Striking Prose Competition

The University of Lethbridge has two student writing competitions, Striking Prose and the Play Right Prize both generously supported by U of L alumnus Terry Whitehead.

Both competitions are open to ALL U of L undergraduate students in good standing at the competition closing date. One entry per student. Student group entries are welcome.

Striking Prose Competition

  • Entry should be no more than 6,000 words
  • Include a cover page with your name, story title and your contact information (phone number and e-mail address). The story itself should only have the title of the work on the first page.
  • Get a submission form and complete guidelines from outside room A-840E (Prof. Jay Gamble's office).
  • Submit entry in hardcopy to Bev Garnett (A-812) by 4:00 p.m. on January 10, 2018.
  • For more information contact Jay Gamble

Play Right Prize Competition

  • Refer to the submission guidelines for precise details – entries may be discarded if instructions are not followed exactly.
  • Script must be intended for the stage (not television, film or other media) and have a reading time of 30-60 minutes.
  • Get the submission form and complete guidelines on the Drama Resources page.
  • Submit entry form and play, which has only the title on the first page (please number pages).
  • Submit entry in hardcopy to Shawn McNamara (W660) by 4 p.m. on January 10, 2018.


  • First prize $1,500, second prize $750, and third prize $250 for each competition
  • A public reading of the first place winners at the University of Lethbridge - Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Winning play receives dramaturgical support from a member of the adjudicators
  • Winning story receives writing support and advice from the adjudicators

Submission deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018