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 Send your best, previously unpublished nonfiction piece of 3,000 words or less— whether it’s literary journalism, memoir, personal essay, or lyric essay — by November 30th, 2017.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 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
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WHAT: Original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction – maximum word length 3,000 words (no minimum).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 creativenonfictioncollective.ca/join.
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.
Congrats to Joshua Levy on being selected as this year’s winner of the CNFC/carte blanche creative nonfiction contest.
Joshua’s piece, “A Chaotic Jumble of Infinite Possibility,” will be published in an upcoming issue of carte blanche.
Below is a clip of the author reading an excerpt from it.
The CNFC and carte blanche are pleased to announce their 2016–2017 creative nonfiction contest shortlist.
The winner will be announced on May 5 in Vancouver, BC at the 13th annual CNFC conference.
The shortlist was selected by contest judge, Andreas Schroeder.
“To the Lighthouse,” by Kelley Jo Burke
Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning drama and nonfiction writer, and writing teacher. Her musical Us premieres March 2018 at Regina’s Globe Theatre, and “Bringing Up Fur Baby” (CBC Radio’s IDEAS) airs May 2017.
“The Unicycle in My Garage,” by Barb Howard
Barb Howard has published three novels and one collection of short fiction. She has recently started to explore the amazing and difficult process of writing creative nonfiction.
“A Chaotic Jumble of Infinite Possibility” by Joshua Levy
Joshua Levy is a frequent storyteller on CBC Radio and recently received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to write a memoir. He splits his time between Montreal, Toronto, and Lisbon, Portugal.
Congratulations to our three finalists and thank you to everyone who participated!
This year’s carte blanche / CNFC creative nonfiction contest judge is Andreas Schroeder.
Not only is Andreas a prolific writer and a voracious reader, he’s also a veteran nominee and past winner and judge of several writing and book awards.
“Carte Blanche is one of Canada’s most substantial literary magazines, and its annual CNF competition always attracts editors’ special attention due to its outstanding submissions. But this year’s longlist was so impressive, and its three finalists so totally neck-and-neck, I may have to consult King Solomon for a few suggestions.”
Watch for the shortlist announcement on Friday, March 24. The winner will be revealed at the 2017 CNFC Conference, May 5 and 6 in Vancouver.
Andreas currently holds the Rogers Communications Chair in Creative Nonfiction at the University of British Columbia (UBC Creative Writing). To date, he has published an impressive 23 books. He has been a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award (Shaking It Rough, 1976), the Sealbooks First Novel Award (Dustship Glory, 1984), the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction (Cheats, Charlatans & Chicanery, 1998), and the BC Book Prizes’ Ethel Wilson Fiction Award (Renovating Heaven, 2008). He won a National Magazine Award in 1990, a Stephen Leacock Award in 1997, and a Canadian Association of Journalists’ Best Investigative Journalism Award in 1991.