HeForShe Writing Contest Submission Guidelines

Eligibility Requirements

  • Contest is open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Waterloo.
  • Submissions must not have been previously published in any other forum, whether print or online. However, pieces that were submitted as part of course work at Waterloo will be accepted.
  • Entrants must consent to the publication of their work, whether in print or online. 
  • Entrants must consent to editing of their work for grammar and typos, as needed.

Content and Genre Requirements

  • Submissions must fall into one of three broad categories: fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry.
  • The 2017-18 contest theme is intersections. Participants are asked to consider how gender equity fits into the larger equity story and advances the University of Waterloo’s HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 goals.
  • Gender includes all genders, including two-spirit, transgender and non-binary people.

Formatting Requirements

  • Entrants may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be no longer than 5000 words.
  • Submissions must be received in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • Submissions must include a word count at the end of the document.
  • Fiction and creative non-fiction submissions should be double-spaced.
  • If a poem moves on to a second page, indicate stanza breaks with a backslash (/), as needed.
  • If submission is more than one page, include page numbers.

Submissions deadline

The deadline for submissions is October 27, 2017.