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SLC's Undergraduate Writing Contest: Lower-Division entries still being accepted

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How do I enter?

If you are an undergraduate student working on your first degree and you have completed at least 15 credits, then you are eligible to enter. The Lower Division Category is open to students who have completed 15-59 credits. (The Upper Division Category, now CLOSED, is open to undergraduate students who have completed 60+ credits, including Honours students.) 

Submit a paper that you have handed in (or will hand in) to any SFU course between January 1 and December 31, 2018. Length: 1,250 to 2,500 words.

Note: Papers may be revised before submission. Revision may be necessary to meet word count. 

What can I win?

Winning entries in each category will be awarded a prize:

  • First prize: $200
  • Second prize: $150
  • Third prize: $100

All winners and “honourable mention” papers will be published online by the SFU Library as examples of strong writing across the disciplines.

Can SLC Peers (past and present) enter?

Yes! We also encourage our current and former SLC Learning, Writing, and EAL Peers to submit a paper in the appropriate category. Former peers must be enrolled as SFU undergraduate students in Fall 2018 to be eligible.

Can EAL writers enter? 

Absolutely! We warmly welcome submissions from writers who have English as an additional language. 

Can papers written for science/business/math courses be entered? 

For sure they can! All papers will be judged by our panel of interdisciplinary faculty judges

Who will judge the contest? 

Lower Division Judges: 

Dr. Sheri Fabian - Criminology 

Dr. Clare McGovern - Political Science

Dr. Mark Lechner - Faculty of Health Sciences


Upper Division Judges: 

Dr. Mark Fettes - Faculty of Education

Dr. Deanna Reder - English/First Nations Studies Departments 

Anne-Kristina Arnold - Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 

How can I find out more?

See General information: SLC writing contest for more information, including eligibility and judging criteria. See the Submission Instructions for how to enter and Submissions for how to submit your papers.


Submission deadline December 16

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