The Broken Social Scene Story Contest


1st prize: Jane Ozkowski
"Completely unique, totally riveting, and really fucking cool! This story completely stood out from all the other entries. A quietly frightening journey into a strange post-apocalyptic world. Beautifully written and full of amazing images. A unanimous jury favourite." – Jury citation

2nd prize: Shari Kasman
"Funny, original, and charming. The author has created an incredibly strong and unique narrative voice. This story gives heart to weird people everywhere!" – Jury citation

3rd prize: Jesse McLean
"Subtle, elegant, and mysterious. This story keeps surprising the reader right to the end. The best use of song title in the contest." – Jury citation

Honourable Mention: Eliza Robertson
"This story was fun, funny, and full of steam! A great tie-in to the song. The author has a wonderful command of dialogue and voice. Effortless reading." – Jury citation


The Broken Social Scene Story Project:
Short Works Inspired by You Forgot It In People

Foreword by Carl Wilson

Thirteen short stories inspired by Broken Social Scene's You Forgot It In People

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Capture the Flag – Sheila Toller (Toronto)

Sheila Toller

Originally from Ottawa, Sheila Toller writes and edits in Toronto. Her short fiction has been published by Diaspora Dialogues. She has studied creative writing at the University of Toronto and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

KC Accidental - Morgan Murray (St. John’s)

Morgan Murray

Morgan Murray was born and raised near the same backwoods west-central Alberta village (Caroline) as world figure skating champion Kurt Browning. These days he lives, works, plays, writes, organizes a monthly event series, manages a slo-pitch team, and very slowly renovates a really old house in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In between he has studied in Calgary, Prague, and St. John’s, and has paid rent in Montreal, Chicoutimi, and Paris.

Stars and Sons - Tom Halford (St. John’s)

Tom Halford

In February 2013, Tom Halford became a new father. He met his beautiful wife at university, where they both attained masters degrees in Applied Doodling. Once they were finished their degrees, they travelled to South Korea to teach Charades as a Second Language. When they came back, they got married and had a baby girl. Their daughter, Violet, is the most wonderful tiny-human imaginable. Tom aspires to compete on the competitive diaper-changing circuit. He has clocked in at under fifteen seconds and is still honing his craft. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, but was born and raised in New Brunswick.

Almost Crimes (Radio Kills Remix) - Hollie Adams (Calgary)

Hollie Adams

Hollie Adams is originally from Windsor, Ontario. She currently lives in Calgary, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Calgary. Most of her time is spent writing, reading, changing her mind about her research interests every two weeks or so, and looking at photos of dogs on the Internet. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Fire, The Windsor Review, Carousel, Filling Station, and online at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. If she had a dog, he would be named Boots.

Looks Just Like the Sun - Jesse McLean (Toronto)

Jesse McLean

Jesse McLean is a writer of humour, fiction, and culture commentary. ECW Press published his book The Kings of Madison Avenue: The Unofficial Guide to “Mad Men” in 2009, which was translated for Germany and Brazil in 2010. His work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Movie Entertainment, PopMatters, and Yankee Pot Roast. Impromptu dance numbers lack technical grace but brim with “pizzazz.”

Pacific Theme - Shari Kasman (Toronto)

Shari Kasman

Shari Kasman writes short, medium, long, and extra-long sentences. Her work has appeared in Matrix, Joyland, and Little Brother Magazine, as well as on her computer’s hard drive. She is also the creator of satirical online projects on the topics of laundry lines and street furnishings. She lives in Toronto.

Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl - Caitlin Galway (Toronto)

Caitlin Galway

Caitlin Galway is a Toronto-based writer, and English Literature major at Queen’s University. She was recently an editorial intern for Calyx Books, and is now an editorial associate for Mansfield Press, and editor for Metazen. Most recently, she won the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Grant, the Toronto Arts Council Writers Grant, the 2012 Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Grant, Riddle Fence’s 2011 Short Fiction Contest, and CBC’s 2011 Stranger than Fiction Contest. She was also shortlisted for Matrix magazine’s 2011 Litpop Award and Glimmer Train’s 2010 Fiction Open Contest, and was a finalist for the 2012 Gloria Vanderbilt Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous journals across North America, and her debut novel is set for release in 2013 with Aqueous Books. She has mentored under novelist Helen Humphreys, and studied creative writing for four years under poet Carolyn Smart.

Cause=Time - Jane Ozkowski (Toronto)

Jane Ozkowski

Jane Ozkowski is currently a writer, formerly a synchronized swimmer. Her work has most recently been published in Poetry is Dead. She can be found online at

Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for The Missionaries - Eliza Robertson (Victoria)

Eliza Robertson

Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and studied creative writing and political science at the University of Victoria. She pursued her MA in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer. In Canada, she has won three national fiction contests, has been twice longlisted for the Journey Prize, and was a 2013 finalist for the CBC short story prize. Right now, she is completing her first novel and story collection.

Shampoo Suicide - Marisa Gelfusa (Toronto)

Marisa Gelfusa

Marisa Gelfusa writes fiction and poetry. At this time, she has one work in the “unfinished novel” drawer, is writing a second, and is making plans in her head for a third. Her stories and poems have been published in various collections — some stapled by hand, but not all. She is a past winner of the CBC–Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Award. In her free time, she moonlights as a program director and trainer in the non-profit sector.

Lover’s Spit - Meghan Doraty (Calgary)

Meghan Doraty

Meghan Doraty holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has published in the likes of Descant, Wascana Review, Prairie Fire, and upcoming in the Echo Ink Review. Her short story “Ornaments” was longlisted for the CBC Literary Awards in 2011 and “The Mannequins” was nominated for the Pushcard Prize. She was the recipient of the UBC Undergraduate Fellowship and the Grant MacEwan Literary Arts Scholarship from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Since 2008, Meghan has organized and hosted the monthly reading series Flywheel. She is currently studying to be a medical doctor at the University of Calgary.

I’m Still Your Fag - Zoe Whittall (Toronto)

Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is the author of the award-winning novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible (House of Anansi) and Bottle Rocket Hearts (Cormorant), which was named one of the top ten essential novels of the decade by CBC Canada Reads. She is currently adapting both novels into feature film scripts. Her journalism has appeared in The Walrus, The Believer, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post, and she has published three volumes of poetry, most recently Precordial Thump. The Globe and Mail called her the “cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler...”

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart - Marcia Walker (Toronto)

Marcia Walker

Marcia Walker’s stories have been featured on the CBC Radio programs DNTO and The Wild Side, and she has had personal essays published in the Globe and Mail and Skirt magazine. In 2011, she was shortlisted for PRISM magazine’s literary non-fiction contest, and recently she was shortlisted for PRISM’s 2013 fiction contest. This year she has been working with Susan Swan on a novel through the Humber School for Writers. Walker lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

Jury: Broken Social Scene members Leslie Feist, Brendan Canning, Amy Millan and Charles Spearin, and Janice Zawerbny, Senior Editor at House of Anansi Press.

Prizes: The above finalists will have their short story published by House of Anansi Press in The Broken Social Scene Story Project: Short Works Inspired by You Forgot It In People ebook.

The top 3 stories overall will be awarded the following additional prizes:

Download the press release announcing the winner (PDF).

Download the press release announcing the finalists (PDF).

Download the press release announcing the longlist (PDF).


This Book is Broken:
A Broken Social Scene Story

By Stuart Berman, with foreword by Brendan Canning

A spectacular oral and visual history of altrock phenomenon, Broken Social Scene.

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