Transatlantic is thrilled to congratulate Sharon Butala who is shortlisted for the 2019 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for her brilliant short story collection SEASON OF FURY AND WONDER (Coteau Books)!

“This fearless collection of short stories addresses head-on the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of aging women. The protagonists in these stories do not just rage against the dying of the light; they grab it by the throat, forcing the reader to confront uncomfortable and revelatory truth concerning what it is to age in a female body. Inspired by canonical stories such as John Cheever’s ‘The Swimmer,’ James Joyce’s ‘The Dead,’ and Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery,’ Butala reinvigorates aging myths and the writing craft itself. Season of Fury and Wonder is poetic, flawless, and unflinching.”  — Jury citation (Dennis Bock, Michael Kaan, and Suzette Mayr)

The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent for the year’s best novel or short story collection as selected by a three-member, independent judging panel.

The 2019 winner will be announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony on November 5th. For more information, please visit

Congratulations also to Sharon’s agent Marilyn Biderman!