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The Canada Writes Edible Nonfiction Challenge

Presented by Canada Writes and Air Canada's enRoute magazine

Does food play an important role in your writing? Is it a living, breathing character whose presence gives us a glimpse into your life or the human condition? Do you take particular pleasure in reading about it? Does your mouth water and tummy rumble when you come across the perfectly described plate? 

Well if you're a foodie and like to write, Canada Writes will be your happy home from December 12 to January 3. We've partnered with award-winning enRoute magazine to present our next online writing activity: The Edible Nonfiction Challenge.

We want you to send to us your 250 to 300-word true personal stories that feature food as a character. Think of them as short, tasty little bites. Tell us about your first job as a pizza-delivery person. Or what happened that Christmas you worked in a soup kitchen. 

Several of enRoute's premiere food writers will be sharing their own memories with us as well on our site, and we will continue to post your stories as picks-of-the-day. enRoute's editor-in-chief, Ilana Weitzman, will choose a winner. 

The deadline for the competition is January 3, 2012 at noon ET. All submissions must be between 250 and 300 words, and sent electronically through our submission form. There is no fee to participate. And only one entry per person is permitted.

The winner of The Edible Nonfiction Challenge will receive a $200 gift card for the restaurant of their choice featured among enRoute's Canada's Best New Restaurants 2011. The winning story will also be featured on our website.

If the winner is not able to make use of the gift card, he or she may opt instead for an iPod touch loaded with the brand-spanking-new enRoute food app, enRoute Eats.

Good luck!

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