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University-wide Writing Prizes

In addition to the prizes awarded by the English Department every year, papers that students write for their English and Creative Writing courses may also be eligible for other, university-wide writing awards. Many of our undergraduates have won these awards in the past, and we encourage them to nominate their own creative work for The President’s Creative Writing Award and The Lorna Marsden Prize for Creative Writing in French. Departmental faculty may wish to nominate excellent student essays for the LA&PS Writing Prizes.

The President's Creative Writing Awards

The President's Creative Writing Awards recognize excellence in the categories of short fiction, poetry, screenplay and stage play. They are open to all York undergraduate students.

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The Lorna Marsden Prize for Creative Writing in French

The Lorna Marsden Prize is awarded to the student who writes what is deemed the most accomplished and persuasive creative work written in French poetry, short fiction, short drama or in the mixed genres. The creative work must be inspired, persuasive, original and entirely in French. The value of the work will be judged by two readers well versed in French and English. The award is campus wide, open to submission by all undergraduate students and administered by the Office of the Dean in Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

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LA&PS Writing Prize

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Writing Prizes are open to all kinds of writing (except creative writing) from undergraduate students enrolled in LA&PS courses, including case studies, administrative/executive reports, reviews of all kinds, non-fiction prose and formal essays. There are five categories: first through fourth year and also Undergraduate Thesis/Major Research Project.

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Daniel Whittaker-Van Dusen Prize

The Daniel Whittaker-Van Dusen Prize for Emerging Poets is available campus-wide for students whose work explores, provokes and challenges readers' understanding of the world. The prize was established in memory of Daniel, a philosophy graduate who wrote poetry that explored the absurdities of life in a precise and unafraid voice.

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Richard Teleky Short Fiction Prize

The Richard Teleky Short Fiction Prize is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student for a single, original, previously unpublished work of short fiction submitted as part of an annual competition.

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