LA&PS Prizes for Creative Writing

Creative Writing students are also eligible for eight undergraduate prizes:

The Lorna Marsden Prize for Creative Writing in French The Lorna Marsden Prize for Creative Writing in French is to be given to the student from all York campuses who writes what is deemed the most accomplished and persuasive creative work written in French poetry, short fiction , short drama or in the mixed genres, in the fall/winter session of our University. The criteria are these: the creative work must be inspired, persuasive, original and entirely in French. The value of the work will be judged by two readers who are well versed in French and English. The award is campus wide; open to submission by all undergraduate members of the university. The Lorna Marsden Award has been established to honour the student who demonstrates the vivid ability to write a creative work in French.
The Judith Gewurtz Memorial Poetry Award Awarded for the best poem submitted by a creative writing major who is completing Year 3 of study (90 credits). The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and an Ontario resident.
Babs Burggraf Award in Creative Writing This award offers financial assistance to a Year 4 student majoring in creative writing with proven talent and achievement in the area of short story writing. Faculty members in the program will nominate Year 4 students (successful completion of at least 84 credits) who have submitted short stories as part of their academic work for the session. The recipient must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, an Ontario resident and demonstrate financial need.
bp nichol Award bp Nichol’s death in September 1988, before his 44th birthday, was a tragedy for York University and the Canadian literary world. He was a winner of the Governor-General’s Award, a Fellow of Calumet College and taught with the Creative Writing program. He is remembered as a gentle, giving and humane man. This award, in the form of a book certificate, is given to an exceptional undergraduate student writer for accumulative achievement in creating writing. To be eligible, students must be nominated each spring by an instructor in the Creative Writing program.
Sorbara Award in Creative Writing Awarded to students with proven talent and commitment in the area of creative writing. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and demonstrate financial need. This award is made possible by the generous donation of Gregory and Kate Sorbara and their six children, all of whom have a strong dedication to the creative arts and music.
Stanley Fefferman Prize in Creative Writing This award is presented to the student who produces the best final class portfolio in an introductory creative writing course.
Adrienne Grago Memorial Prize for Short Fiction The Adrienne Grago Memorial Prize for Short Fiction was established by Barbara Rasha Grago and Jennifer Hann in memory of Barbara's daughter Adrienne, who graduated from York University with an Honours BA in Creative Writing and English in 2007. This prize honours the best short story by a creative writing major who is completing his or her third year of study.