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True Winter Tales: We have a winner!

Adam Gopnik has handed us the envelope and we have a verdict: find out about the winner (and surprise runner-up) of the Canada Writes True Winter Tales Challenge.
And the winner is...

Out of a veritable snowdrift of entries (over 1,500!) for our True Winter Tales Challenge, we have a winner: judge Adam Gopnik has selected "Girls versus Janitor" by Katrina Johnston of Victoria, B.C. as the winning story.

Here's what Adam had to say about his choice:

In "Girls Versus Janitor" I love the elegant recreation of a seemingly modest but actually intensely felt schoolyard scene, and I also love the graceful way the last two sentences recapitulate the story's themes.  

Congratulations, Katrina! Read our Q&A with her to learn more about how Katrina chose to write about this childhood memory, and her plans for the $1,000 prize (from the Canada Council for the Arts).

Adam's "honourable mention"

But wait, there's more - we have a runner-up! Adam Gopnik gave an honourable mention to "Inside Out Under a Winter Sky" by Chris Nelson of Calgary, AB. 

Adam's thoughts on this story:
"Inside Out" just has a lovely story of Canadian baptism to tell - a first hockey game against maximum security prisoners! - and tells it modestly and well, and suggests that being Canadian is a question of time and ice.  

Congrats, Chris - for that beating you took on the ice and the pains you took to write about it, you win a grab bag of this year's Governor General's Award-winning English-language books. 

Surprise! "People's choice" awards

Here at Canada Writes HQ, we've been greatly enjoying the comments you've been posting about your own favourite stories from the Canada Writes True Winter Tales Shortlist. So we thought we'd give a special nod to the three stories that, apart from the winner and runner-up, garnered the most comments from readers: 

  • "Creating Memories" by Marina Mavridis of Westmount, QC
  • "Solitaire" by Genevieve Jones of Killaloe, ON; and 
  • "Winter at the Sam Waller Museum" by Joanna Reid of Toronto, ON 

Congratulations, Marina, Genevieve and Joanna! You'll all be receiving a copy of Adam Gopnik's 2011 CBC Massey Lectures, Winter: Five Windows on the Season, courtesy of the kind folks at House of Anansi.

Did you enjoy this challenge? Be sure to check back on Monday, December 12th. We will be launching a new writing challenge for over the holidays.

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