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The Marina Nemat Award

Thanks in part to the generosity of Creative Writing Certificate Graduate and instructor, Marina Nemat, the School of Continuing Studies is pleased to offer this cash award to our most promising Creative Writing Certificate students.

Marina Nemat’s final project, the international best-selling memoir Prisoner of Tehran, has now been published in 28 countries. She has since authored the follow-up memoir After Tehran.

There is no application process for this award – one $1000 award will be given each year to the outstanding Final Project of a Creative Writing Certificate student. The winner is chosen by an esteemed panel of Canadian publishing industry professionals.

Previous winners include Ken Murray, whose novel Eulogy was published in June 2015 by Tightrope Books; Sabrina Ramnanan, whose novel Nothing Like Love was published in April 2015 by Doubleday Canada; Ann Choi whose novel Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety is set to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2016; Anne Perdue, whose collection of short stories I’m a Registered Nurse Not a Whore was published in 2009 by Insomniac Press in 2009; and Janice Colbert, an award-winning poet and visual artist who created the Janice Colbert Poetry Award at the School of Continuing Studies in 2012.