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Franco-British Council Short Story Prize

Earlier this month an expert panel awarded the annual Prospect/Franco-British Council prize for a short story inspired by France. The winning stories are reproduced below

By Prospect   July 2011


1st Prize: Emile Nelligan est Mort, by Iona Carmichael

After finding you in his company, I held Émile Nelligan in my hands. Although slim and delicate as a fish bone, he was heavy with a language I didn’t understand. I took him to the bridge. I leant over its side. January’s remains were starved and seagull-grey. The river was a spill of ink. When the leftovers of the day finally coloured the sky, I drowned him.

It began the day the clouds gathered and dropped hints of snow. December held its breath. My brain was…

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