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Creative Nonfiction Prize: Public vote

CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize: Announcing YOUR favourite

You still need to wait until Monday morning to find out who won this year’s CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. But today we’re revealing the one work that you—the public—has chosen.

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Last week we published the five works on the shortlist for this year’s CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize and asked you to vote for your favourite. Although the outcome of this vote will have no influence on who wins the competition (the jury has already met), the winner will get bragging rights and the satisfaction of knowing that his/her submission was voted as the favourite among Canadians.

And winner of the public vote is…

Linda Rosenbaum for "Wolf Howling at Moon". Congratulations Linda!

Here are some quotes about her story that we received from our online readers:

"A window into the world of a family who lead with love even in the most difficult of circumstances." - Jillian Eisenberg 

"A powerful and touching glimpse of the type of struggle faced by families and loved ones coping with the challenges of developmental disabilities - and also a reminder of the importance of hope and perseverance." - Evan Suth 

"Our connection to the spirit, animal and human world are interwoven in the simple setting of the writer's living room. The very air in the room is punctuated with loneliness, isolation, love and despair. The story is painfully beautiful and haunting, much like the image of the title of the story." - Lynn Harpell 

Well done Linda!

The other four shortlisted works had some equally passionate fans. Here's a sampling of comments we received.

“Beautifully developed, without the smallest dissonance; easy to relate to, identify with and engage with in suspense until the brilliant ending.” - Boris Steipe

 “Brilliant juxtaposition of disparate elements, relayed in sumptuous language.” - Kitty Hoffman

“She describes a harrowing experience with both curt distance and intense emotion. I imagine many mothers and fathers can relate…” - Kim Nayyer
“Outrageous funny twist at the end. What a delightful tale! Great character development with just a few hundred words.” - Cynthia Levine-Rasky

Congratulations to all our finalists! We wish them all the best of luck. 

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We'd like to thank all of you for taking the time to read the shortlisted works and voting for your favourite. As a special thank you, we entered all of your names in a draw for this sleek and handy Canada Writes journal. Congratulations Murray Buchman! You've got one coming to you in the mail.

Be sure to check back Monday, July 22 to find out which of these five works has won the Grand Prize.


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