CBC Nonfiction Prize

This past week something truly marvelous happened. My story "Trust Exercise" won the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize! This prize includes $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The other shortlisted stories were all incredibly powerful, and I feel like the luckiest writer alive at the moment.

The jury, composed of David Bidini, Charlotte Gray, and Carmen Aguirre had these lovely words to say about my piece:

"'Trust Exercise' is an elegant reminder not only of the malleability of memory, but also of its interruptions. The writing here breathes like a series of long sighs, and there's a quiet to the prose the way a flame set to parchment is muted yet alive. The devil is in the details, sure, but this wry story of love glides and swoops, too."

Celebrating beside my bookshelf!

Celebrating beside my bookshelf!

Becky Blake