We are proud to share that among twenty-nine writers from across Canada that have been longlisted for the 2024 CBC Short Story Prize, two are Transatlantic clients!

Vincent Anioke for his story Leave A Funny Message At The Beep, and Zilla Jones for her story How to Make a Friend.

The winner of the 2024 CBC Short Story Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and attend a two-week writing residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The four remaining finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

The shortlist will be announced on April 18 and the winner will be announced on April 25.

Vincent Anioke is a Nigerian-Canadian software engineer. His short stories have appeared in The Ex-Puritan, The Rumpus, The Masters Review, Carve Magazine and Passages North. He won the 2021 Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence and has been shortlisted for multiple contests, including the 2023 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His debut short story collection, Perfect Little Angels, was released in April 2024.

His story Utopia was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize twice, in 2021 and 2023.

Vincent is represented by Carolyn Forde.

Zilla Jones is an African-Canadian woman writing on Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg). Her stories appear in Prairie Fire, The Malahat Review, Prism International, The Fiddlehead, FreeFall Magazine, the Ex-Puritan, Room Magazine, Bayou Magazine and The Journey Prize Stories. In 2023, she was a Journey Prize winner and a finalist in the Writers’ Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She has also won the Malahat Review Open Season Award, the Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction, the FreeFall short fiction award and placed second in the Prairie Fire and Austin Clarke contests. Her debut novel, The World So Wide, and a short fiction collection, So Much To Tell, are forthcoming with Cormorant Books in 2025 and 2026.

Jones previously made the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize longlist for Our Father and has longlisted twice for earlier versions of How to Make a Friend, in 2022 and 2023.

Zilla is represented by Léonicka Valcius.

Congratulations Vincent and Zilla!