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 2018-19 contest theme is allies. Participants are asked to consider how we can all be advocates for equity. 
  • Where are there opportunities for collaboration to end systemic gender inequity?

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 HeForShe Writing Contest is now closed. Thank you for your interest!