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As editor of Canadian Writers Abroad, I tend to leave off longlist credits when an author has several awards to mention. But I don’t have several awards to mention (the Grain Short), so I am telling you here: an essay I wrote this winter made the longlist for the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest at The New Quarterly. Honest! The essay braids together the challenges of learning Hebrew as a not-so-young adult with the pleasures of writing in a secret (as opposed to computer) code.

Congratulations to the winners and notables. Click here for the winning list.

Screenshot of part of the longlist from TNQ website.

Check out my post about some of the difficulties of learning Hebrew: Shock.