CBC Literary Prizes

White Space by Kevin Chong

Kevin Chong has made the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for White Space.

2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist

Kevin Chong is a writer from Vancouver. (Andrew Querner)

Kevin Chong has made the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for White Space.

The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and will have their work published by CBC Books.

Four finalists will receive $1,000 from Canada Council for the Arts and will have their work published by CBC Books.

The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 24. The winner will be announced on Oct. 1.

About Kevin

Kevin Chong is the author of six books, most recently The Plague, a retelling of Albert Camus' novel of the same name. Based in Vancouver, he teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Entry in five-ish words

"Whiteness, on pages, in cities." 

The story's source of inspiration

"I was reading about the 'White Lunch,' a chain of restaurants that used its whites-only staff as a selling point. From there I stumbled on the 1931 murder of a white woman working at a Chinese cafe in a master's thesis by Roseanne Sia."

First lines

About the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize

The winner of the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

The 2021 CBC Short Story Prize is currently open for submissions. The 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January. The 2021 CBC Poetry Prize will open in April.

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