We have decided to present the 2007 Metcalf-Rooke Award to the work of Rebecca Rosenblum. Rebecca’s writing is daring, extraordinary, and proof of a sterling imagination. Her collection of short stories, Once, shows considerable vigour and originality. Rebecca has a striking ability to “see things new,” and she comes at these stories from a fresh, slanted, beguiling, unfamiliar angle. Many of these stories are wondrous. Thrilling, in fact. Rebecca’s strongest work invariably contains soul-awakening surprises that fill a reader with wonder. The best of her stories are, we think, rather brilliant.-- John Metcalf & Leon Rooke
Rebecca Rosenblum completed her MA in English and Creative Writing at the
Rebecca will receive a $1500.00 prize, a publishing contract with Biblioasis (with Once set for Fall 2008 publication), a regional book tour (including an appearance at the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival), a leather bound copy of her book, and a special pre-publication profile in The New Quarterly.
The other shortlisted titles are: Grant Buday for his novel, Dragonflies; Bruce Johnson for his novel Firmament; and J.J. Steinfeld for his collection of short fiction, Contemplating Madnesses. Congratulations to all for their fine work.
The 2007 Metcalf-Rooke Award is co-sponsored by Steven Temple Books, The New Quarterly and Biblioasis.