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3rd Place:
"A Striking Effect"

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Cyril Dabydeen

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A Striking Effect


Cyril Dabydeen’s books include My Undiscovered Country/stories (Mosaic Press), God’s Spider/poetry (Peepal Tree Press, UK), My Multi-Ethnic Friends and Other Stories (Guernica), and the anthology Beyond Sangre Grande: Caribbean Writing Today (Mawenzie House). Previous books include: Jogging in Havana (1992), Black Jesus and Other Stories (1996), My Brahmin Days/stories (2000), North of the Equator/stories (2001), and Play a Song Somebody: New/Selected Short Stories (2003). His novel, Drums of My Flesh (Mawenzie House) had been nominated for the 2007 IMPAC/Dublin Prize, and won the top Guyana Prize for fiction.  He has appeared in Best Canadian Short Stories (Oberon Press), Caribbean New Wave: Contemporary Short Stories (Heinemann), and in Oxford and Penguin anthologies, and in over 60 literary magazines, e.g. Poetry (Chicago), Prairie Schooner, The Critical Quarterly, The Warwick Review, Prism International, and  Canadian Literature. He twice won the Okanagan Fiction Prize, and the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for fiction. He is Ottawa Poet Laureate Emeritus.  He has done read widely across Canada, the USA, Europe, the Caribbean, and India. He taught Writing at the University of Ottawa. He juried for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (University of Oklahoma).

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