Non-winning

27 06 2013

On Tuesday, the finalists in the CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-fiction contest were announced. I had been waiting for months to find out the results, and since I knew I probably wouldn’t be on the longlist with a piece that I had written and submitted days before the deadline that I wasn’t thrilled about, I wasn’t expecting to make it. Which as it turns out, is what happened.

I was pretty bummed, but the good thing about it is that I ended up with a piece that I now really like, and that I can submit elsewhere. And I’ll probably end up putting it in my book, so yay.

I’m a non-winner!





Officially entered

31 01 2013

I’ve officially entered the CBC Canada Writes Competition.  I’m actually a little surprised I was able to write my story in time, to be honest.  About ten days ago, I thought for sure I wouldn’t have time to do it especially with this paper coming up and planning the reading/fundraiser I’ve been planning for a while.  But I did it!  With one day to spare.  Suck on that.

I would like to thank my good friend Stefan for helping me edit my piece down to the word limit.  There’s no way I would’ve been able to cut 200 words from my story without him.  I don’t feel like my story was that well-written, but I think I have a somewhat good story.  Or maybe I’m being too self-critical.  Now we’ll just wait and see in a few months what happens…





CBC Canada Writes Competition

9 01 2013

I have made it a goal of mine to enter the Canada Writes Competition, hosted by the CBC, and I think I have a decent chance too.  According to their site, they get about 4000 English entries every year, and 25% is Creative Non-fiction, which is 1000.  Seems like a lot, but I feel that I’m not afraid to go talk more about gritty stuff like sexuality and all that messiness and making people feel sad too (apparently).  Anyway, I don’t currently have anything written between 1200-1500 words at the moment (everything is longer), but I have ideas that might work.  I just have to find the time to work on them, edit them over and over, and send it in.  It’s exciting to think about, actually.  And even if I don’t win, at least I’ll have written another piece, which, I want to do anyway.

http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/nonfiction/index.html