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Norma Epstein Foundation Award for Creative Writing: National Literary Contest for University Students

The Norma Epstein Foundation Awards in Creative Writing at University College at the University of Toronto were established in 1946 in memory of Norma Epstein (UC '45). Biennial national prizes are offered in the total amount of approximately $2,000, open to any student currently registered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a Canadian university.

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 and Miriam Waddington.

    The next National Norma Epstein competition will be in 2021. The deadline for submission will be May 1, 2021. To enter, please return to this site in September 2020.

    Conditions Governing the National Norma Epstein Awards:

    1. These awards are open only to students currently registered in an undergraduate or graduate program in a Canadian university. Note: Students registered in University College at the University of Toronto must enter creative work in the UC Competition.
    2. Entrants may submit no more than two entries in total and no more than one entry in any of the categories: Poetry; Drama; Novel; Short Story.
    3. 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, a novel or the scheme of a novel accompanied by approximately 7,500 words of the novel itself.
    4. The next deadline for the National Norma Epstein Award is May 1, 2021.