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The Founding College of the University of Toronto

Writing Awards at UC

Awards for UC and UC-program students

Applications for the 2022 UC Writing Awards will reopen in fall. The deadline for submission will be May 1, 2022. The next National competition will be in 2023. Expect some changes to both the UC and National awards—to be announced in early fall.

The following four competitions are open to any undergraduate student registered at University College or enrolled in a UC program course or a course in an affiliated Centre. The next deadline for all UC Writing Awards in is May 1, 2022. Entries will automatically be considered in each of the competitions for which they are eligible. Click on the links for full details.

  • 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 outstanding writing in an academic essay or creative work.
  • Established in 1946 in memory of Norma Epstein (UC ’45), the Norma Epstein Foundation Awards in Creative Writing offer prizes totalling approximately $8,000 each year in the categories of Poetry, Drama, Novel, Short Story, and Other Prose. 
  • Established in 1948 in memory of Professor Frederic Davidson (UC ’90), the Frederic Davidson Awards offer one prize of $2,000, one of $1,000, and one of $625 each year for any type of academic essay.
  • Established in 2019, the Lorne Tepperman Prize in Public Writing offers an annual prize of $1,000 for an outstanding paper on a topic of social significance in Canada aimed at a general audience.


Awards open to all Canadian students

Students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in any Canadian university can apply for the biennial Norma Epstein National Award in the categories of Poetry, Drama, Novel, and Short Story (next deadline: May 1, 2023). The total prize money in 2021 was approximately $8,000. Note: students enrolled in University College must enter the UC competition.