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The CBC Nonfiction Prize is accepting submissions until Feb. 28, 2019. (Christin Hume on Unsplash)

Are you planning to enter the 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize, but are looking for some inspiration to get you started?

Subscribe to the CBC Nonfiction Prize newsletter and we will send you different writing tips, tricks and prompts every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday while the Prize is open for submissions, starting Jan. 1, 2020.

The winner of the CBC Nonfiction Prize 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 have their work published on CBC Books.

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

The CBC Literary Prizes have been supporting and celebrating Canadian writers since 1979, so 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Prizes. Past winners include Michael OndaatjeCarol ShieldsMichael Winter and Frances Itani.

Last year's winner was Sandra Murdock for Easy Family Dinners. You can read the 2018 shortlist here.

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