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Melissa Bull unveiled as winner of Hyperlocal story contest

05/30/2013 03:12 EDT | Updated 07/30/2013 05:12 EDT
CBC’s Canada Writes has unveiled Montrealer Melissa Bull as the winner of its hyperlocal challenge.

The content asked Canadians to submit their stories of changing neighbourhoods across the country.

- Read: "In the Shadow of the Canada Malting Silos"NFB's interactive version of Melissa Bull's story

- Canada Writes: Full review

- Interactive Map: Hyperlocal story submissions

Hundreds of stories were sent in, but Bull was crowned the winner for her piece, In the Shadow of the Canada Malting Silos.

Bull's work tells the story of growing up in Montreal's Saint-Henri district and describes the "unkempt wildness" of the borough's overgrown and abandoned lots.

Jury member and CBC reporter, Ian Hanomansing, said the story reminded him of the small town where he grew up.

“I liked reading and re-reading it,” he said.

Vancouver-based artist and jury member Jeremy Mendes called the story "enigmatic," for its evocation of death, decay and renewal.

Check out the full piece on CBC's Hyperlocal page.

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