Local author wins CBC prize
Kelowna author Alix Hawley has been awarded the CBC Short Story Prize for her short story, Witching.
“The story is about a soldier coming back from Afghanistan and his girlfriend finding him changed and trying to deal with that,” said Hawley.
After being inspired by an article about plastic surgery following the First World War, Hawley wrote Witching in only a couple of days.
“I always enjoy seeing what comes out of your subconscious when you start putting things down on the paper,” she said. “It’s always a surprise to me how the story ends up.”
As the grand prize winner, Hawley will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, and her story will be published in the May edition of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine.
She will also receive a 10day writing residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
“I’m finishing a book, and that time and space there will be really helpful,” said Hawley.
“You get to stay in a cabin in the woods and work; it’s the most inspiring place.”
You can read her story at: cbc.ca/books/2017/04/witching.html.
Kelowna author Alix Hawley’s short story, Witching, won the CBC Short Story contest.