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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

The inaugural Laurier Stedman Prize for young writers is open to secondary school students in the catchment area of the Grand Erie or Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.

This contest is for student works that are:

  • original
  • unpublished
  • short, fictional narratives of 1,500 words or less
  • written in English

The Laurier Stedman Prize is one of the richest writing contests for high school students in the entire world! It is funded by a gift from Brantford’s Mary Stedman and administered by the English program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Laurier’s Brantford campus.

How to Participate

If you're a student at a participating high school, talk to one of your English teachers to get started. Eligible students submit their stories to the contest’s teacher coordinator at their high school. Your school will choose a maximum of four stories to enter in the contest.

All entries will be evaluated by juries administered by faculty members of Laurier’s Brantford campus. A jury made up of local politicians, authors and university administrators evaluates the prize rankings. Winning stories will be published on the university website. Be sure to check out the contest rules section for more details.


Prizes will be given to the top three original short story submissions. All contest entrants will receive a participation prize.

  • First place (one awarded): $3,000 cash prize.
  • Second place (two awarded): $2,000 cash prize.
  • Third place (three awarded): $1,000 cash prize.

Contest Documents

Email Tania Iezzi to request any of the following documents:

  • author guidelines
  • consent and disclosure form
  • Laurier Stedman Prize poster (for print)
  • Bachelor of English at Laurier poster (for print)
  • Bachelor of English at Laurier postcard (for print)

Media and Educators Contact Us:

Ken Paradis, Coordinator, English, Faculty of Liberal Arts


Tania Iezzi, Administrative Assistant


Students, please contact your participating English teacher for questions about the contest.


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