Every Year, The Telegram runs a short story competition. The top 30 entries or so are bound together in an ongoing anthology: The Cuffer Prize Anthology. And a winner wins $2,000, a 2nd place winner $1000, and a 3rd place winner, $500.
The story needs only be set in Newfoundland, and perform the remarkable task of being a whole, satisfying read in just 1,200 words or less.
2014: Beth Ryan
2013: Eva Crocker
2012: Wanda Nolan
2011: Grant Loveys
2010: Joel Thomas Hynes
2009: Chad Pelley
2008: Josh Pennell
This year’s shortlist sees two former winners — Eva Crocker and Grant Loveys — vying for the prize, alongside a publisher (Beth Follett), and visual artist (Jennifer Morgan, daughter of Bernice). We’re proud to see Overcast contributor Kerri Cull is on there with not one, but two stories. Several newcomers to Cuffer glory are also in the running.
This year’s shortlist:
Bridget Canning’s “Hands in Pockets”
Eva Crocker’s “Sightings”
Kerri Cull’s “What Do You Know about Wrestling”
Kerri Cull’s “Where We Hang Our Dresses”
Beth Follett’s “The End of Snow”
Joshua Goudie’s “Are You My Daughter?”
Grant Loveys’ “Only Skin”
Jim McEwen’s “Held”
Jennifer Morgan’s “Family Photos”
Margaret L. Smith’s “Strings Attached”