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We have a winner: Close Encounters with Science

We had a lot of fun reading your true stories about the interactions you’ve had with science and technology that left a lasting impact. And our judge, the author and CBC Radio "Spark" host Nora Young, did too!

There were so many great stories (read some of them here), but only one person can win the grand $1,000 prize. 

And the winner is…


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Janet Trull of Ancaster, Ontario. 

She won for “The Science of Recess”, an account of the forbidden yet fascinating biology classes that took place in her school’s playground. 

Here's what our judge, Nora Young, had to say about Janet's story: “It was an original take on the topic, and had a real sense of energy and assuredness in the writing.”

Congratulations, Janet! Read our Q&A with her to learn more about how she came to write this close encounter with science and her plans for the $1,000 prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Public Draw

But wait... there's more! As a thank-you to everyone who participated, we put the names of all writers who submitted to the Close Encounters with Science Challenge into a draw for two complete sets of the seven books that won this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards. 

Congratulations Brian d’Eon (Nelson, BC) and Sherwood Hines (Halifax, NS)! You have won copies of this year’s GG winners. Thanks for playing!


Submit to Creative Nonfiction 

Were you inspired by our challenge? Was there more you wanted to say about this experience of yours? Well, consider expanding upon it (or writing something completely new) for our Creative Nonfiction Competition. The deadline is February 1. You could win $6,000.

Stay tuned… The next Canada Writes challenge takes place on December 18.



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