CBC Literary Prizes

Let Her In by Karl Meade

Karl Meade had made the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for Let Her In.

2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist

Karl Meade is a novelist and poet based on Salt Spring Island, B.C. (Georgia Meade)

Karl Meade had made the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for Let Her In.

About Karl

Karl Meade is a novelist and poet living on Salt Spring Island, B.C. He has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, shortlisted for Arc Poetry Magazine's Poem of the Year and shortlisted for the Malahat Review's Open Season Award for creative nonfiction. His work has appeared in numerous literary magazines in Canada and the U.S., such as the Literary Review of Canada, Contemporary Verse 2, The Fiddlehead, Event, Open Letter and Chronogram. His novel, Odd Jobs, was a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards finalist for Humour and an iTunes Top 20 arts and literature podcast.

Entry in five-ish words

Coming-of-age through grief and humour.

The story's source of inspiration

"My mom died of cancer when I was 17. My dad basically saved my life, but not in the way you'd expect. We were thrown together as bachelors, and it wasn't always clear who was 48 and who was 17. We grieved deeply and laughed deeply. Just how she would've wanted us to."

First lines

  "Like most of us, my dad is an onion. Layered, pungent, complex and often with a bite to him. But beneath that tough skin, beneath that Halifax shipyard upbringing, his 32-year Air-Force-Major demeanor and his my-dad-kicked-me-out-at-17-so-don't-give-me-that-crap motto, you'll find a Tibetan monk. You just have to peel a few layers to get there."

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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