Becky Blake (2009) has received this national recognition for her story "The Three Times Rule," which you can read in full on CBC's website.
The story bears witness to a moment between two lovers who are, still, strangers.
"With this particular story, I wanted it to feel very spare. The characters don’t know much about each other, so I wanted the reader to also feel a slight lack, an unsatisfied desire maybe," said Becky.
This writer likens short stories to "little mysteries."
"An idea springs up and I don’t know why. Then I spend a long time writing about it, until eventually I can sleuth out its motives."
Sleuth out, peer into, pare back: this was Becky's process. So was workshopping the story with friends and fellow grads, Ayelet Tsabari and Kathy Friedman. "Both had comments that really helped me to figure out which elements of the story were working, and which sections I’d pared down a little too much."