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The Founding College of the University of Toronto

Meyer (Mike) Greenstein Memorial Student Award for Writing Excellence

Established in 2007 in memory of Meyer Greenstein (UC '40), the Meyer (Mike) Greenstein Memorial Student Award for Writing Excellence offers a single prize of up to $1,000 each year for excellence in any of these categories:

  • Academic Essay
  • Other Prose
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Short Story

    Conditions Governing the Greenstein Award:

    1. This award is open to students enrolled in University College or to students from other colleges who are enrolled in University College-sponsored or affiliated courses or programs.
    2. Course instructors may nominate a student with the student’s consent.
    3. All entries shall automatically be entered into each of the competitions for which they are eligible. Students may submit no more than one entry in each of the following categories: Academic Essay; Public Writing; Poetry; Drama; Short Story; and Other Prose.
    4. Entries in the categories Academic Essay and Public Writing must have received a grade of at least 85%. In either category, students registered at UC must submit work from a U of T course; eligible non-UC students may submit work only from a UC program course or course in an affiliated centre.
    5. Entries in the category Public Writing must not exceed 1,000 words.
    6. Entries in the categories Poetry, Drama, and Short Story may include a poem or small group of thematically related poems of up to 1,200 words, a play of up to 10,000 words, or a short story of up to 7,500 words.
    7. Other Prose includes such forms as journalism, biography, and travel literature. Entries in the category Other Prose must not exceed 7,500 words.
    8. The Writing Awards Committee may, if appropriate, choose to move an entry to a different category.

    9. The name of the award winner will appear on the University College website.
    10. Copyright for award-winning entries shall remain with the author.
    11. Entries shall be submitted online by May 15.