CNF tip of the week: literary journalism

The CNFC and carte blanche want your writing! Send your best, previously unpublished nonfiction piece of 3,000 words or less—  whether it’s literary journalism, memoir, personal essay, or lyric essay — by November 30th, 2017. For more information about these subcategories, read on. Today, we feature…

Literary journalism

Literary or narrative journalism is writing that combines the stylistic techniques of fiction, such as dialogue, character development, and scene-setting, with the nitty-gritty accuracy of reporting and research. The subject matter can be anything, from an election campaign to the profile of an artist, from the exploration of a cultural phenomenon to a true crime story or a scientific discovery. But whatever the topic, the author’s voice or point of view is key to the power of the piece.

A few examples

George Orwell: “A Hanging.”

Joan Didion: “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream.”

Desmond Cole: “The Skin I’m In.”

Katherine Ashenburg: “Critical Mass.

To learn more

The CNFC & carte blanche are looking for your best creative nonfiction!

Yes, it’s true! We’re doing it again. carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have joined forces to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest.

Winners will be announced in May 2018 at the annual CNFC conference in Toronto, Ontario. First prize includes payment of $750 and publication in carte blanche.

WHAT: Original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction – maximum word length 3,000 words (no minimum). Literary journalism, memoir, the personal or lyric essay—all are welcome.  

WHO: The competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

WHEN: The deadline is November 30, 2017 at midnight ET.

Members of the CNFC receive a discount on the entry fee. To find out about becoming a member, go to

HOW: Submissions accepted via our online submission form only. The contest will be judged blind so PLEASE don’t put your name or contact information on the actual submission.

CONTEST CLOSES: November 30, midnight ET.

STAY TUNED: Read our blog and social media updates in the next few weeks for more detail about the kind of work we’re seeking, along with helpful links.

Looking for some inspiration? Read last year’s winning submission, “A Chaotic Jumble of Infinite Possibility” by Joshua Levy.