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Share a story from your family tree for a chance to win $1,000!

During the month of November, Canada Writes is asking you to dig through the pages of your family’s past and share with us a compelling story from your bloodline.
We want the stories you tell at parties and at dinners with friends. When your family gets together, what stories are retold? Do you have a colourful aunt or uncle? How did your grandmother get her pasta recipe? Why don’t you ever talk about that relative two generations back who disappeared so suddenly and mysteriously?  

Pluck the juiciest story from your family tree and share it with us.

The ask: 
Stories must be true and be between 400 and 500 words. Submissions must also include an image (something to illustrate your story). Please note that the photo is not part of the judging criteria. There is no entry fee, and only one entry per person is permitted. Please read the full rules and regulations before submitting. 

Deadline to submit:
11:59pm EDT on December 2, 2013.

The prize:
$1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Good luck!

BloodLines is held in conjunction with The Massey Lectures and the Governor General’s Literary Awards. This year’s Massey lecturer, Lawrence Hill, is our judge. He will choose his favourite story, and we will award the writer of that story $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Ten former winners and finalists for the Governor General's Literary Awards have also shared with us their stories about blood. You can read them here >>

Get in touch with us at canadawrites@cbc.ca


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