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Announcing the Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge

Do you know who your friends are? As of 10 AM ET today Canada Writes launches a new, 24-hour writing challenge — and it's all about the true stories you choose to make public.

Ready, set, go!

The  Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge is on! Between 10 AM ET today (Thursday, January 26) and 10 AM ET tomorrow (Friday, January 27) we are looking for you to send us your true stories about the people in your life — could be a friend, family member, co-worker, etc. The kind of story you tell is up to you. Could be funny, poignant, lighthearted or downright devastating.

This challenge will get to the root of what we've been exploring over the last weeks on Canada Writes, leading up to the deadline for the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize: the notion of making private stories public, and implicating real people in the true stories that writers choose to tell.

The judge for our challenge is writer JJ Lee. Lee is the author of the book The Measure of a Man, a memoir about the complex relationship he had with his Father. The book was nominated for this year's Governor General's Literary Award for Non-fiction, and is also a Charles Taylor Prize finalist (read our Q&A with JJ Lee here). JJ will pick his favourite story, and the winner will receive an iPod Touch

How to participate:

1. In 100 words or less, write a true story that involves someone in your life, and use that person's name in your story. It could be a family member, a friend, a teacher, anyone — but the person must still be living. 

And then, if you’re game, we invite you to share the story online using Facebook. Here are some things you can do:

Mild: Post the story on the Canada Writes Facebook Wall. (And like us for tips, updates and other goodies.)

Medium: Post the story as a status update on your own Facebook wall, tagging the Canada Writes Facebook page in your post so we can see and track your entry. (See below for instructions on tagging.) 

Spicy: Post the story via Facebook (either on our wall or on your own) and tag both the Canada Writes Facebook page and the person you're namedropping, too. But be sure to get their permission first! Canada Writes does not assume any responsibility for the content you may tag, post or otherwise use for this activity. 

An example of a spicy post: 

***If you wish to post the story as a status update on your own Facebook wall (medium profile), please make sure that you "Like" the Canada Writes page and set your status update to "Public" as you see it below:

So, whose story will you be brave enough to tell? Get writing, Canada!

You can enter as many times as you like (but you must namedrop someone different each time.

How to tag a person or a page on Facebook: 
In the status box where you are posting your story, type the "@" symbol then begin typing the name of the person (or page) you want to tag. As you start typing the name of the person/page (after the "@" symbol — for example @Canada Writes), a drop-down menu will appear that allows you to choose from a list of people/pages. Click on the person you wish to tag, and the name will pop into your post, highlighted in a different colour. The @ symbol will disappear. 

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