And the winner of the carte blanche/CNFC contest is…

Congratulations to Nicole Breit for her essay “Spectrum”!

nicole-breit-photoNicole Breit is a poet and essayist who lives and writes in the suburbs of Vancouver. She was nominated for the Malahat Review 2016 Open Season awards, the 2015 Room poetry prize and the 2015 PRISM International CNF contest. Her debut poetry chapbook, I Can Make Life, was a finalist for the 2012 Mary Ballard poetry competition. Her work has been published in carte blanche, Exhale and other print and online publications.


Spectrum (excerpt)

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The wild strawberry flush across my chest, her cheeks. An illicit kiss in her basement suite.
Five years in, we start counting: two eggs bled away casually every month.
Then, six months of flirting, negotiations. Two hopeful women. A captivated man.
Cosmopolitans. Our red leather couch under mistletoe and holly berries. Jazzberry cartoon hearts radiate around all of us.
“Please don’t break our hearts,” I say.
“I won’t.” His scarlet cape promise. The last time we see him.
A year and a half later the rouged Costco employee, white hair rolled into a hairnet, hands out samples. Lights up, says “Such a beautiful baby!” and asks again, “But really, who’s the real mother?”
My girlfriend — the birth mother — looks down at her kid-size cup of tickle-me-pink sauce and says flatly, “This tastes terrible.”

You can read the rest of the winning essay in the next issue of carte blanche. Stay tuned!


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CNFC/carte blanche 2016 contest shortlist

The CNFC and carte blanche are pleased to announce its 2015–2016 creative nonfiction contest shortlist.

The winner will be announced on April 23 in Banff, Alberta at the 12th annual CNFC conference.

The shortlist was selected by contest judge, Deni Béchard.

“Spectrum,” by Nicole Breit

nicole-breit-photoNicole Breit is a poet and essayist who lives and writes in the suburbs of Vancouver. She was nominated for the Malahat Review 2016 Open Season awards, the 2015 Room poetry prize and the 2015 PRISM International CNF contest. Her debut poetry chapbook, I Can Make Life, was a finalist for the 2012 Mary Ballard poetry competition. Her work has been published in carte blanche, Exhale and other print and online publications.

“Through the Damascus Gate,” by Jane Finlay-Young

jane-finlay-young-photoJane Finlay-­Young was born in England’s Lake District, and has spent most of her life in Canada. She is a published author of both fiction and non­fiction. She has just completed a memoir, Certain, about her foray into Orthodox Judaism, and is also writing the screenplay for her first novel, From Bruised Fell (Penguin, 2000). She lives in Halifax.

 

“Cannot predict now,” by Lezlie Lowe

Leslie LoweLezlie Lowe is a freelance print and broadcast journalist and journalism educator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She recently completed the manuscript for her first book, No Place To Go: Answering the Call of Nature in the Urban Jungle. It’s about public bathroom access. Yes. Really.

 

Congratulations to our three finalists and thank you to everyone who participated!


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Conference registration deadline is April 4, 2016

Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation, The Banff Centre. Photo by Don Lee.
Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation, The Banff Centre. Photo by Don Lee.

The Creative Nonfiction Collective member conference, Writing True 12: The Roots of Story, takes place from April 21 to 24 2016* at the Banff Centre in beautiful Banff, Alberta.

This year’s conference features a keynote address by novelist, journalist, and photographer, Deni Béchard (open to the public for a $10 fee – tickets sold at the door), as well as the courageous Elly Danica, in conversation with Hal Wake, noted interviewer and the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Literary Festival.

Registration also includes presentations by Camilla Gibb, recently shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize; Heather Conn, award-winning author, writing coach, and teacher; Wade Davis, writer, anthropologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence; Trevor Herriot, renowned science writer and prairie naturalist; and James Fell, social media expert.

Participant fees include a public event with a soon-to-be-announced author, the members’ dinner, a new books by members reading, and the ever-popular, Literary Cabaret – this year, with a twist.

But it doesn’t stop there! For an additional fee, members can register for with noted creative nonfiction writers and editors including Lori A. May, Trevor Herriot, Beth Kaplan, and John Barton. Find out more details about Master Classes and how to sign up (each class is limited to 25 spots).

Register by April 4 for the very reasonable rate of $200 ($180 for students).

*The CNFC sincerely regrets having scheduled this year’s conference during Passover. We are committed to ensuring such a conflict does not occur in the future, with the goal of making the event accessible to as many members as possible.

Announcing the long list for carte blanche/CNFC contest

carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society are pleased to announce the long list for our 2015-16 creative nonfiction competition:

“My Father, the Bird” by Kate Braid
“Spectrum” by Nicole Breit
“The Birth of Lizard Boy” by William J Crow
“Answer: Mostly Ds – A Cautionary Quiz” by Phil M Dwyer
“Through the Damascus Gate” by Jane Finlay-Young
“Members Only” by Janet L Fretter
“Kimchi” by Megan A Kaczor
“Cannot predict now” by Lezlie M Lowe
“Hedy and Flo” by Cindy I Matthews
“Little Love Punches” by Gina Roitman
“The Happiest Place on Earth” by Grace E Thompson

Congratulations to everyone who made the long list and a big thank you to everyone who participated!

Thank you also to competition readers: Laurence Miall, Susan Olding, and David Swick.

The winner of the competition will be announced at the 12th Annual CNFC Conference, which will be held in Banff from April 21 – 24, 2016.


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Announcing the judge for the 2016 carte blanche/CNFC contest

carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society are pleased to announce the judge for our third annual creative nonfiction contest:

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Deni Ellis Béchard is a journalist, novelist, memoirist, photographer, and activist. He has published three books, the first of which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was translated into French, Arabic, and Russian. Deni will also be delivering the keynote at this year’s CNFC conference in Banff, where he’ll address the importance of the narrative arts in a time of social and environmental upheaval, and discuss how writing can be activism while maintaining artistic and journalistic integrity.

Deni’s articles and photos—often about human rights, women’s rights, and conservation—have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including the LA Times, Salon, The Guardian, La Repubblica, Vanity Fair Italia, The Solutions Journal, The Harvard Review, The Herald Scotland, and Foreign Policy Magazine. One of his photos of Afghan women cyclists has been exhibited in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. He has also published a book of journalism about conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a memoir about his father who robbed banks. He has two books forthcoming in 2016: Into the Sun, a novel about the Civilian Surge in Afghanistan, and Kuei, je te salue, a book about racism against First Nations people in Canada.

The contest long list will be announced later this week.


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Been a while since your last headshot?

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CNFC members can take advantage of our all-day professional photo booth at this year’s conference.

Ready for your closeup? Now’s the time! Book a headshot session with our fabulous photographer, David Griffin Whyte. David is a Calgary photographer with professional experience in the Alberta film industry. He is a graduate of a SAIT’s film program. He has travelled the world, photographing people and landscapes with passion and sensitivity.

A photography session with David will take 20 minutes. First, he will discuss what kind of headshot you are after and offer a choice of backgrounds. Then he will show you the shots and help you select one that will be edited off-site. The large file edited photo will be emailed directly to you within three weeks. It is common practice to give photo credits for headshots.

Price is $50 (partial proceeds go to the CNFC) . Only 20 spots available- sign up today.