• Biography

    Elaine McCluskey is the author of two novels and three short-story collections. She has recently signed to publish her newest collection with Goose Lane Editions. The Most Heartless Town in Canada, a novel, was released in Spring 2016. She has published over 50 stories and won numerous contests. Her third collection, Hello, Sweetheart, was published by Enfield & Wizenty in Winnipeg in 2014. Her debut collection of short stories, The Watermelon Social, was published in the spring of 2006 by Gaspereau Press. The title story of that collection was a finalist in The Journey Prize contest. Her second collection, Valery the Great, was published by Anvil Press in Vancouver. Her novel, Going Fast, was published by Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton. Elaine's stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, Gaspereau Review, Room, Other Voices, Pottersfield Portfolio, Riddle Fence, and many others. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, including the Fish anthology in Ireland. She graduated from Dalhousie and the University of Western Ontario (MA) and lives in Dartmouth, with her husband, a photojournalist. They have two children. 



    • Short stories have appeared in over 20 Canadian journals and anthologies. Selected list:
      "I Visited the Grand Canyon." Room. Volume 30.4, Fall 2007.
    • "Queen of the Losers." Gaspereau Gloriatur. Volume II, Prose, Fall 2007.

    • "Little Eric." The Fiddlehead. 230 Winter 2007.

    • "The Houdini." The Dalhousie Review. 86.2 Summer 2006.

    • "Valery the Great." Other Voices. Volume 18, No. 2, Winter 2005.

    • "Lulu Says She's Sorry." A Room of One's Own. Volume 28:2 Spring/Summer 2005.

    • "The Watermelon Social." The Journey Prize Stories. Anthology #16, 2004 / The Antigonish Review, #132, Winter 2003.

    • "Bad Boys." Pottersfield Portfolio. Volume 22, Number 1, Autumn/Winter 2001.

    • "Merry Christmas Wherever You Are." Gaspereau Review. 14, Winter 2001.

    • Going Fast, Winner of the H.R. (Bill) Percy Award given out by the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.

    • Final three in Journey Prize Stories contest 2004 for "The Watermelon Social."

      Second place in the Fish Publishing Short Story Contest 2013, Cork, Ireland, for "Something Pretty, Something Nice."

    • Winner of Other Voices Annual Short Fiction Contest 2005 for "Valery the Great."

    • Winner of Pottersfield Portfolio's Compact Fiction Contest for "Bad Boys."

    • Honourable Mention Writers' Federation of New Brunswick Contest 2008: David Adams Richards Prize for unpublished manuscript or short stories for The Houdini.

    • Winner of the Saturday Night diamond contest.

    • Honourable Mention Writers' Federation of New Brunswick Contest 2008: short story category for "The Favorite Nephew."

    • Shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards for "Maurice."

    • Finalist for John and Margaret Savage First Book Award.