CBC Literary Prizes

"The Loop" by Izzy Ferguson

Izzy Ferguson has made the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for "The Loop."

2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist

Izzy Ferguson is an architect and a veteran of many love affairs, some consummated more than others. (Archie Leach)

Izzy Ferguson has made the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for "The Loop."

About Izzy

Izzy Ferguson is a veteran of many love affairs, some consummated more than others. Ferguson is an architect with a 33-year practice in Toronto — recently closed — with a few prizes and many scars, a writer and a family man. He has, "one very fine wife, two very fine daughters and four very fine grandchildren."

Entry in five-ish words

Birds do it. Can I?

The story's source of inspiration

"If inspiration implies a flash of light and desire, there was none. 'The Loop' is simply a retrospective grapple with where I came from, what happened there and then, and what (if any) understandings might emerge from the whole mess — hoping that with greater understanding might come greater competence in living a life. I suspect most writers, in every piece large and small, are reaching for something similar — a little more clarity and competence in governing themselves."

First lines

"I learned to fly at a small-town airport with two grass runways. Both of them were a little too short for comfort, but at least the grass cushioned poor landings, especially after rain. I was eager to fly because I was young, foolish and self-absorbed. Flying offered something for each of me: the youth got excitement, the fool avoidable danger, and the egotist the opportunity, too often seized, to boast. My instructor, however, wanted a craftsman."

About the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize

The winner of the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have an opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their story published on CBC Books and in Air Canada enRoute magazine. Four finalists will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books

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