The Laurier Stedman Prize is one of the richest writing contests for high school students in the entire world, and the prizes are even bigger this time around. It is funded by a gift from Brantford’s Mary Stedman and administered by the English program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Laurier’s Brantford campus.
The 2023-24 version of the Laurier Stedman Prize for young writers of short fiction is now open. The content will close in April 2024. If you have a story written, or want to write a story and have it considered for this competition, talk to any English teacher at your high school in the Grand Erie or BHNCD school board!
The contest is open to secondary school students in the catchment area of the Grand Erie or Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.
This contest is for student works that are:
If you're a student at a participating high school, talk to one of your English teachers to get started. Your school will choose a maximum of four stories to enter in the contest.
All entries will be evaluated by juries administered by faculty members, staff and students of Laurier’s Brantford campus. A jury made up of past Laurier Stedman Prize winners and well known authors will evaluate the finalists. The winning stories will be published on the university website (check out past grand prize winners, including Abby Traina's The Lechton Wanderer, Samiha Sanjida's The Year I Dreamt and Cavelle Sprule's Eight, Ten, Twelve).
Cash prizes (see below) will be given to the top six original short story submissions, and the remaining stories in the top 10 will be awarded a merchandise prize. All stories entered in the contest by their schools will receive a participation prize.
Media and Educators Contact Us:
Laurier Stedman Prize
Ken Paradis, Laurier Stedman Prize Coordinator
Lisa Wood, Laurier Stedman Prize Coordinator
Students in Grand Erie or BHNCD school board high schools, ask your English teacher about how you can participate in the contest.
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