Thanks to everyone who submitted to this year’s CNFC/Humber Literary Review creative nonfiction contest.

Our 2019 judge, Helen Humphreys, selected the following three pieces for the short list. The contest winner will be announced on June 14 at the CNFC annual conference in Vancouver, BC. Congrats to all the finalists!

“Foreign Object,” by Deborah Elderhorst

Deborah Elderhorst is an Australian-Canadian writer whose work has appeared in literary journals and anthology in Australia, New Zealand, and the US. Find her online at

“Leaving Saskatchewan,” by Melanie Mah

Melanie Mah’s debut novel, The Sweetest One, won the 2017 Trillium Book Award, and her work’s been published in the Humber Literary Review, PRISM International, Room, and Brick. She’s currently at work on an intergenerational memoir and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph. Born and raised in Alberta, she now lives in Toronto.

“Fools Rush In,” by Julie Paul

Julie Paul is the author of the poetry collection The Rules of the Kingdom and three collections of short fiction, including the just-released Meteorites (B & G, 2019). She lives in Victoria BC, where, in addition to writing, she works as a Registered Massage Therapist.