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Tell us your true story of belonging for a chance to win $1,000

Where do I belong? How do I belong? Why do I belong?
When do I belong? Who do I belong to?

For former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the question of belonging is at the heart of her 2014 Massey Lectures. Whether you are a new Canadian or a new high school student—no matter who you are, you have a story to tell.


Note: the submission period for stories of belonging is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Share your personal story about belonging for a chance to win one of two $1,000 prizes from the Canada Council for the Arts (two age categories: 12-18, and 19 and over). Write from the heart about a moment or journey that made you feel like you belonged—or like you didn’t.

Looking for inspiration? Read original true stories of belonging (and non-belonging) by these Governor General's Literary Award winners and finalists:

Rawi Hage

"A Letter to a Neighbour"

Greg Hollingshead

"Living Big"

Susin Nielsen

"Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)"

Teresa Toten

"Everybodies Has Got Someting"

Priscila Uppal

"Circle of Light"


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