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PhD candidate wins CBC Short Story Prize

Weaving together the romance between a woman and her horse and the wonder and majesty of whales earned David Huebert the CBC Short Story Prize.

The English PhD candidate penned Enigma, a tale of a women who is wrestling with ending the life of her beloved horse and the challenge of her partner, Serge, to understand and empathize with this heartfelt pain. The story is intertwined with references to a whale-watching excursion at Digby Neck on the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.

Huebert’s story will be published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. He will receive a 10-day writing residency at The Banff Centre and $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts.

“It’s crazy. I was overwhelmed and surprised and suspected it was a prank,” he joked. “I was obviously deliriously happy.”

Huebert wrote Enigma for the contest and based it on his personal experiences with horses, particularly his mother’s and sister’s love and relationship to the animals, as well as a personal adventure whale-watching.

Huebert joins company with some of Canada’s best writers who received CBC Literary Prizes and went on to receive national and international acclaim since the program began in 1979, such as Shauna Singh Baldwin, George Bowering, Camilla Gibb, Frances Itani, Michael Ondaatje, Leon Rooke, Carol Shields and Michael Winter.

This article appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of Alumni Gazette
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