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Creative Nonfiction Contest Now Open!

The Fiddlehead's 2021 Creative Nonfiction contest is now open and we're excited to announce that Chelene Knight will be judging this year's submissions! 









Chelene Knight is the author of Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, and the Toronto Star. Her work is anthologized in Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter, winner of the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Award.
The Toronto Star called Knight, “one of the storytellers we need most right now.” Knight was the previous managing editor at Room magazine, and the previous festival director for the Growing Room Festival in Vancouver. She is now CEO of her own literary studio, Breathing Space Creative, and she works as an associate literary agent with Transatlantic Agency. Chelene often gives talks about home, belonging and belief, inclusivity, and community building through authentic storytelling. 

There will be one prize of $2000 for the winning submission. Check out the contest submission guidelines for more information!

This year's contest deadline is Tuesday, June 1, 2021 (postmarked for mailed entries and 11:59 pm Atlantic Standard Time for Submittable entries). 

Good luck to all entrants!




I would love to participate in this contest.

Hi — you have until tonight at midnight (Atlantic)!

Where can we see the results of this contest?

Hi Maria, The shortlist will be posted on the website and our social media in mid-September. The winner of the contest will be announced at the beginning of October and will be published in the Autumn issue which comes out in October.

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