Wilkinson’s “The Duel” Published in Numéro Cinq

Respected Online Literary Journal Features Short Story


Selkirk College English Instructor Myler Wilkinson’s short story that follows two famous Russian authors to their tragic end has found its way into a highly respected online international journal.

In the current issue of Numéro Cinq, Wilkinson’s story “The Duel” is one of the featured works. The story follows two of the greatest Russian writers—Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov—on their ways to the duels that end their lives in the early 1800s.

Myler in Numero Cinq

Wilkinson's work has caught the eye of famed Canadian author Douglas Glover on two occasions this year.

Numéro Cinq was founded by Canadian author and Governor General Award winner Douglas Glover. While the Writer in Residence at the University of New Brunswick, Glover was charged with helping select the Fiddlehead 2014 Fiction Prize this past year. Glover chose Wilkinson’s The Blood of Slaves—a story based on the life and death of Russian writer Anton Chekhov—as the winner of the distinguished award.

This past summer Glover emailed Wilkinson asking if he had anything he might want to share in Numéro Cinq. Douglas wrote back saying he was very interested in Russian duels, so Wilkinson put the final edits on “The Duel,” a story he started two years ago, and it was accepted.


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