CBC Literary Prizes

Child Hood by Gare Joyce

Gare Joyce has made the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for Child Hood.

2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist

Gare Joyce is a Toronto-based writer and the author of novel The Code. (Kevin Maclennan)

Gare Joyce has made the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for Child Hood.

About Gare

Born and based in Toronto, Gare Joyce has won four National Magazine Awards and been shortlisted 20 times. His first novel, The Code, was adapted for the television series Private Eyes, starring Jason Priestley. His first piece of fiction appeared in ESPN The Magazine in a special short story issue edited by Dave Eggers. Joyce works at Rogers Sportsnet and previously typed for the Globe and Mail, ESPN and umpteen other publications. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor and, once, Canadian Hairdresser. He performs stand-up comedy regularly with decidedly mixed results.

Entry in five-ish words

Adolescent criminal among the privileged.

The story's source of inspiration

"I read a news story of a Group of Seven painting at an auction. Without giving anything away, that sent me back in time to my worst year as a teenager."

First lines

"Upper Canada College is 37 acres of prime uptown real estate, so big that Avenue Road has to get out of its way. After all, U.C.C. was there first. In fact, the school is five years older than the incorporated city of Toronto. The first class was taught at U.C.C. in 1829. Ever since, the sons of old money have learned to tie their shoes there, at least those who qualify academically. For those who can't clear the modest bar, there's St. Andrews or Ridley or other exiles for family embarrassments."

About the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize

The winner of the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have their story published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.

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