Sandra Murdock has won the grand prize in CBC’s 2018 non-fiction prize.
Murdock’s “Easy Family Dinners” was selected from more than 2,000 submitted pieces of writing from across the country. The prize comes with a $6,000 award from the Canada Council for the Arts and the story will be published on CBCBooks.ca.
Born in Coldlake, Alta., Murdock has lived across the country, including a time at Memorial University in St. John’s for three years. Her son was born in St. John’s.
The jury, consisting of Scaachi Koul, Graeme Wood, and Kyo Maclear had high praise for the story.
“This story is a small treasure: a model of controlled narrative, irony, and poignant surprise. Its author has a voice of great promise,” wrote the trio in a statement.
After graduating from St. Lawrence Secondary School in Cornwall Ontario, Sandra Murdock spent several years in Victoria BC. She returned to university in Antigonish for a year doing Celtic Studies, then completed her undergraduate studies in Halifax in Irish Studies with a minor in English. She did an MA in Belfast, Northern Ireland before coming to Newfoundland.
Murdock now resides in Dartmouth, N.S.