The Humber Literary Review (HLR) and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have joined forces to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest. The 2022 Contest opens November 12, 2021.
CONTEST CLOSES Monday February 21, 2022 at 11:59pm PST.
Winners will be announced in June 2022 during the 2022 CNFC annual conference. First prize will include a payment of $750 and publication in The Humber Literary Review.
WHAT: Original previously unpublished creative nonfiction – maximum word length 3,000 words (no minimum). Literary journalism, memoir, and the personal or lyric essay—all are welcome.
WHO: The competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
WHEN: The competition is open from November 12, 2021 to February 21, 2022.
FEE: General public $20 per submission; CNFC members $15 per submission.
CNFC members receive a discounted entry fee. You can become a member by registering here.
HOW: Submissions will be accepted via CNFC’s event management system.
In order to avoid disqualification, please take note of the following guidelines:
The contest will be judged blind so please DO NOT put your name or contact information on the actual submission.
Please take note of the word count and ENSURE that your entry is no more than 3,000 words.
Proper formatting is required. Please ENSURE that your entry is double-spaced, with no less than 1-inch margins, using standard 12-point fonts such as Times New Roman, Garamond, or Arial.
Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be disqualified.
The Humber Literary Review, a literary and arts magazine, publishes two print issues a year (fall/winter & spring/summer). Its pages feature personal essays, short fiction, poetry, artwork, and comics by emerging and established Canadian artists. The HLR is distributed by Magazines Canada and can be found in bookstores and on newsstands across the country. Work from the HLR has been featured in Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Essays, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Find out more.