Marguerite R. Dow Canadian Heritage Award

This contest is now closed. Thank you to all those who entered!

Awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities through the generosity of Marguerite R. Dow, Professor Emerita, The University of Western Ontario, who taught English and Drama in the Faculty of Education from 1965 to 1985.

A prize up to $1,000 is awarded to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident registered in any undergraduate or graduate program at Western. 

Contest Rules

  1. Entries must be submitted by Friday, February 1, 2019.
  2. Participants must submit, in English or French, any personal and recent work of creative writing, in any genre or length, on a theme of Canadian Heritage.
  3. The theme may focus on any subject (such as place, relationships, history, circumstances, etc.).
  4. You should submit work that has not hitherto been published or entered in any other competition.
  5. If submitting in French, please include an English translation.
  6. One entry per person.
  7. One of the following would be a suitable submission:
    • a poem, or a brief series of linked poems
    • a one-act play, or scenes from a longer work
    • a short story or novella, or selections from a longer work of fiction
  8. Submissions must include a cover page with the following information:
    • your name
    • student number
    • email address
    • telephone number
    • contest name: Marguerite R. Dow Canadian Heritage Award
    • do not include any personally identifiable information on the work itself
  9. Entries must be submitted in hard copy only to the Department of English and Writing Studies, University College, Room 2401, Western University.
  10. The winning entry will be named by April of 2019.
  11. The winner will be notified by email.
  12. The results will be posted on the Department of English website and social media channels.


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Printable version Marguerite R. Dow 2018


Year First prize Title Adjudicators
2018 Emma Croll-Baehre & Trevor Zaple "Untitled" & "Sodom Road" Professors Madeline Bassnett and Joshua Schuster
2017 Alero Ogbeide “The Best Worst Place I’ve Ever Lived” Professors Madeline Bassnett and Joshua Schuster