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Banff Centre residency added to CBC Literary Prizes

Canada Writes is delighted to give you one more reason to enter your work in the CBC Literary Prizes: The Banff Centre has partnered with us to give all first-prize winners a writing residency.

We are excited to announce a wonderful addition to the CBC Literary Prizes: The Banff Centre is generously offering a writing residency to the first-prize winner in each category (Short Story, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry).

This residency will allow the winners undisturbed, devoted time to work on their writing in a beautiful natural setting, while rubbing shoulders with other writers and artists in a multidisciplinary setting.

The residencies are in addition to cash prizes offered by the Canada Council for the Arts ($60,000 in total) and publication in both Air Canada's enRoute magazine and www.cbc.ca/canadawrites.

More about the residency

The first-prize winners in the Short Story, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry categories in both our English and French Literary Prizes will be awarded a writing residency at The Banff Centre's Leighton Artists' Colony. (Click on the link — the colony must be seen to be believed.) All meals at The Banff Centre are included, as is access to The Banff Centre's events and performances. Winners must use their residency within one year of the prize award, at a time that the prize winner and The Banff Centre both agree upon.

More about The Banff Centre

Writers have been polishing their words at The Banff Centre in the heart of the Canadian Rockies since the 1930s. The Centre is a hot-bed of creativity, providing time, tools, and mentorship for the creation of new work in all artistic disciplines. The Centre's varied Literary Arts programs are led by some of Canada's top writers, including Ian Brown, Daphne Marlatt, Nino Ricci, and Fred Wah — Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Writers, emerging and seasoned, gain input and inspiration in a retreat setting. Programs are offered in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, digital literature and innovative forms, and spoken word. 

Stay tuned to Canada Writes: this week, in honour of the fast-approaching CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize deadline (February 1), we'll be giving you exclusive online wisdom from the faculty of this year's Literary Journalism program at The Banff Centre.

One more reason to get writing, Canada!


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