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The 2015 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize

abstract:The CBC is one of Canada's best cross-country resources for promoting Canadian talent. In 1979 they began to offer literary prizes in the categories of short fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction for, get this, as yet unpublished works. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Michael Winters and Camilla Gibb. Here is the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize longlist of authors (30 of them) competing for the 2015 as announced on August 31. The shortlist of 5 will be unveiled on September 14, (same link as above) and the winner will be announced on September 21, 2015.

The winning author will receive $6,000, have their story published in enRoute magazine and they will attend a 10-day writing residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts. The 4 runners-up will receive $1,000 each from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Out of the 30 on the longlist, here is our pick for the shortlist, and also who we predict will win:

A Girl, Waiting, by Marusya Bociurkiw is an author, filmmaker and professor based in Toronto. She has written five books, including the novel The Children of Mary, and the award-winning Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl, which was also shortlisted for the prestigious Lambda and Kobzar awards. She is associate professor of media theory at Ryerson University, and director of The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought. She has made ten films; the latest, This Is Gay Propaganda, is a documentary about LGBT people and the war in Ukraine. (Winner)

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September 13, 2015
Salt by Kayal Vizhi. Here is her bio: My name is Kayal Vizhi. In my mother tongue, Tamil, "kayal vizhi" is a woman with beautiful eyes. I am a woman with a beautiful vision; one that consists of art, meditation and writing from a place of love and honesty while preserving and documenting memory. I am a nineteen-year-old writer, poet, spoken word artist and daughter of the diasporas of South India and Sri Lanka, currently residing in Ottawa. I believe in writing as an act of radical love and healing. (Runner-up)

Finding Father by Richard Wigamese. Richard is Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in Ontario. A member of the Sturgeon Clan, he is one of Canada's foremost authors and journalists. He is the author of nine novels, one collection of poetry and three memoirs. His most recent novels, Indian Horse (2012) and Medicine Walk (2014), were national bestsellers and published to brilliant reviews. Indian Horse was the People's Choice finalist in the CBC's Canada Reads in 2013. Richard has also been honoured with the 2012 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communications and the Molson Prize for the Arts in 2013. He lives in Kamloops. (Excellent)

 

 

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