They said the stories in “Bad Things Happen” “come at you like the rounds of a heavyweight match.” This year’s prize jury included authors Caroline Adderson, Judy Fong Bates and David Bergen. Facebook Bertin was awarded the $10,000 grand prize for his debut “Bad Things Happen” (Biblioasis) at the OnWords Conference in Vancouver on Saturday night. “They are tough and bloodied and pure. And yet, beneath the surface there is revealed a surprising softness, as when a mother gathers her damaged adult son to her chest and says, ‘It’s alright, and it’s all over,’” the jury wrote in its citation. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lyse Champagne for “The Light that Remains” (Enfield & Wizenty) and Andre Narbonne for “Twelve Miles to Midnight” (Black Moss Press) were the other finalists. The short-story collection centres around a variety of characters — professors, janitors, webcam models, small-time criminals — in between pivotal stages of their lives.