Readers Digest Excerpts Lesley Buxton’s Masterful Weaving of a Heart-wrenching Personal Story

One Strong Girl Won the Inaugural Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Reader’s Digest Canada is publishing an extended excerpt from Lesley Buxton’s book, One Strong Girl: Surviving the Unimaginable in its recent February edition of the magazine. One Strong Girl was the winner of the publisher’s inaugural Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction.

The story is a mother’s vivid account of what it is like to lose her daughter, India, to a rare debilitating disease. It is a bold description of what it means to deal with deep sorrow and still find balance and beauty in an age steeped in the denial of death. Lesley Buxton is an author from Penticton, BC. The publication of her book continues Pottersfield’s winning streak of gaining considerable nationwide attention for its titles, after Joan Baxter’s controversial book, The Mill, garnered national and international news coverage in 2018.

Pottersfield Press is again looking for submissions from writers who can provide a manuscript of 30,000 to 150,000 words in any of the following categories: history, memoir, autobiography, biography, literary journalism, political or social commentary, travel writing or virtually any existing or new category that uses the nonfiction medium to tell a story or put forward an idea. The First Prize winner will receive a contract for the publication of the winning book along with a $1,500 advance on 10 percent royalty for all sales. The Second Prize winner will also see the publication of the book and a $1,000 advance on 10 percent royalties.

Submission guidelines are available at pottersfieldpress.com.

 

Written By

Lesley Choyce is the author of 87 books. He runs Pottersfield Press and has been teaching English and Creative Writing at Dalhousie for over thirty years. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Ann Connor Brimer Award and has been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal and the Governor General's Award.

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