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Steven Hayward's 'Spitting Image' a Canada Writes Finalist

Steven Hayward's 'Spitting Image' a Canada Writes Finalist

A short story by Associate English Professor Steven Hayward has made the Canada Writes shortlist of the top 20 “BloodLines” finalists. The finalists were selected from a field of more than 800 entries.

The task was to write a true story, in less than 400 words, about one’s family, hence the “BloodLines” title.

Hayward’s entry, “Spitting Image,” recalls an oft-repeated directive from his grandfather, usually delivered at the family Sunday dinner, as to exactly what Hayward should do at his funeral. Let’s just say that even as a child, the prospect of carrying out his grandfather’s wishes made Hayward uncomfortable.

"This is a true story I've always wanted to tell," Hayward said. "I knew it was a good story because it sounded like fiction. Only it isn't. It's great to have it recognized in this way."

BloodLines judge Lawrence Hill, author of “The Book of Negroes,” will select the final winner, who will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts