Non fiction Writing Contests Canada

A work of creative nonfiction (also known as literary nonfiction) is a true story that conveys its details through the use of literary techniques (such as characterization, plot, setting, dialogue, narrative, and personal reflection). Examples include memoir, biography and personal essay.

What can you win?

The First Prize winner will receive $6, 000, courtesy of the, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a writing residency at 's Leighton Artists' Colony, and will receive exposure on CBC Radio.

logos-middle2.jpgThe 4 runners-up will each receive , 000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

How to submit

Submissions to the CBC Creative Nonfiction Competition must be between 1, 200 and 1, 500 words. Participants may submit as many stories that they like. A fee of $25 for administration purposes is required for each entry.

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Q&A

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What is the purpose of non fiction writing

Biographies and autobiographies, for example, have the purpose of informing the reader. They use explanatory, descriptive, and narrative paragraphs. Other types of nonfiction, such as newspaper editorials, are intended to win readers.