on the Verge Student Writing Contest


What is on the Verge ?

on the Verge Writing Contest showcases and celebrates emerging UVic student voices with an annual theme under the broad rubric of equity, diversity and human rights. As a reformulation of the 10-year running Diversity Writing Awards, we carry forward the spirit of diversity under a broader umbrella and with a renewed spirit of creative exploration. The contest is co-sponsored by UVic Libraries and Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) with significant support from other units on campus.


The 2020 theme is COMPASSION.

The Dalai Lama has said that “Compassion is concern for others – sincere compassion for others’ well-being founded on awareness of our own experience. Since it makes us happy when others show us affection and offer us help, if we show others affection [and] readiness to help they too will feel joy” (Twitter, July 5, 2019). In a time of global communications and realities, how do we practice compassion on scales small to global? What are the effects of the practice of compassion? What does it mean to have compassion for those with whom we share experiences, and those of widely varying identities and life paths? How far / how transformatively can individuals delve into the their potential for generating compassion and joy in others?

Tell us what compassion means to you!


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