Budding writers—anyone from current high school students to mature storytellers are welcome to submit their creative non-fiction essay to TRU’s contest by Dec. 15, 2017.
This year’s theme is about uncertainty and opportunity. Writers are invited to share about a time they have taken a risk and how it has shaped their perceptions, values and goals.
Creative non-fiction allows for the display of techniques from all writing areas. This genre includes memoirs, biographies, humorous writing, personal essays and travel writing.
Contestants can be any graduate of a Canadian high school who qualifies for admission to a TRU program of their choice starting September 2018 or January 2019. Contestants must submit a self-written creative non-fiction essay of a minimum of 1,500 to a maximum of 2,500 words on the broad topic of “a time they have taken a risk.” Submissions must be completed through the online form at tru.ca/writingcontest before the deadline of 11:55 p.m. Dec. 15, 2017.
The Human Experience theme kicked off last year’s inaugural contest. Eighteen entries were longlisted from 52 submissions by TRU’s senior editing class under the guidance of a TRU instructor.
The long listed submissions were short-listed by a panel of judges. The panel included instructor Susan Buis, who landed a spot on the 2016 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize Longlist with her latest work What Lies in Sight of the Teller; instructor Karen Hofmann, who recently took first place in the annual UBC Okanagan writing contest and was longlisted for Best Canadian Poetry in English in 2012; and Pete Smith, a Canadian poet whose poems, reviews and essays have been published widely in the UK, the USA and Canada.
The grand-prize (first year of tuition at TRU) winner was selected from the short-list.
Bronwen Evans, a Kamloops-based home-schooled student, who graduated from high school last spring, started her dual degree in computing science and business this September at TRU.
Last year’s judges are encouraging a full understanding of the genre, proper planning in the process and lots of proof reading.
for more information:
English and Modern Languages
Faculty of Arts