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Twitter Challenge today!

Get out your tiny pencils! The first ever Canada Writes Twitter Challenge is taking place today between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET. 

During this 12-hour period, we're looking for you to Tweet your shortest short story (using the #canadawrites hashtag). The whole story must fit in one 140-character Tweet (and that's including the #canadawrites hashtag - so really, the story itself must be maximum 126 characters) 

Since many of you are already busy preparing your submissions for the Short Story competition (deadline one week away: November 1) this won't be too much of a detour. So take a break and try something new. Or better yet, try to distil the short story you are currently working on down to a single Tweet. How's that for a challenge?

Author and journalist Todd Babiak (@babiak) will be our guest judge. Todd is the award-winning author of the novels Choke Hold, The Book of Stanley, The Garneau Block, and most recently, Toby: A Man. He is also a culture columnist for The Edmonton Journal, where he writes about the interesting people and whimsical stories that come out of his city.

Out of the Tweets we receive during the call for submissions period, Todd will pick one winner and two runner-ups. The winner will receive an iPod touch, and the two runner-ups will receive a collection of books.

It all begins today at 10 a.m. ET. Participate, read along, and retweet the stories you like throughout the day. 

Be sure to check out the rules & regulations before you submit.
Additional questions? Please write to us at canadawrites@cbc.ca

Good luck! See you tomorrow!

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