I didn’t know who won this year or who the other nominees were until today, when I found the information on their website. Turns out I was one of three shortlisted writers: the winner, Eve Joseph, who won for her personal essay “Intimate Strangers” from the Winter 2010 issue of The Malahat Review (which I loved, by the way), and Charles Foran, who was nominated for Mordecai: Life and Times, a book for which he recently won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for non-fiction, only the largest non-fiction award in Canada! Needless to say, I am humbled.
You can check the collective’s website here, join, and sign up for their listserve, which I am mildly addicted to. The list aims to keep subscribers abreast of issues, concerns, and professional development options pertaining to nonfiction writing. So far I haven’t felt courageous enough to contribute to any of the enthralling, inspiring and thought-provoking discussions that take place in that virtual community, but maybe I’ll get over it one day.