House of Anansi holds Arts & Crafts contest
Members of the band Broken Social Scene perform during the Juno awards in Halifax, N.S. Sunday April 2, 2006.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
TORONTO - Publishing house House of Anansi has launched a Broken Social Scene-inspired short fiction contest to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Arts & Crafts record label.
Interested writers must create a piece of short fiction using one of the 13 songs from the hit Broken Social Scene album "You Forgot It In People" as either the title or theme of the story.
The 2002 album launched Arts & Crafts and won the on-hiatus Toronto indie-rock collective a Juno Award for alternative album of the year.
Contest submissions will be juried by House of Anansi senior editor Jared Bland.
Finalists will be judged by Bland as well as Broken Social Scene members Brendan Canning, Leslie Feist and Charles Spearin.
Toronto-based Anansi will accept submissions electronically through March 29, and 13 finalists will be announced on May 24.
Three winners will be announced on May 30 and awarded additional prizes.
The top 13 short stories will be published as "The Broken Social Scene Story Project: Short Works Inspired by You Forgot It In People" on June 8 as an eBook, powered by Anansi Digital, under House of Anansi's new short story imprint Astoria.
Anansi has previously published "This Book is Broken," an illustrated biography of Broken Social Scene.
This spring, the band plans to play at a festival marking the Arts & Crafts anniversary in Toronto.
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