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The Song That Changed Your Life

We have a winner: The Song That Changed Your Life

Thank you to everyone who shared their stories of "The Song That Changed Your Life" with us. 

Our readers Jane Silcott and Jason Schneider were impressed by so many great stories and so many great songs! And so was our judge, Dave Bidini

And the winner is…

Lyle Burwell of Gloucester, ON, for his story "She Whispers," which tells the story of the magical moment when Lyle was first introduced to rock and roll. 

Here's what Dave Bidini had to say about "She Whispers":

"Written with true economy of language and evoking a vivid fissure of our past, this story has two things required of most short pieces: saying lots with little, and telling one tale well. The author also manages to covey the beginning of something: a form of music, a life, and an awakening of popular culture. The writing is winsome and reflective, but not too gooey, and the voice is child-like but also mature."

Congratulations Lyle! Read our Q&A with him to learn more about how he came to write his story. 

Dave also had this to say about the shortlisted stories: 

"I also should add: tip of the hat to a very strong group of stories, all comparably good. And, for the record, contests victories do not a great writer make. Hard work and working often produce their own rewards, some sooner than others."

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