WHEN: Competition runs from January 1 to February 29, 2016.
WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.
HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the "submit" link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the offline submission form.
A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.
The 2016 Creative Nonfiction Prize will be judged by Brian Brett, Diane Schoemperlen and Drew Hayden Taylor. Brian Brett is a poet, journalist and award-winning writer of the memoir Tuco: The Parrot, the Others and the Scattershot World. Diane Schoemperlen's latest work is a memoir titled This Is Not My Life. In 1998, she won the Governor General's Literary Prize for the collection Forms of Devotion. Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright and novelist. His upcoming work is a collection of science fiction tales called Take Us To Your Chief. Find out more about the jury here.
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).