Submissions are now being accepted for the William Westfall Canadian Studies Prize

The William Westfall Canadian Studies Prize is open to any student registered in 1000, 2000 and 3000 level Canadian-themed courses offered at York University. Course directors from these first-, second- and third-year courses are invited to submit up to two outstanding papers per class for consideration. Submissions are also welcome from non Canadian-themed courses, so long as the papers themselves are primarily concerned with the study of Canada.

Contest submissions will be judged on their originality, creativity, research, readability and contribution to the study of Canada.

Formal papers of all kinds (essays, reports etc.) are welcome. The organizers encourage papers written in either French or English.

One winner will be chosen for each year level by an interdisciplinary committee of tenure-stream York University professors.

  • Each winner will receive a transcript notation and official letter.
  • Each winner may also submit their essay for permanent web publication under a static York University URL.

Winners of this contest will add several important qualifications to their graduate and professional applications.

Submission guidelines

Course directors should submit a clean electronic copy of the paper by April 30, in Microsoft Office format, to:

Jon Sufrin, Keele campus Canadian Studies Program coordinator, by e-mail to

Submissions should include “William Westfall Prize” as part of the subject header and include the course number and name.

For more information, including the 2011 winners, consult the Canadian Studies Program website.