April 6, 2018


The winner will be announced on May 5 in Toronto, ON at the 14th annual CNFC conference.

The shortlist was selected by contest judge, Betsy Warland.


“Lucky Number Seven,” by Emily Kellogg.

Emily Kellogg’s writing has appeared in publications such as FLARE, The Huffington Post, and The Puritan. In 2017, her creative nonfiction work received an honourable mention in Room Magazine‘s CNF competition and was shortlisted for PRISM International‘s CNF prize. Photo of Emily Kellogg


“Descent into Darkness,” by Nancy O’Rourke.

Photo of Nancy O'RourkeExperienced sociologist Nancy O’Rourke’s creative nonfiction was recently recognized by Memoir Magazine. “Descent into Darkness” is adapted from a memoir-in-progress that examines processes of forgiveness, focusing on a group of children she befriended in Rwanda in 1992, lost during the genocide, and found 18 years later.




“What’s Coming for You,” by Julie Paul.

Photo of Julie PaulJulie Paul lives and writes in Victoria, BC. She was the winner of the 2016 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Award and has published two books of short fiction. The Rules of the Kingdom, her first book of poetry, is shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.





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

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March 19, 2018

Carte Blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society are pleased to announce the long list for our 2017-18 Creative Nonfiction Competition:

“Father’s Day” by Christine Barbetta
“Anne” by Beethina Clavette
“Passage” by Jennifer Delisle
“Lucky Number Seven” by Emily Kellogg
“East Vancrowver” by Jennifer Lori
“Estranged Magic” by Kim McCullough
“Laundry Day” by Christina Myers
“Descent into Darkness” by Nancy O’Rourke
“What’s Coming For You” by Julie Paul
“All There Was” by Bill Penner

Hailing from coast to coast, these ten writers have tackled a range of important subjects with distinctive voice, lively prose, and evident craft. Congratulations to all, and a big thanks to everyone who entered.

Thanks also to our preliminary readers, Joshua Levy and Monica Meneghetti.

The winner of the contest will be announced at the Creative Nonfiction Collective’s annual conference, May 4-6, in Toronto, Ontario.

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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