PEI writer shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2023

Prince Edward Island author Trevor Corkum has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2023.

His story Lost Boys tells the story of Gideon, a 17-year old boy sent to a re-education camp for gay teenagers by his religious parents.

The 48-year-old from Prince Edward Island is one of only two Canadians (along with Mehdi M. Kashani from Ontario) on a shortlist of six for the Canada/Europe regional prize. The overall prize will be announced on June 27th, so keep your eye out for the exciting announcement!

Island writer named Hideout residency scholarship winner

PEI-based Hideout residencies designed for writers, artists, wellness practitioners

PEI writer (and PEIWG Board of Director member!) Lauren Jean Lawlor has been named this year’s Hideout residency scholarship winner. The scholarship will allow Lawlor to attend a one-week self-directed fall writing residency at The Hideout, a boutique retreat and vacation property located in North Tryon, PEI. 

“We created the Hideout residencies as a low-cost opportunity for writers, wellness practitioners, and other artists to remove themselves from responsibilities and dedicate themselves fully to their creative and personal practice,” says Trevor Corkum, co-owner of The Hideout. “Lauren’s project is a great fit for our residency program and we look forward to welcoming her to The Hideout this fall.” 

Lauren Jean Lawlor is a writer currently based in Charlottetown. She was shortlisted for the Irving Layton Fiction Prize and her work has appeared in carte blanche and at the Neighbourhood Film Festival. During her time at the Hideout, Lawlor plans to work on a short story collection that re-imagines queer narratives in rural spaces.

To learn more about the Hideout residency program, visit the residency website

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