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2023 Student Writing Competition

Posted by GHO Admin on November 7, 2022 in Awards

Submissions Due: April 30, 2023
Theme: Community Engagement
Word count: Approx. 500

Our office is excited announce the 3rd annual Writing Competition open to all students at Dalhousie University. Unpublished and published pieces that have not previously been chosen as a contest winner are eligible; approximately 500 words. 

We are trying something new and will be aligning the theme for the piece with one of our programs. This year, students are encouraged to explore the theme of Community Engagement. This is of particular interest to students participating in the Community Engaged Service Learning Program, but all Dalhousie students are encouraged to participate.  Submissions will be evaluated based on idea, organization, style and grammar.

NB. Students participating in the Community Engaged Service Learning program are encouraged to submit their critical reflection. Students will have the opportunity to edit their reflections before publishing.

Prizes will be awarded based in the following categories:

  • Best Imagery
  • Most Cohesive
  • Best Literary Style

Our office has partnered with the Dalhousie Writing Centre and will be offering writing workshops for students. Students are encouraged to attend a workshop; this includes the Writing Centre's regular Wednesday Workshops.

CANCELLED - Writing Workshop Dates
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All sessions are 60 minutes

Workshop 1: Effectively communicating your research to a non-specialist audience (virtual)

Being able to describe your research for a non-specialist audience is an important skill to expand the reach of your work, gain funding, and pursue both academic and non-academic job opportunities. This 60 minute session will provide tips and techniques for writing about and presenting your work to a wide audience.

  • Wednesday, February 8 @5pm
  • Thursday, March 28 @5pm  

Workshop 2: Critical thinking for research and revision (virtual)

Successful academic writing requires the ability to think critically about the material you encounter in your research, the way you incorporate that material in your own work, and, more generally, how you present your thoughts to your readers. This workshop will give students the opportunity to practice asking critical questions to improve their academic research and revision skills.

  • Tuesday, March 9 @5pm
  • Thursday, April 20 @5pm

Please contact if you have any issues joining the sessions.