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Ottawa Chinatown BIA is offering $2,000 worth of prizes for creative story writing! Chinatown will soon be undergoing an exciting makeover and installing new street furniture (e.g. benches, litter bins, etc.). The new furniture is designed to represent Asian culture and will display various symbols, such as lanterns, dragons, seasonal flowers, and zodiac signs. For your chance to win, write an original story that describes the meaning behind these symbols and how they came to be. (To see images of these symbols, please visit our website at

Each winning story will receive a $100 gift certificate. There is no fee and no limit to the number of articles an individual may enter. Please submit each entry separately and include your name, address, phone number, and email address. Your entry should be typed and emailed/delivered to:

Chinatown BIA
5-299 Bronson Ave.
Ottawa, ON
K1R 6J1

Deadline for entry is 5pm on Feb 28, 2013.

 Winning stories will be posted on our website on March 30, 2012. Your contact information will be kept private and only be used to notify you if you have won. If your story is selected as a winner, Chinatown BIA reserves the right to use it for promotion purposes should they choose.