The 6th Annual SLC Undergraduate Writing Contest opens November 28th

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The Student Learning Commons invites all undergraduate students to enter the 6th annual writing contest. 

 You are invited to submit a paper you wrote for an SFU undergraduate course during the 2022 calendar year (January-December). Although papers must have originally been written for a course, they can be revised for the writing contest to ensure they meet the contest criteria. 

Plurilingual Prize Category: For the Plurilingual Prize category only, you can choose to submit a paper you already wrote, or write a paper specifically for the contest.  The Plurilingual Prize is designed to celebrate excellent writing that engages with multiple languages, multiple Englishes, and a variety of plurilingual rhetorical strategies. 

  Cash prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners in each category.

 All contest winners and honourable mentions will be published in an open access writing contest journal. 

 Co-authored papers can be submitted to the contest. In such cases, one author will complete the submission process, however, all co-authors must agree to the submission. In the case where a co-authored paper wins, the prize money will be divided equally among all co-authors. 

How to enter and other details

For more, including all contest details, the submission page, and past winners, see the SLC Writing Contest journal Contest Information page.  

Spotlight on two 2021 winners 

Mireta Strandberg-Salmon won 1st Prize in the Fourth Year+ Category in the 2021 contest for the paper "Re-Storying the Anthropocene: No Golden Spike, No Silver Bullet"

Here is what Mireta had to say about the contest: 


This paper meant a lot to me (it was my last-ever undergrad paper [...]) and I am so pleased that it resonated with a wider audience. I have never had anyone understand my writing so completely [as the judge who presented my award] – you captured the essence of what I was trying to communicate in my paper so beautifully and succinctly. Thank you for giving it such care and attention. I am excited to go and apply my writing skills to real-world solutions, and will do so now with an extra bounce in my step.

  Mireta Strandberg-Salmon

Emily Ma won 1st Prize in the Plurilingual Prize Category in the 2021 contest for the paper "Eating Bitterness (吃苦): Critical to Chinese Immigrant Identity or Perpetuating the Model Minority Myth?"

Here is what Emily had to say about the contest: 


I first found out about the SLC Writing Contest when I was trying to write my very first paper for university. It was extremely helpful to stumble across the SFU SLC website, where I found samples of student writing from past Writing Contest winners, which helped me get a sense of different writing styles from fellow undergraduate students. I ended up submitting this same paper to the SLC Writing Contest after my professor encouraged our class to submit our work, and it was such a pleasant surprise to be selected as one of the winners of the 2021 volume!

  Emily Ma



November 28 - January 6
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