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Autobiography Challenge

Autobiography Challenge: Announcing the Top 10

Drum roll please... We received more than 400 submissions to the Canada Writes Autobiography Challenge. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and great sense of humour! 

We asked you to introduce yourself to the Canada Writes community and you sent us the titles and jacket blurbs to your fictional autobiography. Well done! It was a tough job, but we narrowed the selection down to the 10 finalists below. Among them, one will be named winner and receive the coveted prize: an iPad 2.

But first we need your help. We're giving you the chance to vote for one spot on the shortlist. Our guest judge, Kirstie McLellan Day, will then pick a winner. Which do you think deserves to be on that shortlist?

Read through the ten finalists and vote using the online poll below. Voting on the shortlist continues until Monday, September 12 at 9 AM (ET). We will announce the shortlist the same day at 3 PM (ET). 

And from the Canada Writes team - thanks to all of you who entered for some seriously fun reading!

Northern Irregular
By Lev Bratishenko
Montreal, QC

Pressganged into the Soviet National Hockey team at age 6, Lev Bratishenko defected to Canada at the first opportunity and wired his parents enough money to join him. So begins a tale of international weirdness and scandal that the Pope called "Unspeakable! I'll burn it as soon as I'm done."

A Series Of Awkward Goodbyes
By Adrian Budhram
Richmond Hill, ON

Whether a sweaty handshake or a clumsy embrace, preparing for an awkward goodbye is daunting. Adrian Budhram lives in that moment of trepidation; from kindergarten expulsion triggered by macaroni art fraud, to extradition from England prompted by ferry-plundering along the River Thames, his life is a series of awkward goodbyes.

Dovetailed Delusions
By Cian Cruise
Kingston, ON

Rabid enthusiasm tempered by crippling self-doubt. Creative gusto hammered by analytic wonder-ectomy. Wishy-washy decisiveness transmuting success out of failure after failure. Acute conceptual acrobatics mired in the nether regions of addiction and sloth. A chainsaw reading the phonebook. One woman, one life, one book: a gleeful cluster of conscious contradictions.

Where's the @#$% honey?
By Kyla Hanington
Nanaimo, BC

Clawing her way up the landslide of life, Kyla Hanington takes us on the humorous journey of raising two children - and herself - while having the attention span of a bee on crack. Kyla crashes from one adventure to another with an overabundance of both enthusiasm and swearing.

If I Had a Clawhammer
By Christine Lovelace
Ottawa, ON
At the age of 40, when things started to sag and indigestion was a daily trial, Christine Lovelace decided that learning to play banjo would finally make her the hip kid she'd always wanted to be. Follow her on a topsy-turvy ride through the world of bum-ditty.

Mining the Lithium Vein
By Kim MacRae
Winnipeg, MB

Driven to distraction by a lithium shortage, bipolar geologist, shopaholic and credit card abuser, Kim MacRae, decides to mine her own vein. Follow her exploits as she bounces from mine to mine in Argentina, leaving a trail of unpaid bills, unscheduled departures and unsustainable ideas in her quest for pharmaceuticals.

Pit Mair In
By Stuart Mark
Okotoks, AB

Stuart Mark dwelled on a diet of deep-fried intention and ketchup, until he was driven out of Scotland for hating football and using passive verbs. Head down into the Chinook wind, Stuart collided with the Rockies and woke as a Canadian, but he is still arrogantly garbled by his homeland.

So What if I Waddle?
By Brianne Morgan
Fonthill, ON
Speaking out for the first time about the trials and tribulations of being raised by penguins, Brianne Morgan delivers a heart-wrenchingly sarcastic account of the stereotypes and misconceptions that contemporary society has against the tuxedo-wearing waddlers of Antarctica.

Canadian Identity Crisis

By Sylvia Olson
Kamloops, BC
Sylvia was born by the Black Forest in Germany where she was raised on Grimm Fairy Tales. She moved from the country of uniformity to the land of diversity. Now she lives in the forests of BC, reads Ondaatje, drinks Frappuccinos and does her ATM banking in English and Chinese!

Self-Constrained Underwhelming Breeder Acrobatics
By Eric Rumble
Montreal, QC

People who can make babies do not necessarily know how. Drawing on years of lame courtship and futile attraction, Rumble explores the grey side of dating, revealing how to sidestep that special someone. Sometimes he tries too hard. Sometimes he tries foolishly. Sometimes he gets duped. Always he tries again.

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