October 02, 2017

2018 Stephen Leacock Student Humorous Short Story Competition

The Stephen Leacock Medal for Canadian Literary Humour is a prestigious annual which honours the great humorist Stephen Leacock.  While the award is generally given for books for adults, the Stephen Leacock Associates foundation sponsors a student competition.  What a great way to get more humour in our lives, get your students writing with purpose and maybe even win a few dollars!

Here are the details for the competition, as well as a teacher's guide for writing humour, which are posted at https://www.leacock.ca/studentaward.php.

Stephen Leacock 
Student Humorous Short Story 

Write a humorous story or personal essay in English with maximum word count of 1500 words.
• titled
• typed, double-spaced on one side of the page only
• pages numbered and without any other identifying marks
• cover page must be included and provide: title, student's name, name of school, school's telephone and email address

Judging by 3 published authors is blind i.e., cover pages with key information are removed and the entry is assigned a number which is logged with student's info in a register which is only seen after judging is complete.

Send 3 copies of each entry (plus $5 entry fee) by April 15, 2018 deadline to:
Christine Spear
Contest Registrar
8-40 Victoria Crescent
Orillia, ON
L3V 6N6

Post marked no later than April 15, 2018

Limited to Ontario secondary school (public or private) students.

First prize:  $1,000
  + • 2  tickets to the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal Banquet gala (June 9, 2018)
     • accommodation for two
     • an autographed copy of the medal-winning
     • 2 tickets for the Authors Night (June 8, 2018) at which all winners will read their stories

Second prize: $700
  + • 2 tickets for the Authors Night (June 8, 2018)

Third prize: $300
  + • 2 tickets for the Authors Night (June 8, 2018)

Announcements and Presentations:
Winners announced: May 15, 2018

Authors Night (for all winners): June 8, 2018, Best Western Mariposa Inn, 400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia

Gala Dinner (for 1st place winner):  June 9, 2018, Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia

Christine Spear
Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal

Retrieved from https://www.leacock.ca/studentaward.php on October 2, 2017.

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