Announcing the shortlist for the carte blanche/CNFC competition

carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society are pleased to announce the shortlist for our 2015-16 creative nonfiction competition.

The winner of the competition will be announced at the 12th Annual CNFC Conference, which will be held in Banff from April 21 – 24th.

Video: Dispatches from Ann-Marie MacDonald

During her time as the 2015 Mordecai Richler Writer in Residence at Concordia University, Ann-Marie MacDonald has been chronicling her experiences in a series of ‘dispatches.’ In these brief videos the award-winning author reflects on and among the writerly-tools of the late author. Richler attended what is now the Sir-George Williams campus of the university from 1949-1951.

And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Deborah Van Slet, winner of the 2015 3Macs carte blanche Prize! Van Slet was awarded the prize for her nonfiction piece, “Self-Serve” from Issue 24. We extend our thanks to this year’s judge, Kathleen Winter, and invite you to read the winning piece in full here.

Why Beloved is the most important book I never finished

As a wispy reader of 9 or so I spied a copy on the shelf built into my mother’s headboard, tucked among several books by Iyanla Vanzant and a John Grisham paperback or two. Its location on that shelf alone made it seductive; one of a collection so very unsuitable for my self. But prying into Adult Things while unsupervised was a favourite pastime of mine so…

Kickstart The Doug Wright Awards 10th anniversary ceremony!

This year marks the tenth anniversary of The Doug Wright Awards For Canadian Cartooning, and they’re calling on you to help celebrate! Earlier this month we were super excited to learn that our comics editor, Georgia Webber, had been nominated for her series Dumb. We are happy to report that she’ll be among the artists contributing to a special commemorative zine to mark the occasion, but not without your help.

Happy Anniversary to Us!

The rumours are true: we’re turning ten years old this fall! We know, we know, we don’t look a day over three.

We’ve got quite a few plans to mark our anniversary. We’ll be celebrating all year leading up to our autumnal birthday: at the beginning of each month, a different carte blanche editor will share their own Top 10 list on the blog.