by Elizabeth Murphy
Carleton University alumna Leah Mol (BJ/10), a graduate of the School of Journalism and Communication, is the winner of the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize. Mol’s original fiction, Lipstick Day, rose to the top of more than 2,200 nationwide submissions to secure the English-language honour.
Lipstick Day was praised by the CBC’s competition jury for its portrayal of the complicated subject matter of teenage sexuality, sexism and social pressure through the frank perspective of a high school girl.
The short story competition opened to writers across the country last fall. The fiction pieces are required to range in length from 1,200 to 1800 words. The 2018 competition will open Sept. 1.
As the grand prizewinner, Mol receives a $6,000 award from the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as a 10-day writer’s residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Lipstick Day has been published on the CBC Books website and can be found here: http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/lipstick-day-by-leah-mol-1.4593511
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