Stories must be 1,500 words or less, written in English, and must be the original, unpublished work of the author.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, in institutions such as adult learning facilities, private schools or homeschools (see below for details on entry for category two students).
Interested students must submit their stories to their high school's respective selection process which will be determined by each school.
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.
All regular admission secondary schools in the Grand Erie and BHNCD School Boards may enter up to four stories each. Category two schools in the Grand Erie and BHNCD school boards catchment areas (which includes private schools, provincial schools or facilities serving adult learners) may enter one story for every 250 students enrolled in the institution at the secondary level.
Homeschooled students may send their stories directly to the Laurier Stedman Prize contest email, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
Stories will be entered in the contest in the form of MS Word or PDF documents (PDFs are preferred). They should be printed in 12-point, Times New Roman font and must not contain any information in their text that could be used to identify their authors or their school of origin.
The teacher coordinator will provide this information to the contest administrators only after the adjudication process is complete.
All entrants will be invited to an awards event in February 2020, at which the winners will be announced.
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.
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.
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