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CBC Literary Prize winners get a writing residency ⁠— Chanel M. Sutherland shares how it’s life-changing

Two-time CBC Prizes winner M. Sutherland won a two-week residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. (Submitted by Chanel M. Sutherland) Chanel M. Sutherland is a two-time CBC Literary Prize winner. She first won the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize for her essay, ‘Umbrella.' Then in 2022, she won the CBC Short Story Prize for her story ‘Beneath the Softness of Snow.' The 2023 CBC Nonfiction Prize is currently open for submissions! You can submit original, unpublished works of nonfiction up to 2,000 words. Memoir, biography, humour writing, essay, personal essay, travel writing or a feature article are all accepted. The prize is open for submissions until Feb. 28, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Sutherland wrote about her writing residency and why such experiences are important for writers. I have never before given myself permission to say, “I am a writer.” Although it's been a lifelong dream that followed me, more present than my shadow, whenever someone asked, “What do you do?” the word “writer” always felt heavy on the tongue — or worse — like it didn't belong to me. That was until I won the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize . Before that fateful day in October 2021, when CBC Books announced me as the winner for my narrative essay Umbrella , I wrote during the in-betweens of life — on the bus, subway, during sleepless nights. There was never enough space or time in the day to sit down and commit to […]

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