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BloodLines: New writing about the essence of life

Get ready for ten new literary works about one of life’s most essential substances: blood. Starting November 4th, Canada Writes will begin publishing a series of new poems, short stories and personal essays written by a selection of Canada’s finest writers.
Inspired by Lawrence Hill and his 2013 Massey Lecture series Blood: The Stuff of Life, BloodLines looks at the vital substance from different angles. Ten past winners and finalists of the Governor General’s Literary Awards will present original works on the theme. Throughout November, you can find varied and engaging compositions here at Canada Writes by writers Elizabeth Abbott, Julie Bruck, Afua Cooper, Phil Hall, JJ Lee, Kerri Sakamoto, Linda Spalding, Rosemary Sullivan, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Alexi Zentner.

Of course, you get to be a part of the series too. Canada Writes will hold a companion writing challenge where you will dig through your family’s past and share the most remarkable story from your family bloodline. Your story will be shared with Canada Writes readers and with Lawrence Hill. Hill will judge the BloodLines writing competition. There’s a great prize: $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts. So start sharpening those pencils. 

Check back here on Monday for the first story in the series, “A Special Occasion” by Drew Hayden Taylor and for more details on how to enter the BloodLines writing competition.

See you Monday!


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