Category Archives: Writing Contest

Congratulations to our high school essay contest winners!

This year, our Department organized a Grade 11 and 12 English Essay Writing Competition, and now we are pleased to announce the results.

Jack Farrell, winner of the 2017 High School Essay Writing Competition

Jack Farrell, winner of the 2017 MSVU English Essay Writing Competition, with English Department Chair Dr. Reina Green (left), and Dr. Janet Friesen (right), Halifax Grammar School

First prize:

Jack Farrell, Halifax Grammar School, “Creon as a Warning of Autocracy”

Honourable Mention:

Ciara Harris, J.L. Ilsley High School, “Contrasting Literary Styles in Fahrenheit 451 and Animal Farm

Ruining Zhang, Sacred Heart School of Halifax, “Sweet Potato Nostalgia”

Evelyn Cormier, Halifax West High School, “The Birth and Destruction of Honour”

Jack Farrell won an iPad Mini as the first prize, while the writers who received an honourable mention were awarded gift certificates to a local bookstore.

The Mount English Department is pleased to highlight the work of young writers, from high school through university and beyond. We look forward to seeing participating students, their parents, and teachers at a reception in the fall.

English at the Mount

Our English courses feature small classes where students have plenty of opportunities to write with feedback from their professors, while our unique Writing Minor focuses not only on creative writing, but also on rhetoric, editing, and writing in various genres.




Calling Creative Writers

Two chances to find an aCelebrating_Writing cropudience and win applause and prizes:

Submit something for the second annual Speakeasy — a reading of original student work work. Deadline March 8th.

The fifth annual Creative Writing Contest, sponsored by the Writing Initiatives Committee of the University, with prizes donated by the University Librarian. Deadline March 20th.

Creative Writing Contest for Mount Students

ImageThis is the fourth Creative Writing Contest sponsored by the Writing Initiatives Committee of Mount Saint Vincent University and the Mount Library. it is part of the fifth annual celebration of all things writing — and this year, of publishing in particular — but that’s another post.

The deadline is close at hand: procrastinators be warned.

Submissions in any genre are welcome, but they must be short, no more than 3000 words.  Send your poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or drama as a WORD, pdf, or rtf attachment to

Pseudonym:  To allow the judges to read “blind,” please put a pseudonym on the attachment, but be sure to tell us in the covering email what your pseudonym is. Only anonymous submissions will be entered into the competition.

Contact information:  In your cover email, be sure to include the following information:

  • your full name
  • the title of your submission
  • the pseudonym used
  • your program of study
  • an email or telephone number where you can reliably be reached at relatively short notice.

DEADLINE: All entries must be received by 5:00 pm on FRIDAY OCTOBER 4, 2013.

 PRIZEGIVING:  The winner will be announced at the Celebrating Publishing Conference on Wednesday October 16th at noon.

Did I mention the prize is $100?