Eaton Hamilton

the problem with being trans is cis people. The problem with being queer is straight people. The problem with being disabled is abled people. The problem with being Black is white people. In other words, prejudice.

Category: contests

Lit Pop, Montreal

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chick with docked beak

I entered this competition on the off-chance hope of having George Saunders read my work–as a lark, in other words. The good news was just announced–I won for fiction, and Michael Prior won for poetry. Congrats, Michael. I’m grateful to Lit Pop and the judges, and most of all, to George Saunders for his generosity in choosing my piece “Battery,” a hybrid fiction/cnf work, and for his great comments.

“George Saunders says congratulations and:

I admired and enjoyed the wit, clarity, and compression of this story. It’s fast, funny, precise in its language. The author is really using language as a tool of persuasion. The story also has real heart – the narrator manages to make us sympathize for both chickens and executioners. The details of the operation are chilling and terrific. The story is beautifully shaped and minimal – the writer seems to recognize that the essence of making a work of art is choosing. The story makes us face a certain harsh truth, but without any sense of preaching, and even a sense of wonder. Above all, the story is musical – it zings along, making a world as it goes, with its confidence and its sense of curiosity.”

The piece is a story about a newborn chick in a factory farm as it has its beak docked. It is routine for chicks to have one-third of their beaks amputated without anesthetic. It would be stellar if this piece could play some small part in erradicating the torture-chambers that are factory farms.

George Saunders’ most recent book, Tenth of December (stories), was published in 2014, was a National Book Award finalist, and was named one of the best books of the year by People, The New York Times Magazine, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, New York, The Telegraph, BuzzFeed, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, and Shelf Awareness. He is also the author of Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, both New York Times Notable Books, and The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, a New York Times children’s bestseller. In 2000, The New Yorker named him one of the “Best Writers Under 40.” He writes regularly for The New Yorker and Harper’s, as well as Esquire, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine. He won a National Magazine Award for Fiction in 2004 and his work is included in Best American Short Stories 2005. He teaches at Syracuse University.

Exile Quarterly longlist


sketch: Jane Eaton Hamilton (after Matisse) 2013

I am gratified to have made the Carter V Cooper $15K short fiction competition long list at Exile Quarterly.  Such good company I’m in, with colleagues Leon Rooke and Linda Rogers and so many accomplished others.

In no particular order:

Jane Eaton Hamilton “The Night SS Sloan Undid His Shirt”

Nicholas Ruddock “Mario Vargas Llosa”

Josip Novakovich  “Dunavski Pirat”

Leon Rooke  “Sara Mago et al”

Hugh Graham  “After Me”

Linda Rogers “Raging Breath and Furious Mothers”

Darlene Madott “Pick Up the Sticks”

Priscila Uppal “Bed Rail Entrapment Risk Notification Guide”

Bruce Meyer “Tilting”

Christine Miscione “Spring”

Lisa Foad “How To Feel Good”

Veronica Gaylie “Tom, Dick, and Harry”

Tonya Patricia Liburd “Through Dream She Moves”

Samantha Bernstein “Fall, 1980”

Mary Lou Dickinson “Oh, the Stars!”

Maggie Dwyer “Chihuahua”

Bart Campbell “Slim And The Hangman”

Christopher Adamson “A Night In Bui Vien”

Erin Soros “Fallen”

Leah Jane Esau “Dream Home”

Lisa Pike “Stellas”

Bianca Lacoseljac “To Live Out A Dream”


Prize for a first book of fiction by a woman

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A woman from anywhere in the world is eligible to send a work of fiction.  The prize is $1K.

More info here:

Eludia Award

Goodreads giveaway

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5 copies of Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes.  Enter by Dec 25.

Geist Postcard Contest shortlist


CBC Literary Awards

I was lucky to be flown to Montreal for the CBC Literary Awards/Blue Metropolis Lit Fest, a co-celebration with French winner Sarah Desrosiers.  Besides the award ceremony, I got to spend much of the weekend with my old friends Michael Hendricks and Rene LeBoeuf, with whom I was a co-litigant in Canada’s same-sex marriage case.  Also, I got to hear Shelagh Rogers interview one of my favourite novelists, Heather O’Neill, re: her (said to be glorious) new novel “The Girl Who Was Saturday Night.”  I spent a terrific night carousing with an old friend who happened to be in town with her mom, the redoubtable author Marguerite Andersen, and I met (and really hit it off with) the talented 2007 CBC winner Shelagh Plunkett, whose writing I hope soon to catch up on, and Lisa Moore (<3).  Christopher deRaddo launched his new novel “The Geography of Pluto.”  Luminato swirled past:  Richard Ford, Dany Laferriére etc.  Then a high school chum and I drove up through Charlevoix for a few days.

Thank you Shelagh Rogers and Aylin Malcolm for putting up with my nerves.

Here is an interview link for an interview conducted by Aylin Malcolm:


A reading link:


And here is a photograph of the big screen which had the winning stories spooling over it:


Blue Metropolis Literary Festival

Just to let everyone know I’ll be reading my story “Smiley” at Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal on Saturday May 3 at 2:30 pm as part of the celebration for the CBC Canada Writes Competition.  The reading is free.

Interview with Open Book Toronto

Here is an interview I did with Open Book Toronto about my CBC Canada Writes winning story “Smiley.”

Open Book Toronto interview

Good news!

I am deliciously happy.

CBC short fiction prize

I’m delighted to announce…

…that my story “Smiley” has been longlisted for the CBC Literary Awards in fiction.



Enter, enter, all ye who have non-fiction on the noggin…

Canada Writes is looking for 1200-1500 word entries for their annual Canada Writes non-fiction contest.  Come one, come all.  Deadline Feb 1.  $6000 first prize. 

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