UVic Diversity Writing Contests

Writing
Excerpt from Jordan Abel's opening speech at the 2015 reading of the winning submissions.

How do I enter?

Diversity Writing Contest:
  • Submit your entry to from now until Jan. 9th, 2017.
  • Enter one of the three categories below:

    • Poetry (150 lines maximum)
    • Fiction (2000 words maximum)
    • Non-fiction (2000 words maximum)
  • Open to UVic students only
  • This year's judge is author Celu Amberstone
Diversity Spoken Word Contest:
  • Record and upload a 3-minute maximum spoken word/slam piece, then email a link to from now until Jan. 9th, 2017.
  • Open to anyone in the UVic or Greater Victoria community
  • Videos don't have to be fancy - just you speaking your poem!
  • This year's judge is current City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Ann-Bernice Thomas

Theme

All entries must be related to diversity, equity and/or inclusion; diversity of expression, form and topic are welcome!

Prizes

Writing Contest winners will receive the following:

  • $250 first place; $150 second place (in each category)
  • Award certificate, cash prize and public recognition at the UVic Diversity Research Forum opening reception, Jan. 26, 2017
  • Public performance of winning pieces at the UVic Diversity Research Forum opening reception, Jan. 26, 2017
  • Invitation to a 2-hour writer's workshop with this year's celebrity author and judge
  • Winning entries will be published on the UVic Libraries' and VPAC's websites

Spoken Word Contest winners will receive the following:

  • $200 first place; $100 second place; $50 third place
  • Award certificate, cash prize and public recognition at the UVic Diversity Research Forum, Jan. 26, 2017
  • Public performance of winning pieces at the UVic Diversity Research Forum opening reception, Jan. 26, 2017
  • Winning entries will be published on the UVic Libraries' and VPAC's websites

Contact us

For information about the Diversity Writing Contest, email Sarah at .

For information about the Diversity Spoken Word Contest, email John at .

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Thank you, sponsors!

A big thank you to the UVic Libraries, VPAC and our fabulous Faculty and Departmental sponsors: Business, Continuing Studies, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Humanities, Human and Social Development, Law, Science, Social Sciences & the UVic Writing Department.