Short story success for Anglia Ruskin academic

Published: 29 July 2016 at 11:27

Dr Helen Marshall

Helen’s story ‘pierces the heart without remorse’, says judge Gloria Vanderbilt

Anglia Ruskin University academic Dr Helen Marshall has won a prestigious short story prize judged and sponsored by American socialite and writer Gloria Vanderbilt.

The Carter V Cooper Short Fiction competition, named in honour of Gloria Vanderbilt’s late son, is open to all Canadian writers and Dr Marshall has received $5,000 after her story The Gold Leaf Executions was named best work by an established writer.

A gala awards evening will be held in Toronto in September and the work of all shortlisted authors will appear in an anthology published by Exile Editions.

Writing in the preface of the anthology, Gloria Vanderbilt said:

“The winner of the established category, Helen Marshall’s The Gold Leaf Executions, is at once exquisite and deft. 

“Beyond its precision in craftsmanship, it pierces the heart without remorse.  It is a marvellous story from a writer who appeared in both our 2013 and 2014 collections as an emerging writer.”

Dr Marshall, Lecturer in Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“As a previous two-time nominee, I know the quality of the work that appears in the Carter V Cooper anthology and I’m absolutely thrilled to have received this accolade. 

“My story The Gold Leaf Executions draws upon my love of ancient history to weave together a patchwork of myths and modern legends – from Danae and Perseus to James Bond; but at its heart, it is a story about the fragility of love and all the terrible, beautiful things that can happen in the world.”

Dr Marshall’s debut novel Everything that is Born, inspired by her research into medieval manuscripts during the time of the Black Death, has been bought by publishers Random House Canada.