Being far too humble to mention it herself, one of our very own associate editors here at Dappled Things was recently shortlisted for the HarperCollins Canada/UBC Best New Fiction Prize – congratulations, Natalie Morrill!
UBC (or, the University of British Columbia) is one of Canada’s best universities (often ranked in the 30’s in terms of the world’s top) and has a highly prestigious MFA program from which Natalie graduated recentlyish. Anyways, HarperCollins apparently has a habit of culling the top thesis projects from their graduating students and throwing them in a pot from which they draw a handful (three this year) that are in the running for insta-publication and New-Fiction glory. Or something like that.
Anyways, Natalie’s manuscript, entitled At the Top of the Wall, Alight, made the cut – and they’ll be making the decision about the winner at the end of the month. You can find the press release for the shortlist here.
Disclaimer: they totally misquoted the press release. It should say “AT THE TOP OF THE WALL, ALIGHT, by Sudbury author Natalie Morrill, is a sweeping epic of the Second World War, following the life of a Viennese Jew, his family and the close friend who aided them despite his position in the Nazi party.”
Instead it reads: “At the Top of the Wall, Alight by Sudbury author Natalie Morrill follows the life of a Viennese Jew, who is a member of the Nazi party during the Second World War.”
Note to aspiring writers: rein in your press releases. Otherwise your main characters may surprisingly find themselves a Nazi.
Congrats, Natalie, and good luck!