Carla Pow­ell short­listed for lit­er­ary award

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Carla Pow­ell has been dealt some hard­ship through­out her life, but her con­stant com­pan­ion through it all has been her jour­nals. any means, but I didn’t find it as dif­fi­cult as I made it out to be in my head,” she said. “I had this calm, and it al­lowed space to come for­ward in my mind to have words jump­ing in.”

The there.

She doesn't apol­o­gize for be­ing so per­sonal.

“If you are writ­ing and it makes you slightly un­com­fort­able, it is prob­a­bly go­ing to res­onate with peo­ple.”

She knew the con­test en­try was com­ing up and she worked the piece un­til she felt it was ready to sub­mit. A short time later, she re­ceived an email that she was long listed. On Tues­day morn­ing, Septem­ber 12, she found out she made the short list. This means she is one of 6 fi­nal­ists.

“It was so ex­cit­ing for me be­cause some­how I floated to the top of all th­ese en­tries,” said Pow­ell.

The works were blindly ad­ju­di­cated, and her work was along side dozens of other writ­ers, many who are pub­lished au­thors. Some no­table writ­ers who have won CBC Lit­er­ary prizes in­clude Carol Shields and Michael On­daatje.

“I feel like I have al­ready won. There is a eu­pho­ria in me that I feel my writ­ing has merit,” she said.

The win­ner will be re­vealed on Septem­ber 19. The award is ad­ju­di­cated by Car­men Aguirre, Dave Bi­dini and Char­lotte Gray. story un­folded from it

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