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Nelson author in running for CBC Nonfiction Prize

Rayya Liebich was longlisted for the CBC Nonfiction Prize.

Nelson author Rayya Liebich was longlisted for the CBC Nonfiction Prize.

“I was excited and surprised because I know it’s a long shot to submit to that competition that gets so many entries. I was excited.”

Liebich’s essay is about language, lineage, loss and identity. 

“The big theme of the piece is secondary loss, so the ripples of loss after you lose someone you love," Liebich explains.

"My piece is about how my whole web of belonging changed after my mom’s death.”

Thirty-one writers were longlisted for this annual contest, selected from more than 1,700 submissions.

In addition to a cash prize of $6000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Grand Prize winner will receive a two-week writing residency at Banff Centre for Arts and publication on the CBC Books website.

The four other finalists will receive $1000 from the Canada Council for the Artsand publication on CBC Books.

Read more about Rayya Liebich as Reporter Sarah Lord speaks with the Nelson author in the latest Daily Dose feature.