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Congratulations to Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner K Ho!

We're excited to announce that K Ho is the winner of our 2021 Creative Nonfiction Contest and $2000 prize! Their essay Dispatches will be featured in our upcoming Autumn issue, no. 289.

K Ho is a writer and photographer based in unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver BC). Their work has been published in several journals and is forthcoming in Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing. They are completing their MFA in creative writing.

Thank you to all who entered the creative nonfiction contest and congratulations to the fifteen finalists. And thanks again to our judge Chelene Knight!

Excerpt from "Dispatches" by K Ho

Dispatches by K Ho, 2021 Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner


Every morning before my online creative writing workshop, I take a black handheld device, about four inches long and one inch wide, and line it up next to my laptop. It looks like an old-school cellphone, not unlike an early-aughts Nokia mobile on which many eager hands played Snake. The device has a red button and a mouthpiece of scattered dots for soundwaves to slide through. I press record and wait for class to begin.

"11/11/19" An Excerpt From Sam Cheuk's Poetry Selection

11/11/19 by Sam Cheuk

Necessity is the mother of invention
but the city is running out of material.
Tho the young keep impressing,
behind a secret of umbrellas
the frontline dreams a catapult
from scaffold of bamboo stalks.

A friend, when in Romania, gushed on
about pep rallies students held
to sever blood debt, same two words
scrawled across the walls here,
minus the romance among
the Montagues & Capulets.

Interview with Melanie Bell by Adrien Beaman

Melanie Bell holds an MA in Creative Writing from Concordia University. Her work has appeared in Cicada, Contrary Magazine, Huffington Post and other publications. She is the co-author of a nonfiction book, The Modern Enneagram, and her short story collection Dream Signs is forthcoming from Lost Fox Publishing. Her story A Limit to Growth was featured in the Summer Fiction issue of The Fiddlehead. 

2021 Creative Nonfiction Contest Shortlist Announced!

The Fiddlehead is excited to announce the finalists of our 2021 Creative Nonfiction Contest, judged by Chelene Knight! The winner of the $2000 contest prize will be announced on October 1 and the winning essay will appear in the Autumn 2021 issue (289). Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to the following fifteen finalists!


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