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Call for submissions: The Song That Changed Your Life

UPDATE: THE CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned to Canada Writes for selections of the top stories and, of course, to find out who is going to win the challenge.

Everyone has that one song, symphony, or movement  (or that one musician or band) that stood by you through the most important times in your life. We want you to tell us a true personal story about a pivotal moment in your life, and the music that accompanied it.

Was the rocky relationship you had with your father cooled the time Patsy Cline came on the car radio? What happened to you the night you fell in love watching Puccini’s La Bohème (and not with the date you arrived with)? Or how about the summer you taught yourself how to play classic Beatles’ tunes on your absent brother’s guitar?

Music has the power to evoke such strong memories, invisibly recording moments of our lives alongside the melodies and lyrics in the groove of a record (or the bits of an MP3). 

Tell us a story about one of these moments, along with the music on the soundtrack of your life.

To get you inspired we will be running musical memories from some of your favourite Canadians writers. Canada Writes editor Maria Schamis Turner kicks the competition off with a piece on the music of her childhood.

To be valid, entries must be received by 12:00 pm EST on January 22, 2013. Entries must be between 300 and 400 words, and only one entry per person is permitted.

The winner will receive a 16G iPad Mini. We will announce the judge in the coming weeks.

And don’t forget, the Creative Nonfiction Competition is still open this month. Interested participants have until February 1st to send in their original, unpublished works of Creative Nonfiction (between 1,200 and 1,500 words). First prize consists of $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, publication in enRoute magazine, and a two-week residency at The Banff Centre.

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