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The Founding College of the University of Toronto

Norma Epstein Foundation Awards in Creative Writing: University College

Established in 1946 in memory of Norma Epstein (UC ’45), the Norma Epstein Foundation Awards in Creative Writing offer prizes totalling approximately $8,000 in the categories of Poetry, Drama, Novel, Short Story, and Other Prose.

Past UC and National Norma Epstein Award winners include David Adams Richards, Barbara Amiel, Stephanie Bolster, David Cronenberg, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Michelle Landsberg, Anne Michaels, Michael Ondaatje, James Reaney, Colleen Thibaudeau, and Miriam Waddington.

Conditions Governing the Norma Epstein Awards:

  1. These awards are open to any undergraduate student registered at University College or enrolled in a UC program course or a course in an affiliated Centre.
  2. 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: Poetry; Drama; Novel; Short Story; and Other Prose.
  3. Other Prose includes such forms as journalism, biography, and travel literature.
  4. Entries in the categories of Poetry, Drama, Novel, and Short Story may include a poem or small group of thematically related poems, a play of any length, a short story or small group of thematically related short stories of up to 7,500 words, an excerpt from a novel of up to 7,500 words.
  5. Course instructors may nominate students with the students' consent.
  6. The name of the award winners will appear on the University College website.
  7. One hard copy of the prize-winning composition shall be permanently deposited with University College, but copyright shall remain with the author. A copy may be given to the donor with the author’s permission.