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CBC Radio Essay Opportunity

My name is Karen Levine and I work at This Morning, the national current affairs programme that runs on CBC Radio from 9 to noon, six days a week.  I am the producer of a regular feature on the show - First Person Singular.

First Person Singulars are personal essays about life changing moments, written and read on the air by people who submit them.  They are very popular, and we have more than enough people wanting to participate.  But this year, I have been given some time and money to try and produce more diversity in the voices we bring to the airwaves.  I'm hoping you'll be able to help spread the word.

I want to get as many immigrant / refugee / minority / young voices on the radio as I possibly can.  I am looking for suggestions of people who might write for me.

Below are the general guidelines for First Person Singular.  If you have any questions don't hesistate to ask.

First Person Singular

CBC Radio's flagship current affairs program, This Morning, is in the market for personal essays.  We call this feature of the show "First Person Singular."

On First Person Singular, we mark life-changing moments and experiences.  The stories can be sad, funny, serious, whimsical.  They can be about anything from birth to death, from learning to read to singing with elephants.  The only rules are that they must be true, must be between 500 and 1,000 words and must be from the writer's own experience.

These pieces do not deal with issues, but with significant experiences and happenings that shape people's lives in big and small ways.  In each there should be an an element of transformation .... an epiphany ... a turning point.  They must be delivered in a narrative form, with the colour and detail necessary to make a story come alive on radio.  The possibilities are dazzling ... and endless.

If a submission is accepted for broadcast, the writer (with coaching) will voice the piece and receive an honorarium of $125.

Submissions should be sent to producer Karen Levine at:

Fax:  (416) 205-6134, and
Letter mail:

First Person Singular
This Morning
CBC Radio One
Box 500, Station "A"
Toronto, ON
M5W 1E6
Tel:  (416) 205-2650.