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  • Fall 2019 – Grand Erie and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board (BHNCDSB) high school teachers choose four stories written by students in their schools in the 2018/19 or Fall 2019 academic years to enter into the competition.
  • December 10, 2019 – All entries must be uploaded by registered teacher contacts.
  • February 10, 2020 – Laurier Stedman Prize Awards Celebration.


Stories must be 1,500 words or less (excluding the title), written in English, and must be the original, unpublished work of the author.


The contest is open to any student enrolled in a participating secondary school in the Grand Erie or Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board (BHNCDSB) districts.

This includes “category two” students who reside and study in the catchment area of these boards such as those at adult learning facilities, private schools and homeschools (see below for details on entry for category two students).

Entry Procedure

Interested students must submit their stories to their high school's respective selection process which will be determined by each school and be made known to all prospective contestants prior to their engagement with the contest.

This may result in different entry conditions between different schools, for example some schools may decide to restrict entrants to students enrolled in Grade 11 or 12, or even to students enrolled in certain Grade 11 or 12 English classes.

Number of entrants

All regular admission secondary schools in the Grand Erie and BHNCD School Boards may enter up to four stories each. Category two schools, those outside of the Grand Erie or BHNCD School Boards (private schools, provincial schools or those serving adult learners) may enter one story for every 250 students enrolled at the secondary level.

Homeschooled students may send their stories directly to the Laurier Stedman Prize contest email, Submissions from homeschooled students will be adjudicated by a panel at Laurier Brantford, and entered into the contest at a rate of 1/20 stories received (e.g. 19 stories will result in one entry; 22 stories will result in two entries).

Entry Format

Stories will be entered in the contest in the form of MS Word and PDF documents. They should be type-written in 12-point, Times New Roman font. The stories selected by each school and entered in the Laurier Stedman Prize contest must not contain any information that could be used to identify their authors. The stories will be entered “blind” with only the teacher contact at each school retaining the personal identifying information of the authors.

The teacher coordinator will provide this information to the contest administrators only after the adjudication process is complete.

Awards presentation

All entrants will be invited to an awards event in early winter 2020, at which the winners will be announced.

Property Rights

Submission to the contest gives Wilfrid Laurier University the authority to reproduce the submitted text and associated audio or video files in all any form it deems necessary to the adjudication of the contest, and the authority to reproduce the submitted text after the contest, in the form of having the story (credited to its author) published in the print media (ie. Expositor, Brant News, Sputnik, Cord), on the Laurier website (contest page), and used in the promotion of the contest.

The authors retain all copyright and intellectual property rights in their work. Both Laurier and the authors retain commercial rights to the work.

Photo and biographical consent

Entry to the contest implies consent to allow Wilfrid Laurier University to use a personal photo of each entrant and biographical information provided by the entrants in any way deemed necessary to the promotion of the contest.


The decision of the contest judges is final.

Media and Educators Contact Us:

Laurier Stedman Prize


Ken Paradis, Laurier Stedman Prize Coordinator 2019/20


Students in Grand Erie or BHNCD school board high schools, ask your English teacher about how you can participate in the contest.


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