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Announcing the winner of Hyperlocal

We asked you to tell us your stories of changing neighbourhoods, and you did. We received hundreds of wonderful stories from across the country which are all featured on our interactive story map

Then you voted for your favourite finalist stories from the Hyperlocal competition to help us crown Canada's Choice (congratulations again, Wayne!)

Today, Canada Writes—along with our Hyperlocal collaborators, the National Film Board of Canada—bring you the winner of the challenge. 

And the winner is...

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Melissa Bull of Montreal, Quebec for her story In the Shadow of the Canada Malting Silos.

Here is what the jury had to say about Melissa's story:


Ian Hanomansing: "There's something about this story that makes me think about the small town I grew up in. The story and images are quite different so it must be the reflective tone. I liked reading and re-reading it and then thinking about my hometown."


Jeremy Mendes: "This is an excellent and enigmatic story that evokes death, decay and renewal."

Lisa Moore: "I loved the photograph with the subtle blush of red on the concrete in the foreground and the three other touches of red, a flag and two plastic garbage barrels, a composition that leads the eye all over the image. There's a kind of decaying industrial grandeur in it. And I thought the written piece captured a unique childhood, made rich with imagination, full of wonder and danger. Every detail vivid. An evocative voice."


As well as winning a Macbook Pro, Melissa's story has been adapted into a beautiful interactive story by the National Film Board of Canada's Digital Studio. 

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A big thank you to everyone who sent in their stories, shared, commented, read and voted. Don't forget, you can still keep those stories coming. We'll continue showcasing them on our Hyperlocal map!

image-bull.jpgMelissa Bull is the editor of Maisonneuve's "Writing from Quebec" column. Her poetry manuscript, "Rue", was shortlisted for the 2013 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Event, Lemon Hound, and Matrix magazine. Melissa lives in Montreal.


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