2021 Verge contest winners

2021 Verge contest winner celebration

Join us in a virtual Zoom celebration of our 2021 on the Verge contest winners:

Thursday April 8, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Register for the event!

on the Verge winners publication.


Charlie Eggeling // 1st place


Goodbye to peeling leather

Charlie is a second-year undergraduate student in writing and political science. He was born and raised in Kelowna, BC, and now resides in Victoria. He primarily writes fiction and screenplays, with an emphasis on themes of social issues, philosophy, and human connections.

Sydney Low // 2nd place


I'm going to live with my girlfriend

Sydney has been telling stories since she could form thoughts, and writing since she could hold a pencil. She is currently a second-year writing major, and one day hopes to create YA novels with a spotlight on queer characters. Her favourite genres to write in are dystopia/sci-fi and fantasy, but all of her work aspires to have diverse characters and be women- and queer-centric. When not writing, she spends her time dancing, rock climbing, practicing karate and talking herself out of getting a dog (before she graduates, anyways).



Jenessa Joy Klukas // 1st place



Jenessa Joy Klukas is a fourth-year Writing major at the University of Victoria. She was raised in northern BC on the land of the Haisla nation but belongs to Xaxli’p First Nation. Her favourite activity is snowshoeing, she plays guitar and ukulele in her spare time, and her favourite books are The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

Sarah Holman // 2nd place


Sudoku and Speedos

Sarah Holman is a Canadian writer, currently in her second year at the University in Victoria. Her major is Writing, focusing specifically on Creative Non-Fiction and Screenwriting, and her minor is Digital Media. She is currently living in her home town in the North Okanagan, where she works part-time at the local cheese factory. In between school, she spends most of her time outside, hiking and exploring around the area. 



Valentina Ibarra García // 1st place


Ode to Angélica

Valentina Ibarra García is a second-year Psychology and Environmental Studies student. Born and raised in Mexico City, she moved to Canada pursuing different opportunities and perspectives. Motivated by her English teacher, she has been writing since she was 13; this is the first time she has submitted her work. She has also begun working on her first novel. Besides writing, she is passionate about training in aerial arts, climbing, nature, intersectional feminism, and Taylor Swift. She is currently a dance therapy and circus instructor. 

Leanne Hill // 2nd place


If I can adapt then I will not die

Leanne Hill (she/her) is a mature student completing her social work degree at the University of Victoria.  Originally from Saskatoon, SK, Leanne now lives and grows on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen speaking and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples in Victoria, BC.

Her work focuses on the themes of social justice, womanhood, and violence.  Her writing can best be described as finding one’s own identity in the midst of society that routinely defines how a woman should be.

Leanne is an ensemble member of the 2020-2021 Fireworks Mentorship Program for spoken-word artists.  She continues to find her voice through creativity and passion.


Spoken Word

Antonella Cecilia Luzardo Gonzalez // 1st place


My mother looks at me 

Antonella Gonzalez is in her final semester at UVic graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy. She is a proud Venezuelan-born and B.C.-raised spoken word poet who has taken a hiatus from performing, but hopes to start again after she graduates. In her writing and in her everyday life, Antonella approaches the world through the lens of a woman of colour who believes in the importance of being human in a world where we often forget what that looks like. Her writing also explores themes of strength, mental health, and spirituality. More of her spoken word can be found on YouTube where she has poems with over 200 thousand views.

Lindani Khoza // 2nd place


Dear white people

Lindani Khoza is a writer, musician and artist from Cape Town, South Africa. He has been writing and making music since his early childhood, demonstrating leadership and achievement in his school choirs, musicals, and traditional music ensembles. Over the past few years he has coordinated, organized, and participated in several productions, showcases, and festivals in Southern Africa and Eswatini such as MTN Bushfire, UWC Africa Week, and the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. In 2018, he wrote and produced the song “Colour” for Swazi Rapper, King Terry. “Colour” went on to win Song of the Year in the 2018 MTN SWAMA Awards and secure a top spot on the Taffy Raw Top Charts.