English Department Instructor Given Nod for Short Story
Myler Wilkinson’s deep connection with one of the greatest short story writers in history has earned recognition and praise from a distinguished Canadian literary journal.
In the Spring, 2014 edition of The Fiddlehead, the Selkirk College instructor was named the winner of the journal’s 23rd Annual Literary Contest for Best Short Fiction. Wilkinson’s winning short story—The Blood of Slaves—is based on the life of famed Russian writer Anton Chekhov.
“I sent it to the journal without any real feeling that I would win anything at all,” says Wilkinson. “I knew it was a good story and well written, but I didn’t expect to win.”
Selkirk College Instructor Myler Wilkinson with the spring edition of The Fiddlehead which features his award winning short story The Blood of Slaves.
The Fiddlehead is Canada’s longest living literary journal and is published four times a year at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). First published in 1945, The Fiddlehead is known as the who’s who of Canadian literature. Out of the dozens of shortlisted stories submitted for the annual award, UNB writer-in-residence Douglas Glover chose Wilkinson’s entry as the best of the best.
“The idea of writing a story about a Russian writer who died in 1904 and all of the things that made him Russian and important as a writer in the world, is not necessarily a topic that you would think would be immediately interesting to Canadian readers,” says Wilkinson. “I’m so very pleased that he [Glover] saw enough that he put me at the top of quite distinguished list of writers. He saw something there and that means a lot in and of itself. Writing across cultures has become a more important thing these days.”
Wilkinson was instrumental in the creation of the Mir Centre for Peace on the Castlegar Campus. He continues to teach English Literature and in the Peace Studies Program at Selkirk College.
Read the full story at selkirk.ca.