How I started writing: Dimitri Nasrallah
The Quebec Writing Competition deadline is May 1st, 2013.
The competition is run by the CBC in partnership with the Quebec Writers' Federation, and is open to unpublished short stories.
The winner receives a cash prize of $1500, as well as a broadcast of their story on Cinq à Six, and publication in Maisonneuve Magazine and in an anthology by Vehicule Press.
To help give you some inspiration, from now until the deadline, each week we will bring you the story "the moment".
The moment when a now-established writer got that initial courage to put the pen to paper or to sit down at the computer, and start to write.
The moment when a person knows, without question, that they are meant to be a storyteller.
This week, we hear from Dimitri Nasrallah.
He is the author of two novels, Niko and Blackbodying. He has also contributed essays and non-fiction to the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Montreal Gazette, Montreal Review of Books, and Exclaim!.
Niko won the 2011 QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Award and was recently longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Award.
Deciding to "officially" become a writer took a lot of guts for Dimitri Nasrallah. As the son of a immigrant family, his parents were expecting something more conventional.
Listen to his story:
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