Nominate student work for the LA&PS Writing Prize and Digital Composition Prize 

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Two Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) competitions are now accepting entries: the Fall/Winter 2021-22 LA&PS Writing Prize and the LA&PS Digital Composition Prize

The LA&PS Writing Prize is accepting nominations from course directors in LA&PS until June 13. With the exclusion of creative writing, course directors can nominate any LA&PS Fall/Winter 2021-22 course assignment into one of five LA&PS Writing Prize categories. LA&PS instructors are encouraged to participate in this annual opportunity by recognizing the best writers in courses from every LA&PS discipline. 

“We want to stress that we will accept writing of all kinds,” said competition coordinator Jon Sufrin. “Case studies, administrative/executive reports, blog entries, reflective work, reviews of all kinds, non-fiction prose and undergraduate dissertations are all welcome. One of the recognized papers last year was an economics report. We’re always glad to get submissions from departments like Administrative Studies and Information Technology.” 

Prize winners and honourable mentions will receive a cash prize, a transcript notation, an invitation to an awards ceremony, and the chance to have their paper permanently hosted online in Noteworthy, the LA&PS Writing Prize Journal. Additional submission criteria and rules can be found on the LA&PS Writing Prize website

“Seeing my work on the Noteworthy website was a proud moment,” said May Mac, last year’s second-year student winner. “I gained the confidence to seek out other writing opportunities, and I hope future winners can experience the same thrill.” 

For the LA&PS Digital Composition Prize, instructors can nominate any digitally based assignment for the competition. Entries should not be prosed-based, but include elements such as: hyperlinked sound, video, graphical elements and other digital aspects in a publicly accessible format. All work should be in alignment with Canadian copyright law. 

“The Digital Composition Prizes are a fantastic way to recognize the innovative and creative digital assignments designed by LA&PS students,” said Associate Professor Natalie Coulter, director of York’s Institute for Research on Digital Learning. “The competition recognizes those students leading the way in 21st century online digital genres and who are creating new ways of storytelling for the decades to come.” 

Digital submissions of students work is to be submitted to the LA&PS Digital Composition Prize by June 17. Winners and honourable mentions from the LA&PS Digital Composition Prize also receive the opportunity to have their work permanently hosted on the competition’s winners gallery

Entries are assessed by faculty from multiple departments in LA&PS. Questions about the LA&PS Writing Prize or the LA&PS Digital Composition Prize can be directed to Sufrin at or x77473.