CNF contest

2022 Contest Announcement

Thank you for your entry! The contest is now closed.

For the fourth year in a row, the Humber Literary Review (HLR) and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have joined forces to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest. Taslim Jaffer is the winner of the 2022 contest, and you can see the 2022 Longlist here.

Past contest winners include Nancy O’Rourke, Deborah Elderhorst, and Margaret Nowaczyk. Becky Blake won the 2021 contest. Her essay is available online at Humber Literary Review, volume 9, issue 2 (Fall + Winter – 2021/2022).

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 2022 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. Congratulations to Taslim Jaffer! Her submission Survival “is beautiful through and through, an elevated memoir that goes beyond rich storytelling into universal themes about motherhood and immigration. It takes great skill to weave together entomology and ethnography into a personal narrative, but the writer’s sharp voice and exquisite craft makes it seamless” according to our contest judge, Omar Mouallem…

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CNFC and HLR Contest Longlist Announced!

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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A Man of Many Gifts: Omar Mouallem

Lesley Buxton interviews this year’s CNFC contest judge Omar Mouallem.

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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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