Glendon French studies student Myriam Leduc has won this year’s Micheline Saint-Cyr Prize for her short story, Sophia.
Leduc’s story was chosen by an adjudicating committee comprised of Franco-Ontarian writers Marguerite Andersen, Jocelyne Le Ber and Michel Thérien, and chaired by York Professor Lélia Young. Sophia will be published in Virages, a prestigious Franco-Ontarian short story journal.
Right: From left, Lélia Young, Monique Adriaen, chair of the Department of French Studies, Myriam Leduc and Sylvie Blakeley-Déjy
The Micheline Saint-Cyr Prize is an annual French-language short story contest that celebrates writing produced by York students. Each year, the best short story is awarded a prize of $150 and the writer is celebrated during a special event hosted by the Department of French Studies. The contest was open to all undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students enrolled in French studies.
More about the Micheline Saint-Cyr Prize
The prize was created by Lélia Young in 2002 during her role as president of the Société des écrivain-e-s de Toronto (la SET). She established the award to honour the memory of the French Canadian poet and artist Micheline Saint-Cyr, who died in 2002. Saint-Cyr founded La Chasse-Galerie in Toronto (1968-1980), organized Toronto francophone writers in 1984 and served as the coordinator of the literacy centre, Alpha-Toronto, from 1988 to 1996. The award celebrates Saint-Cyr’s many contributions to Franco-Ontarian culture and community. In 2004, the Department of French Studies became the partner of la SET for the awarding of the Prix Micheline Saint-Cyr to recognize the creativity of its best students on an annual basis.