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Dream up your own Fringe show and win!


What would your one-man or one-woman Fringe show be? Tell us in our "Fringe For All" writing challenge and you could win a great prize!


Summer is Fringe festival season in Canada, where some of the best, most original writing the country has to offer is yours for a $10 ticket. 

To create our round-up of the 10 must-see Canadian Fringe shows of the summer, we read a lot of promotional blurbs about Fringe shows. A LOT. Which got us thinking: What would your own one-man or one-woman show be about? What would it be called? And how would you write it up to make it a surefire Fringe sensation?


Write the title and promotional blurb for your one-man or one-woman Fringe show. 

  • The show can be based on fact or fiction. 
  • The blurb (not counting title) must be between 50 and 75 words.
  • The more creative, outrageous, hilarious or heartbreaking, the better.
  • Feel free to make up fake media raves as part of the blurb.

The deadline to submit is Thursday, July 24 at 12 p.m. ET.

Looking for inspiration? Here are real promotional blurbs from two of the Fringe shows that made our Top 10 list:

by Nancy Kenny
Meet Amy: just turned 30 and still watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns in her basement apartment. She can’t possibly live up to the example set by her über-successful younger sister and dreams of a day when she can be a hero like the sci-fi goddesses she idolizes. With a mixture of heartwarming honesty and snappy observations, Amy discovers an inner strength she never knew she had and maybe finally beats her sister at something.

by Kira Hall
You want to talk about feelings? Lea doesn’t. She has no idea where her life is going, her parents are emotionally unavailable, and her brother Daniel is dying. So, to keep herself distracted, Lea has found a hobby. With the help of overhead projections and toys-turned-puppets, Paleoncology tells a story about siblings, dinosaurs, cancer, and personal potential.

The winner of the Fringe For All challenge will win a dozen great new books from Canada Reads and the CBC Books Summer Reading List. That's a whole year of leisurely reading, people! (Or a few months of really frenetic reading.) We'll also be holding some surprise pop-up book giveaways throughout the challenge.


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