2022 Bridge Prize

Celebrating short story fiction writing at the post-secondary level in Canada

The Bridge Prize was established in 2019 by the School of Liberal Education as a biennial competition celebrating excellence in short story fiction writing at the post-secondary level in Canada.  The founder and doner of the Bridge Prize is Terry Whitehead, a Vancouver-based alumnus of the University of Lethbridge.  Founding sponsors included The Walrus and Munro's Books of Victoria.


The Bridge Prize awards $7,500 to the winning author and three finalists each receive $1,000.  The 2020 competition drew over 340 entries from students attending 61 colleges and universities across nine provinces.  The 2020 Bridge Prize Winners were announced on September 23, 2020.  

The Bridge Prize is named after the iconic High Level Bridge that dominates the Lethbridge landscape, and for the intent of the competition to assist students pursuing literary careers to transition, or bridge, to the world of professional writing.  The Bridge Prize inspires and motivates Canada's next generation of literary artists.