Victoria writer Jenny Boychuk on shortlist for CBC literary prize

Five writers were named Wednesday to the shortlist for the 2019 CBC Nonfiction Prize, including Jenny Boychuk of Victoria.

Boychuk’s Slow Violence was nominated alongside works by Ontario writers Larry Gibbs, Kathleen May, Tracey McGillivray and Emily Stillwell.

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The winner, who will be announced Sept. 25, will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts. 

The winner will also attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published online at CBC Books.

The five finalists were selected from a longlist of 31 writers from across Canada, chosen from more than 2,200 English-language submissions.

Boychuk, who was raised in Revelstoke and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program, previously won the Hopwood Award for non-fiction and the Meader Family Award during her time at the University of Michigan.

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