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LA&PS Writing Prize

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) 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.* Digital Assignments should be submitted to the LA&PS Digital Composition Prize.

Winners and honourable mentions will receive a cash prize, a transcript notation, an invitation to a Fall 2021 awards ceremony, and the opportunity to have their paper permanently hosted online. Past winners from F/W 2015-2018 can be found in the York Repository, while F/W 2019 finalists were published in the first edition (F/W 2019) of Noteworthy, the LA&PS Writing Prize journal.  

Competition Guidelines

Any Course Director in LA&PS may nominate a paper (one per course) in the appropriate category. Submissions should be in Word format and include both a clean copy of the paper and a copy of the submission's associated assignment sheet. Please note that under normal circumstances, the competition will not accept multiple papers from the same course. Only the first paper submitted per section (e.g., WRIT 1700A, WRIT 1700B) will be considered.  

Please nominate your student’s paper using the year level of your course (not of your student). For example, a 4th year student writing in WRIT 2004 would be nominated in the 2nd year category. Eligible papers will come from courses offered during the Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms. 

F/W 2020 Entries will be accepted until June 14, 2021. For 1st and 2nd year categories, two honourable mentions and one winner will be chosen in each category. For 3rd and 4th year categories, three honourable mentions and one winner will be chosen in each category. Winners and honourable mentions will be contacted by the Faculty in Fall 2021. 

Additional Details


*Undergraduate Thesis / Major Research Project:

  • An undergraduate Major Research Project will normally be the primary assignment of a 4th year Directed Reading course (e.g. WRIT 4900, “Special Topics in Professional Writing”). Papers in this category should be 40-59 pages in length. Shorter papers (< 40 pages) should be entered in the standard 4th year category.
  • An undergraduate thesis will normally be the primary assignment of a named 4th year Honours Thesis course (e.g. EN 4099, “Honours Thesis”). It should be approximately 60-80 pages in length.

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This competition is adjudicated by full-time faculty from the Writing Department. If you have any questions about this form, this competition, or about the process for adjudicating these awards, please contact Jon Sufrin at jons@yorku.ca or x77473.