And the winner of the carte blanche/CNFC contest is…

Congratulations to Nicole Breit for her essay “Spectrum”!

nicole-breit-photoNicole Breit is a poet and essayist who lives and writes in the suburbs of Vancouver. She was nominated for the Malahat Review 2016 Open Season awards, the 2015 Room poetry prize and the 2015 PRISM International CNF contest. Her debut poetry chapbook, I Can Make Life, was a finalist for the 2012 Mary Ballard poetry competition. Her work has been published in carte blanche, Exhale and other print and online publications.


Spectrum (excerpt)

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The wild strawberry flush across my chest, her cheeks. An illicit kiss in her basement suite.
Five years in, we start counting: two eggs bled away casually every month.
Then, six months of flirting, negotiations. Two hopeful women. A captivated man.
Cosmopolitans. Our red leather couch under mistletoe and holly berries. Jazzberry cartoon hearts radiate around all of us.
“Please don’t break our hearts,” I say.
“I won’t.” His scarlet cape promise. The last time we see him.
A year and a half later the rouged Costco employee, white hair rolled into a hairnet, hands out samples. Lights up, says “Such a beautiful baby!” and asks again, “But really, who’s the real mother?”
My girlfriend — the birth mother — looks down at her kid-size cup of tickle-me-pink sauce and says flatly, “This tastes terrible.”

You can read the rest of the winning essay in the next issue of carte blanche. Stay tuned!


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Announcing the long list for carte blanche/CNFC contest

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

“My Father, the Bird” by Kate Braid
“Spectrum” by Nicole Breit
“The Birth of Lizard Boy” by William J Crow
“Answer: Mostly Ds – A Cautionary Quiz” by Phil M Dwyer
“Through the Damascus Gate” by Jane Finlay-Young
“Members Only” by Janet L Fretter
“Kimchi” by Megan A Kaczor
“Cannot predict now” by Lezlie M Lowe
“Hedy and Flo” by Cindy I Matthews
“Little Love Punches” by Gina Roitman
“The Happiest Place on Earth” by Grace E Thompson

Congratulations to everyone who made the long list and a big thank you to everyone who participated!

Thank you also to competition readers: Laurence Miall, Susan Olding, and David Swick.

The winner of the competition will be announced at the 12th Annual CNFC Conference, which will be held in Banff from April 21 – 24, 2016.


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Announcing the judge for the 2016 carte blanche/CNFC contest

carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society are pleased to announce the judge for our third annual creative nonfiction contest:

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Deni Ellis Béchard is a journalist, novelist, memoirist, photographer, and activist. He has published three books, the first of which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was translated into French, Arabic, and Russian. Deni will also be delivering the keynote at this year’s CNFC conference in Banff, where he’ll address the importance of the narrative arts in a time of social and environmental upheaval, and discuss how writing can be activism while maintaining artistic and journalistic integrity.

Deni’s articles and photos—often about human rights, women’s rights, and conservation—have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including the LA Times, Salon, The Guardian, La Repubblica, Vanity Fair Italia, The Solutions Journal, The Harvard Review, The Herald Scotland, and Foreign Policy Magazine. One of his photos of Afghan women cyclists has been exhibited in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. He has also published a book of journalism about conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a memoir about his father who robbed banks. He has two books forthcoming in 2016: Into the Sun, a novel about the Civilian Surge in Afghanistan, and Kuei, je te salue, a book about racism against First Nations people in Canada.

The contest long list will be announced later this week.


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CNF Round-up #5

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Links to news, information, stories, and other things of interest to creative nonfiction writers

Compiled by Maria Turner 

The deadline is coming soon! Submit now to our creative nonfiction competition for a chance to win $750 and be published in carte blanche. 

If you like competitive cooking shows, then this piece from Brevity is for you. Caitlin Horrocks illustrates how “cooking competitions offer a useful lens for looking at revision.”

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CNF Round-up #2

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Links to news, information, stories, and other things of interest to creative nonfiction writers

Sloane Crosley on the difference between writing fiction and nonfiction:

“When a writer goes from writing nonfiction to writing fiction, it’s called a leap. When she goes from writing fiction to writing nonfiction, it’s not called anything. A diversion, perhaps, or an excursion, maybe an extra paycheck.”

A list of nonfiction books that every woman should read. (And men too, of course.)

And the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize winner is…

Jennifer Niesslein on editing a web magazine and not getting paid for it:

“Why do I work so hard for free? I have to admit, there is an ego element to it: it’s like being the president of a fan club. I get to connect work I love with readers who love it as much as I do, and I get credit for it.”

Galen Strawson asks, Are you a Narrative or a non-Narrative?:

“Nevertheless, it does seem that there are some deeply Narrative types among us, where to be Narrative with a capital ‘N’ is (here I offer a definition) to be naturally disposed to experience or conceive of one’s life, one’s existence in time, oneself, in a narrative way, as having the form of a story, or perhaps a collection of stories, and – in some manner – to live in and through this conception.”

And apparently there are some non-Narrative types out there…

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