carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society are pleased to announce the long list for our 2014-15 creative nonfiction competition.
Congratulations to everyone who made the long list and a big thank you to everyone who participated!
When I was seventeen, living in Edmonton, I knew a boy named Mitch who, unlike the rest of us suburban softies, already lived on his own and had to pay his way through life. Mitch was violent, and routinely beat up his friends for perceived transgressions against him. He had a heroic scar on his face from the time he pissed off a drug gang and they went after him with a hatchet.
This past fall, carte blanche celebrated its 10th anniversary, and it has been 10 years that I have been involved in the magazine, first as a co-founder, then as editor. The time has come for me to move on.
Stepping down as editor feels a little like how I imagine parents feel when sending a first child off to college…
Monique Polak tells the story of how teaching her husband the “niceties of life” led to a case of mistaken identity. She told her story live at This Really Happened at Blue Metropolis in April 2014.
Giller-prize winner Sean Michaels on moments of real connection with Russians he met online on couchsurfing.com. He told his story live at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival in April 2014.