CNF contest

The Creative Nonfiction Collective hosts an annual CNF writing contest. For the fourth year in a row, we are happy to be collaborating with the Humber Literary Review. Past winners of the contest include Nancy O’Rourke, Deborah Elderhorst, and Margaret Nowaczyk among others.

Congratulations to the 2021 winner Becky Blake, whose essay will be available in the Humber Literary Review in the fall!

You can read the 2020 winning essay by Margaret Nowaczyk, available online in the Humber Literary Review, volume 8, issue 2 (Fall + Winter – 2020/2021).


2022 Contest Announcement

Thank you in advance for your entry!

The Humber Literary Review (HLR) and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have joined forces to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest. The 2022 Contest opens November 12, 2021.

CONTEST CLOSES Monday February 21, 2022 at 11:59pm PST.

Winners will be announced in June 2022 during the 2022 CNFC annual conference. First prize will include a payment of $750 and publication in The Humber Literary Review.

WHAT: Original previously unpublished creative nonfiction – maximum word length 3,000 words (no minimum). Literary journalism, memoir, and the personal or lyric essay—all are welcome.

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

WHEN: The competition is open from November 12, 2021 to February 21, 2022.

FEE: General public $20; CNFC members $15.
CNFC members receive a discounted entry fee. You can become a member by registering here.

HOW: Submissions will be accepted via CNFC’s event management system.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 

In order to avoid disqualification, please take note of the following guidelines:

  1. The contest will be judged blind so please DO NOT put your name or contact information on the actual submission. 
  2. Please take note of the word count and ENSURE that your entry is no more than 3,000 words.
  3. Proper formatting is required. Please ENSURE that your entry is double-spaced, with no less than 1-inch margins, using standard 12-point fonts such as Times New Roman, Garamond, or Arial.

Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be disqualified.

Enter now!

The Humber Literary Review, a literary and arts magazine, publishes two print issues a year (fall/winter & spring/summer). Its pages feature personal essays, short fiction, poetry, artwork, and comics by emerging and established Canadian artists. The HLR is distributed by Magazines Canada and can be found in bookstores and on newsstands across the country. Work from the HLR has been featured in Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Essays, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Find out more.


Past contest news:

Congratulations to the winner of the 2021 CNFC/HLR Nonfiction Contest

The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society and The Humber Literary Review are pleased to announce the winner for this year’s creative nonfiction contest.

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Meet the 2021 Contest Shortlist!

The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society and The Humber Literary Review are pleased to announce the 2021 contest short list. Congratulations to the finalists!

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2020 CNFC/HLR Contest Winner Announced!

Watch Ian Brown announce the winner of this year’s Creative Nonfiction contest!

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Meet the 2020 Contest Short List!

Congratulations to our four finalists! Read on for more information about each writer.

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2020 Contest Short List Announcement!

Announcing the 2020 contest short list!

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Announcing the 2020 CNFC/Humber Literary Review Contest Long List!

The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society and The Humber Literary Review are pleased to announce the long list for this year’s creative nonfiction contest.

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Ian Brown: ‘I can’t wait to see what the new generation of nonfiction writers is up to’

2020 CNFC / Humber Literary Review contest judge Ian Brown shares his take on the genre of creative nonfiction and what he’ll be looking for in this year’s submissions.

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‘Write the story that is knocking most insistently around the edges of your consciousness’

2019 CNFC/Humber Literary Review contest winner Deborah Elderhorst offers insight and encouragement for those hoping to submit this year.

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Deborah Elderhorst wins the 2019 CNFC/Humber Literary Review Creative Nonfiction Contest

Congratulations to Deborah Elderhorst, whose piece “Foreign Object” was selected by Helen Humphreys as the 2019 winner of the CNFC/Humber Literary Review Creative Nonfiction Contest.

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2019 CNFC/Humber Literary Review creative nonfiction contest short list revealed!

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…

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