Yes, it’s true! We’re doing it again! carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have teamed up to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest sponsored by the University of King’s College.

The winner will receive $750 and her/his text will be published in carte blanche. The winner will be announced in May 2017 at the 13th annual CNFC conference in Vancouver, BC.

WHAT: Original, previously unpublished creative nonfiction – maximum word length 3,000 words (no minimum)

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

WHEN: The deadline is November 30th, 2016 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.


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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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