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Canada Writes! Creative Nonfiction Competion

Nonfiction Prize

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The competition opens December 1, 2012.Deadline to submit: February 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET

This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, work of Creative Nonfiction that is submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate.

The Creative Nonfiction Prize includes memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing, and feature articles. While the events must be real and the facts true, creative nonfiction conveys your message through the use of literary techniques such as characterization, plot, setting, dialogue, narrative, and personal reflection. In works of creative nonfiction, the writer’s voice and opinion are evident. The work should be accessible to a general reading audience (i.e., not written for a specialized or academic audience).

The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up.

The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony (details about the residency here), and will receive exposure on CBC Radio.

The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

Submissions to the Creative Nonfiction prize must be between 1,200 and 1,500 words.

A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

For more information visit the CBC Webpage for the Creative Nonfiction Prize

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EVENT magazine’s Annual Non-Fiction Contest

Three winners will each receive $500 (plus publication payment).
Publication in Event 37/3 (December 2008). Other manuscripts may be published. Preliminary judging by the editors of Event.

Final Judge: Timothy Taylor is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of the novels Stanley Park and Story House. He is the recipient of three National Magazine Awards and the Journey Prize. He is a columnist with The Globe and Mail and a Contributing Editor at both enRoute Magazine and Vancouver Magazine. His writing on arts and culture has also appeared in Saturday Night, Toro, Food & Wine, The National Post, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. He lives in Vancouver.

Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form. Check your library for back issues of Event with previous winning entries and judges’ comments. Contest back issues are available from Event for $7.42 (includes GST and postage; US$7 for American residents; CAN$12 for overseas residents).

Note: Previously published material, or material accepted elsewhere for publication, cannot be considered. Maximum entry length is 5000 words, typed, double-spaced. The writer should not be identified on the entry. Include a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, address, phone number / email, and the title(s) of the story (stories) enclosed. Include a SASE (Canadian postage / IRCs /US$1). Douglas College employees are not eligible to enter.

Entry fee: Multiple entries are allowed, however, each entry must be accompanied by a $29.95 entry fee (includes GST and a one-year subscription; make cheque or international money order payable to Event). Those already subscribing will receive a one-year extension. American and overseas entrants please pay in US dollars.

Deadline for entries: Postmarked April 15, 2008.

Send entries to:
EVENT
Creative Non-Fiction Contest
P.O. Box 2503
New Westminster, BC
Canada V3L 5B2

Tel.: (604) 527-5293
email: event@douglas.bc.ca
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