Jolley Prize 2017 (Winner): 'Pheidippides' by Eliza Robertson

At the first interview, I sat in a plastic canteen chair while Berkeley lay under a towel and a woman with spiked hair dug into the cords of his thigh. He rested his chin on his forearms so he could talk, his eyes boring into my notebook, as if he could read the questions upside-down from the massage table. His blonde eyebrows faded into his skin and made his forehead look overdeveloped.

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Eliza Robertson

Eliza Robertson

Eliza Robertson studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. Her début story collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award and selected as a New York Times editor’s choice. Her first novel, Demi-Gods, comes out with Penguin Canada and Bloomsbury in late 2017.

Published in August 2017, no. 393

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    Wonderful story, took me there, gave me much to consider. I am a painter/writer and this story was weighted for suspense and an understory I loved. Said a great deal without fuss. Loved it.

    Friday, 11 August 2017 12:17 posted by Carol Oliver

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