Student CBC Literary Award Finalist

March 01, 2011 - News Release

A University of Guelph MFA student has been named a finalist for the 2011 CBC Literary Awards, one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious literary competitions.

Mathew Henderson is among five candidates shortlisted in the poetry category for his work Oilfield Poems. A second-year student from Prince Edward Island, he writes about working in the oilfields of Alberta.

The finalists were chosen from among 5,000 submissions received in English and French from across Canada in creative non-fiction, poetry and short story categories.

Two winners from both languages are named in each category and will be announced March 24.

The first- and second-prize winners in each category will receive $6,000 and $4,000, respectively, and their works will be published in enRoute magazine.

Founded in 1979, the CBC Literary Awards have helped launch the careers of some of Canada’s most successful authors, including U of G English professor Janice Kulyk Keefer. Other previous winners include internationally acclaimed authors Michael Ondaatje and Carol Shields.

Read excerpts from the shortlisted texts on the awards website and vote for your favourite in each category: creative non-fiction, week of Feb. 28; poetry, week of March 7; and short stories, week of March 14.

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