2020 Constance Rooke CNF Prize Contest Judge: Rowan McCandless

Rowan McCandlessRowan McCandless writes from Winnipeg, which is located on Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. She earned her B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Winnipeg, and her creative writing certificate from SFU’s The Writers’ Studio (2019). In 2018, Rowan’s short story, "Castaways," was long-listed for the Journey Prize, and her essay, "Found Objects," won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. In 2020, she was selected as a two-time nominee in the One-of-a-Kind category of the National Magazine Awards. Her essay collection, Persephone’s Children, will be published in 2021 with Dundurn Press. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in print and online journals such as The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, Room, The Nasiona and in the anthology, Black Writers Matter.