Sharon Bala

Dubai, The United Arab Emirates


Sharon Bala is trapped on a rock in the cold North Atlantic. Please send mangoes.

Her debut novel, The Boat People, was published by McClelland & Stewart and Doubleday US in January, 2018. The manuscript won the Percy Janes First Novel Award (May 2015) and was short listed for the Fresh Fish Award (October 2015).

In 2017, she won the Journey Prize and had a second story long-listed in the anthology. A three-time recipient of Newfoundland and Labrador's Arts and Letters award, she has stories published in Hazlitt, Grain, The Dalhousie Review, Riddle Fence, Room, Prism international, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize 29, and in an anthology called Racket: New Writing From Newfoundland (Breakwater Books, Fall 2015).

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There be dragons

One Saturday last summer, I was at my local nursery, pleasantly hung-over, and feel optimistic about the fact that this time I would for sure keep the new basil alive (spoiler: I did not). It was one of those sunny, hopeful mornings. And then, while in line, I made the mistake of checking email.

There was a message from a reader. The subject was in all caps, angry and accusing. The message itsel...

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The Boat People

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More Folly Than Sense

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“Did she now know what it was like to have so little agency? To be faced with such cruel options it was as if there was no choice at all?”
Sharon Bala, The Boat People

“I told the girls they could have new sandals. I was brokering a peace agreement.”
Sharon Bala, The Boat People

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