Entries are now closed. Stay tuned for our long and shortlists!

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WHAT: Original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction – maximum word length 3,000 words (no minimum).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.

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.


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. 


Essay Contests

carte blanche/CNFC, creative nonfiction contest
Event Magazine, Non-Fiction Contest
CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize
Fourth Genre, Michael Steinberg Essay Prize
Malahat Review, Creative Non-Fiction Prize
Prism International, Non-Fiction Contest
Room Magazine, Annual CNF Prize
Prairie Fire, Annual Writing Contest

Book Prizes

Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize
Governor General’s Literary Awards
Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction
British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
River Teeth, Nonfiction Book Prize

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