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Meet the reader: Jen Sookfong Lee

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read 500 short stories in search of the best. Here's Jen Sookfong Lee on on the stories that made her laugh, think or cry....

Meet the reader: Craig Francis Power

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read 500 short stories in search of the best. Here's Craig Francis Power on the excitement of finding a fresh voice....

Russell Smith vs. Lynn Coady: Let's write about sex! No, let's not!

In the Canada Writes Literary Smackdowns, authors go head to head on various writing topics. No writers were injured in the making of this series.Battle Five: Should writers include sex scenes in their novels? For Russell Smith, they're an essential part of a character's "emotional narrative." But Lynn Coady sees literary sex...

Meet the reader: Maria Schamis Turner

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition about reading 500 short stories in search of the best. Here's Maria Schamis Turner on the ones that made the YES pile....

Meet the reader: Deborah Willis

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read 500 short stories in search of the best. Deborah Willis likes to let the stories reach out and grab her. ...

Meet the reader: Andrew Hood

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read 500 short stories in search of the best. Andrew Hood says the exceptional ones drop you into a place you don't understand, but can't wait to...

Breakup Tweet Challenge: And the winner is...

Our judge, Tabatha Southey, has made her final decision. The winning tweet in the inaugural Breakup Tweet Challenge is......

Meet the reader: Alice Zorn

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read 500 short stories in search of the best. Here's Alice Zorn on what it takes for a story to hook her....

All-Stars Part 5: "No Going Back"

We'll be announcing the winner of the Breakup Tweet Challenge tomorrow! In the meantime, we're rolling out the All-Stars as chosen by our judge, The Globe and Mail's Tabatha Southey (@TabathaSouthey). Today's category: "No Going Back."...

Meet the reader: Michael V. Smith

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition about reading 500 short stories in search of the best. Here's Michael V. Smith on looking for a story that makes him forget to breathe....

All-Stars Part 4: "Political"

We'll be announcing the winner of the Breakup Tweet Challenge on Wednesday. In the meantime, we're rolling out the All-Stars as chosen by our judge, The Globe and Mail's Tabatha Southey (@TabathaSouthey). Today's category: "Political."...

CBC Short Story Prize: The Longlist

It was a banner year for the CBC Literary Prizes. Even with all the changes that were made to the competition, we received a record number 3,000 short stories! They came from all across the country, from every province and territory, as well as from Canadians living as far...

Meet the reader: Julie Booker

As we prepare to unveil the shortlist for the CBC Short Story Prize, we're asking the readers for the competition what it's like to read 500 short stories in search of the best. Julie Booker looks for stories that surprise her....

All-Stars Part 3: "Canadiana" and "Tech & Nerd"

We'll be announcing the winner of the Breakup Tweet Challenge on Wednesday. In the meantime, we're rolling out the All-Stars as chosen by our judge, The Globe and Mail's Tabatha Southey (@TabathaSouthey). Today's categories: "Canadiana" and "Tech & Nerd."...

All-Stars Part 2: "Domestic Breakup" and "Heartfelt"

We'll be announcing the winner of the Breakup Tweet Challenge on Wednesday, February 22. In the meantime, we're rolling out the All-Stars as chosen by our judge, The Globe and Mail's Tabatha Southey (@TabathaSouthey). Today's categories: "Domestic Breakup" and "Heartfelt."...

Breakup Tweet Challenge All-Stars: Part 1

We'll be announcing the winner of the Breakup Tweet Challenge on Wednesday, February 22. In the meantime, we're rolling out the All-Stars as chosen by our judge, The Globe and Mail's Tabatha Southey. Today's categories: "Topical" and "Rhyming."...

Read some of Tuesday's Tweets

We hope you enjoyed Valentine’s Day as much as we did. Your funny breakup tweets kept us in stitches throughout the day. It’s too soon to call a winner right now (we did receive around 5,000 Tweets during the 12 hours the competition was open). But we do hope to have...

The Breakup Tweet Challenge is now closed

What a day it’s been! Thank you Canada for keeping us chuckling and smiling all day long with your pithy, funny Tweets. We’re a little exhausted (read: extremely worn out) from trying to keep up with you. ...

How to date a writer: Heather O'Neill

Here, laid bare for Valentine's Day, Heather O'Neill offers 10 tips on the perils and the pleasures of a romancing a writer:...

Breakup Tweet Challenge: Meet your judge

Ladies and gentlemen, may we present your judge for our Breakup Tweet Challenge: Globe and Mail and Elle Canada columnist—and pithy tweeter extraordinaire—@TabathaSouthey....

Want to date a writer? Read this first.

Since Valentine's Day is looming, we asked five Canadian writers for their words of warning for getting romantically involved with one of their kind. Here are their top 10 tips....

Short Story Longlist announced

You’ve waited a long time. Now you have to wait another 11 days to find out who made the longlist for the 2012 CBC Short Story Award.There are 35 names on this year’s longlist and they hail from all across Canada. Be sure to check back here on Monday, February 20th...

Brad Smith takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

The author of Red Means Run submits to our very own 20 questions, courtesy of Canadian author Dany Laferrière.About the Laferrière Questionnaire: We asked writer Dany Laferrière to reinterpret the Proust Questionnaire for the 21st century. He put together 20 questions that shine a light on who we really are, both...

More from: Laferriere Questionnaire

Meet the Namedropping Nonfiction winner

Challenge winner Jennifer Goddard, of Montreal, Quebec, on loving the puzzle of telling a story in 100 words.    ...

Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge: We have a winner!

...and a runner-up! Our judge, the inimitable JJ Lee, has pored over the hundreds of entries we received in our Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge and divulged his top two entries....

Creative Nonfiction now closed

A big thank you to all the Canadians who took part in this year’s Creative Nonfiction competition. Now comes the hard part: the waiting…All submissions will now be processed and sent on to our readers and jurors. All entries will be rendered blind and a jury composed of well-known and...

Experience some Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever can be a good thing. To celebrate our new partnership with The Banff Centre and to mark the closing of the competition for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, we are pleased to present three excerpts from Cabin Fever: The Best New Canadian Non-Fiction. Authors Charlotte Gill, Taras Grescoe and Jaspreet Singh have...




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