to despair, and resist. The story blends a coolness of tone with great depth of feeling, and richly imagines what has come before and what is to be. 

-2016 Journey Prize jury Kate Cayley, Brian Francis, and Madeleine Thien

About the Author 

Colette Langlois was raised in the Northwest Territories, and has lived most of her life there when not otherwise wandering the blue-green planet. “The Emigrants,” imagined on the Isle of Iona, written in the Colorado Rockies, and edited in the Algarve, was her first fiction publication. She currently resides in Edmonton, where she is working on a short story collection, a novella, a novel, and a Masters of Science.

About the Magazine

PRISM international 2016 JourneyPrizeEstablished in 1959 by a group of writers based out of UBC’s Creative Writing department, PRISM international was the only Canadian literary magazine west of Toronto at the time. The magazine became a student-run publication in 1977 and has been managed and edited by a veritable Who’s Who of contemporary Canadian writers. While best known for its fiction and poetry, the journal also features works of creative nonfiction, drama, and translation, and reaches an audience of readers in over 40 nations across the world. PRISM international gratefully acknowledges the continued support of UBC’s Creative Writing department, The Canada Council for the Arts, and the BC Arts Council. 






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