Plays and Prose Competitions: Striking Prose & Play Right Prize

The University of Lethbridge has two student writing competitions annually, Play Right Prize and Striking Prose, 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.


  • 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 - March 8, 2018 at 5 pm.
  • 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

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).
  • Plays must have a reading time no shorter than 30 minutes and no longer than 60 minutes.
  • Submit entry form (below) and play, which has only the title on the first page (please number pages).
  • Submit entry in hardcopy to Shawn McNamara (W660) by 4 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Play Right Prize Submission Guidelines

Play Right Prize Entry Form

For questions contact Gail Hanrahan:

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 A840E.
  • Submit entry form and play, which has only the title on the first page (please number pages) in hardcopy to Bev Garnett (A812) by 4 pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Striking Prose Entry Form

For more info contact Jay Gamble,