Congratulations to alumna Becky Blake, winner of the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize! This is a second CBC literary prize win for Becky, who won the short fiction prize in 2013. Judged by Carmen Aguirre, Dave Bidini and Charlotte Gray, Becky's piece, "Trust Exercise" was selected out of more than 1400 submissions. Here's the rundown from CBC Books:
From the jury: "'Trust Exercise' is an elegant reminder not only of the malleability of memory, but also of its interruptions," wrote the jury in a statement. "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."
Becky receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will have her story published in Air Canada enRoute magazine and on CBC Books. She will also have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Bonus behind-the-scenes MFA context: Becky's forthcoming novel will be published by fellow alum Paul Vermeerch's Buckrider Books imprint at Wolsak & Wynn—plus, the invitation to write about food, which prompted the first draft of this essay, came from MFA classmate Eufemia Fantetti for the book launch of her own debut, A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love.