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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.

The 2021/22 version of the Laurier Stedman Prize for young writers of short fiction is now open. The content will close in April 2022. If you have a story written, or want to write a story and have it considered for this competition, talk to any English teacher at your high school in the Grand Erie or BHNCD school board!

How It Works

The contest 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  • unpublished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

How to Participate

If you're a student at a participating high school, talk to one of your English teachers to get started. 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 and students of Laurier’s Brantford campus. A jury made up of past Laurier Stedman Prize winners, authors, local politicians and university administrators will evaluate the finalists. The winning story will be published on the university website (check out the 2018 winner Abby Traina's The Lechton Wanderer and the 2020 winner Samiha Sanjida's The Year I Dreamt). See the contest rules for more details.


Cash prizes (see below) will be given to the top six original short story submissions, and the remaining stories in the top 10 will be awarded a merchandise prize. All stories entered in the contest by their schools 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

Media and Educators Contact Us:

Laurier Stedman Prize


Ken Paradis, Laurier Stedman Prize Coordinator


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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