From Clay by Miles Steyn
2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist
Miles Steyn has made the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for From Clay.
Miles Steyn was born in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, moved to Vancouver, B.C., at nine and has been back and forth ever since. His creative nonfiction has appeared in Existere, the Xanadu Anthology, Unsubscribe Magazine and Gold Literary Magazine. His essay Wire to the Sky was shortlisted for EVENT Magazine's creative nonfiction contest. Steyn is currently in the second year of his MFA at the University of Victoria. An immigrant, he writes about nationality. A brother without a sister, he writes about loss. A member of a biracial family, he writes about difference. He plans to further explore these themes in his thesis project — a literary travel memoir.
Entry in five-ish words
Shaping the dead from memory.
The story's source of inspiration
"My parents, who consistently find new ways of honouring my sister's life. I admire them for it, but didn't always. I wrote this story to understand why."
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.