Saltair-based writer Krista May has been longlisted for the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize.
May is one of 33 writers chosen out of over 3,000 entrants. Her story Tiny Sores was inspired by a trip to Thetis Island.
“I met a little girl on the ferry. She was with her mother — she had a big bag of storybooks and she wandered over to where I was sitting, took a book out of her bag, and started to show it to me. Her mother didn’t call her away or say ‘don’t bug the lady’, that’s so rare these days because everybody is stuck in their cell phones or tablets. There was something about that whole trip that was kind of magical for me,” May said.
This isn’t May’s first competition. She placed second in the 2018 Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize competition and second in the 2019 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. She has also been shortlisted for the 2020 Pulp Literature Raven Short Story Contest and The Fiddlehead’s 2020 Fiction Contest.
May is working on a short story anthology. Many of her stories take place in small Canadian towns and are based on her life experiences.
Before arriving on Saltair, May lived on Salt Spring Island and in the Ladysmith/Chemainus area. She moved to the area from Manitoba in 1988 to be with her family and spent seven years in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.
May did not make the short list for the CBC Short Story Prize, but she says she’s happy she was even chosen at all. Only the stories of shortlisted writers were published by the CBC so that longlisted writers have the opportunity to publish their work elsewhere.