The Humber Literary Review (HLR) and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have joined forces to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest.


CONTEST CLOSES February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EST

Winners will be announced in May 2021 during the annual CNFC virtual conference. First prize includes 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WHAT: Original previously unpublished creative nonfiction – maximum word length 3,000 words (no minimum).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, 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 8, 2020 to February 15, 2021.


FEE: General public $20; CNFC members $15. Members of the CNFC receive a discount on the entry fee. To find out about becoming a member, visit the CNFC website. 


HOW: Submissions accepted via this only submission form only. The contest will be judged blind so PLEASE don’t put your name or contact information on the actual submission. If you do not delete identifying information, your submission will be disqualified.

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The Humber Literary Review (HLR), 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


The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) promotes innovation and excellence in Canadian creative nonfiction writing. It  provides almost 300 members from across Canada with opportunities to enrich professional skills, including support in adapting to new publishing contexts. 

The CNFC advocates for the genre’s prominence and inclusion in Canada’s educational institutions, cultural agencies, and literary organizations. The annual CNFC conference planned for May 21 will be virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Creative Nonfiction Collective Society