Celebrating short story fiction writing at the post-secondary level in Canada
Beginning in 2020, and in alternating years for the next decade, the Bridge Prize intends to inspire and motivate the next generation of Canadian literary artists as they transition to careers as professional writers. The Bridge Prize is presented by the School of Liberal Education at the University of Lethbridge.
Deadline for submission
The deadline has passed and no more submissions will be accepted in the 2020 competition. We thank all students for their submissions.
The adjudication process will begin in February and the winner and three finalists will be announced in September. Best of luck to all entrants!
The next prize will be awarded in 2022. Submissions for the 2022 Bridge Prize will be accepted beginning January 2021.
- The Bridge Prize competition is open to any student registered in a Canadian post-secondary institution as of the January 20, 2020 entry deadline.
- Submitted works (in English only) must be unpublished and have not previously won any similar competitions.
- Only one submission per student.
Founding Donor: Mr. Terry Whitehead (BA '94)
The founder and lead donor of The Bridge Prize is Terry Whitehead, a Vancouver-based alumnus of the University of Lethbridge. He has pledged to fund this bi-annual competition for ten years.
School of Liberal Education at the U of L
The U of L’s foundational teaching and learning philosophy of liberal education enhances the ability to explore, contextualize, and contribute to the world around us. Exploring and explaining the world through fiction is what writers do.