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Laurier Stedman Prize celebrates talented young writers

A new literary prize administered by Laurier offers young writers the chance to win one of the largest cash prizes offered for creative fiction produced by high school students.

Launched in September at Laurier’s Brantford campus, the Laurier Stedman Prize is open to students living and studying within the geographic boundaries of the Grand Erie and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic district school boards.

The prize is funded through an endowment and estate gift from Mary Stedman. A great supporter of the university, Stedman passed away in 2014 and entrusted the university with the task of determining how to best use the funds.

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“Mary Stedman has given us the privilege and the responsibility of using this gift in a way that benefits the community and promotes learning,” said Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy. “We are proud to honour her legacy in a way that celebrates the arts, recognizes talented youth and builds upon the university-community connections that are integral to this campus.”

The English program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Laurier’s Brantford campus will administer the competition. The deadline for entries is Dec. 8, 2017. Winners will be announced during a celebration in early February.

A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top winners, including one first-place prize of $3,000, two second-place prizes of $2,000 each and three third-place prizes of $1,000 each.