2021 carte blanche prize longlist

carte blanche is thrilled to announce the longlist for the 2021 carte blanche Prize! The six nominees are:

1.  “The Cloud Shoveller” translated by Louise Hinton from Simon Boulerice from issue 41 (Translation)

2. “wind is the flow of gasses on a large scale (wikipedia)” by Trynne Delaney from issue 40 (Poetry)

 3. “Tricks” by Noa Padawer-Blatt from issue 41 (Fiction)

4. “The Queue” by Helen Chau Bradley from issue 40 (Fiction) 

5. “Sickness in Limbo” by M-X Marin from our forthcoming issue 42 (CNF)

6. “Expect What Happened to Happen Again” by Vrnq Synnott  from our forthcoming issue 42 (CNF)

Congratulations to the six nominees for making the longlist, which were determined by the carte blanche Editorial Board. Three shortlisted finalists from this longlist will be selected by our guest juror and revealed in early November. The winner will be announced at the 2021 QWF Awards Gala on November 24, 2021.

We are pleased to announce that the juror for the 2021 carte blanche Prize is Gillian Sze! Sze won the prize in 2011 for her poem “Like This Together – Crisis.”

Gillian Sze is the author of multiple poetry collections and picture books. Her poetry has been nominated for the QWF’s A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry, as well as received awards such as the University of Winnipeg Writers’ Circle Prize and the 3Macs carte blanche Prize. Gillian studied creative writing and received a PhD in études anglaises from Université de Montréal. Her forthcoming collection of poems and essays, Quiet Night Think, explores the early shaping of a writer, the creative process, and motherhood, and will be published next spring with ECW Press.

The carte blanche Prize is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding submission by a Quebec writer or translator that has been published in carte blanche within the year. The winner of last year’s prize (2020) was Alexei Perry Cox for “It’s a Slow Ride.”