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The Lorna Marsden Prize for Creative Writing in French

The Lorna Marsden Prize is awarded to the student writing 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.


Candidates must be full-time or part-time York University undergraduates.

Submissions will be received in the following categories:

  • poetry
  • short fiction
  • short drama 
  • mixed genre

A prize of $1,000.00 will be awarded. In the event that the judges conclude no entry is of sufficient merit, no prize will be awarded.

The results of the competition will be announced in the spring and the prize will be awarded at the Creative Writing Awards reception. The winner’s name will be published in yFile and will be posted on the English Department and Creative Writing Program website.

There is no minimum or maximum length requirement in each category, but submissions must fall within these categories (for example, the awards are not open to novels and opera librettos). Contestants may submit no more than one entry.

All submissions must be unpublished and original.

Please do not include the author’s name in the submission itself; include it only in your online submission form. Submissions that include the author’s name on the manuscript will be disqualified.

No late submissions will be accepted. No paper submissions will be accepted.

Past Winners

Diana Eve Amiscaray - Winner

Sara Youssef - Honourable Mention

Helen Lam

Frederico de Paiva Guimaraes

Frederico de Paiva Guimaraes

Gabriella Giordan

Frederico de Paiva